May 28, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Microbiology, B.S.

(CIP = 26.0503) (MIC)

This degree specializes in the study of bacteria and other microbes, primarily at the cell and molecular level, and focuses on disease causing microbes. The Microbiology core and elective requirements include specialized microbiology courses necessary to qualify for certification by the National Registry of Microbiologists, American Society of Microbiology, and employment in microbiology and related fields. Many microbiology majors plan to apply to medical or dental school, while others plan careers as professional microbiologists in industry and government. Others become teachers or aspire to graduate training in microbiology.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university.

If a student wishes to transfer without an A.A. degree and has fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the student must meet the university’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

Students should complete the following prerequisite courses at the lower level prior to entering the university. If these courses are not taken at a Florida College System institution, they must be completed before the degree is granted.

Unless stated otherwise, a grade of C- is the minimum acceptable grade in prerequisite courses.

  • (BSC X010 and BSC X010L) or BSC X010C or BSC X040C - 4 credit hours
  • (BSC X011 and BSC X011L) or BSC X011C or BSC X041C - 4 credit hours
  • (CHM X045 and CHM X045L) or CHM X045C or (CHM X040 and CHM X041) - 4 credit hours
  • (CHM X046 and CHM X046L) or CHM X046C - 4 credit hours
  • [(CHM X210 and CHM X210L) and (CHM X211 and CHM X211L0] or (CHM X210C and CHM X211C) or [(PHY X053 and PHY X053L) and (PHY X054 and PHY X054L)] or [(PHY X048 and PHY X048L) and (PHY X049 and PHY X049L)] - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X311 or MAC X233 or MAC X253 or MAC X281 - 4 credit hours
  • MAC X312 or MAC X282 or MAC X234 or STA X023 or STA X024 or STA X321 - 4 credit hours

Required Supporting Courses for the Major (32-34 Credit Hours)

The following courses are prerequisite and supporting courses for this major. They are required for the major, but are not counted in the total hours for this major. The degree will not be awarded if these courses have not been taken by the end of the student’s final semester.

Total Major Hours: 40

Major Electives (12 Credit Hours)

Students must choose 12 credit hours from the following list:

Other Program Information

Effective Fall 2018, all students in the below listed programs must successfully complete the below science and math coursework without earning3 D and/or F grades. Students unable to successfully complete these courses within these prescribed parameters will be required to select a different major and will not be permitted to take any additional courses offered  by the below Departments/Divisions. In addition, registration for all courses offered by these departments will be dependent on students meeting the prescribed parameters regardless of their major.

Furthermore, any student who requests a change of major to one offered in the below identified departments will be required to meet these prescribed parameters as well as those criteria outlined in the Degree Progression Policy 10-505. Any continuing student who was previously forced to select a different major based on previous versions of this policy may now be eligible to pursue the majors listed below, but only if they meet both the criteria described here as well as the Degree Progression Policy 10-505 criteria. Students who are able to complete one of the below majors by earning fewer credit hours than required to complete any other major offered at USF may petition to request an exception and should contact the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Advising Office for instructions. Grade Forgiveness will NOT apply to the mandated requirement of changing majors.

Included Departments/Divisions:

Division of Health Professions Advising; Department of Chemistry ; Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology ; and Department of Integrative Biology .

Included courses:

Grading Requirement

A student must receive a C- grade or better in all Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology courses and supporting courses in the natural sciences, except if they are used as general elective courses. This specification applies to both USF and transfer courses.

Please note that some supporting science courses may require a grade of C or better in order to meet the prerequisite requirements for course sequences.

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 20 credits hours of courses must be taken in residency and be applicable to the major.

Once a student has matriculated to USF Tampa, he/she is expected to take 100 percent of the required major coursework at USF Tampa.

Research Opportunities

A maximum of 2 credit hours of MCB 4905 - Microbiology Undergraduate Research  may be taken in a single semester, and a maximum of 4 credit hours of Undergraduate Research may be applied as electives.

Accelerated B.S./M.S. Program

Accelerated B.S. in Microbiology and M.S. in Microbiology

This program allows undergraduate Microbiology to take graduate courses for the elective part of the Microbiology major and apply them to a non-thesis M.S. in Microbiology. Successful students will be able to earn the M.S. degree in two additional semesters beyond the completion of the B.S. degree.

For more information, see the Graduate Catalog for Accelerated Majors.

Advising Information

BioAdvise: Science Center (SCA) 203, (813) 974-3250

Microbiology Faculty

Chairperson: C. Chalfant; Professors: J. Garey, D. Lim, R. Pollenz, L. Shaw, D. Te Strake, Emeritus Professors: J. Romeo, R. Wunderlin; Associate Professors: M. Dao, G. Daughdrill, M. Nanjundan, C. Nunes, K Schmidt, S. Stevens. Assistant Professors: B. Burkhardt, P. Eswaramoorthy, Y. Kee, C. Nunes, J. Riordan, S. Varma, S. Westerheide, B. Xue. Instructors: W. Brazelle, J. El-Rady, E. Jones-Mason, E. Sikorski, A. Upadhyaya.

Plan of Study

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