Microbiology Minor

A minor in microbiology is an outstanding way to add to your toolkit of skills and prepare you to pursue opportunities in the workforce or in graduate or professional schools. Many students earn advanced degrees in medicine or biology, while others seek employment in the health, pharmaceutical or biotechnological professions.

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite Courses

One of the following Biology Sequences:

  • BS 109 - General Biology I Credits: 3
    BS 110 - General Biology I Laboratory Credits: 1
    BS 119 - General Biology II Credits: 3
    BS 120 - General Biology II Laboratory Credits: 1
  • BS 132 - Introductory Biology I Credits: 3
    BS 133 - Introductory Biology II Credits: 3
    BS 134 - Introductory Biology I Laboratory Credits: 1
  • BS 136 - Phage Hunters I Credits: 2
    BS 135 - Introductory Biology II Laboratory Credits: 1
  • BS 137 - Phage Hunters II Credits: 2

Required Courses

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 243 Microbial Science 3 credits
BS 244 Microbial Science Laboratory 1 credit
BS 343 Microbial Genetics 4 credits
BS 466 Genetics 4 credits

Elective Courses

At least one elective course must have a laboratory component.

Course Number Course Name Credits
BS 308 Human Parasitology 3 credits
BS 348 Clinical Microbiology (cross-listed at MT 348) 4 credits
BS 355 Clinical Immunology 3 credits
BS 375 Environmental Microbiology 3 credits
(lecture only, no laboratory)
BS 450 Virology 3 credits
(lecture only, no laboratory)
BS 453 Microbial Physiology 4 credits
BS 456 Immunobiology 4 credits
(lecture only, no laboratory)
BS 499 Directed Research in Biological Sciences 1-3 credits
(2 credits maximum) 

Requirements & Expectations

You must complete a minimum of 18 credits above the introductory level. Of these 18 credits, a minimum of 12 credits of minor coursework must be completed in addition to any courses (required courses or program electives) included in the major curriculum.

Interested students should apply to the minor program early in their academic career, usually by the fifth semester of college work, but no later than the end of the drop/add period of the first semester of their last year of didactic work.

Contact:

Catherine Purzycki, MS

Office Location:

McNeil Science and Technology Center, Room 344

Address:

University of the Sciences
600 South 43rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4495

Phone:

215-596-8498

Email:

c.purzycki@usciences.edu