BS Four-Year Degree Plan: Microbiology and Biotechnology Track

You can complete your biology degree in eight regular semesters.

Make an appointment with your advisor to discuss schedules and options. Review the projected course offerings schedule before registering.

Sample schedule

This is a model four-year degree plan. Your path to graduation may vary slightly based on factors such as college credit you earned while in high school, your choice of general education electives and placement in English and mathematics.

The following degree plan is based on the general education program instituted in fall 2014. For the previous general education requirements, please access these Student Transition Resources.

First semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours18
GEP 101 First-Year Foundations 2
ENG 110 Writing I 3
CHM 160 General Chemistry I 4
CHM 161 General Chemistry I Laboratory 1
MTH 138 Pre-Calculus Mathematics 5
Elective 3

Second semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours14
COM 115 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
BIO 121 General Biology I 4
CHM 170 General Chemistry II 3
CHM 171 General Chemistry II Laboratory 1
General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Third semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
BIO 122 General Biology II 4
CHM 342 Organic Chemistry I 5
HST 121 Survey of the History of the United States to 1877 3
General Education: The Arts 3

Fourth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours16
BIO 235 Genetics 4
CHM 343 Organic Chemistry II 5
PHY 123 Introduction to Physics I 4
Writing II 3

Fifth semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
BIO 310 Microbiology 5
PHY 124 Introduction to Physics II 4
CHM 352 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
General Education: Humanities 3

Sixth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
BIO 320 Introduction to Cellular Biology 4
Microbiology/Biotech elective 3
Microbiology/Biotech elective 3
Elective 4
PLS 101 American Democracy and Citizenship 3

Seventh semester (fall)

CoursesHours
Total hours15
BIO 550 Statistical Methods for Biologists 3
Microbiology/Biotech elective 3
Microbiology/Biotech elective 3
General Education: Cultural Competence 3
General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences 3

Eighth semester (spring)

CoursesHours
Total hours17
BIO 494 Senior Seminar 1
Microbiology/Biotech elective 3
Microbiology/Biotech elective 3
BIO elective 3
General Education: Public Issues 3
Elective 4