Microbiology and Cell Science | CLAS

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The Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Cell Science offers students flexibility in a curriculum that develops an excellent knowledge base and an understanding of concepts in microbiology, cell biology, and the biomolecular sciences. Emphasizes application of the scientific method to gain an understanding of the biological world at the cellular and molecular levels. Students learn to evaluate hypotheses, to interpret experimental data, and to communicate results effectively.

About this Program

To graduate with this major, students must complete all university, college, and major requirements.

Department Information

The Department of Microbiology and Cell Science is committed to excellence in education, research and service to the community.The curriculum provides an excellent preparation for students who wish to enter the workforce or continue their education in professional programs such as medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary programs, graduate school or public health degrees.  B.S. degrees are offered through both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees are offered through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Combination degrees are available.
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Email | 352.392.1906 (tel) | 352.846.0950 (fax)

P.O. Box 110700
1355 Museum Drive
MICROBIOLOGY AND CELL SCIENCE BUILDING (MCSB)
GAINESVILLE FL 32611-0700
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 Curriculum

This major prepares students for entry into professional programs in medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine and provides a strong foundation for graduate studies in microbiology, cell biology, and related cellular and biomedical sciences. The major also provides a background for entry into government, industrial research, and diagnostic laboratories.

The curriculum develops fundamental knowledge of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells and viruses. Courses include the physiology and genetics of microorganisms, mechanisms of pathogenesis and innate immunity systems, astrobiology, bacterial and genome sequencing and bioinformatics.
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Coursework for the Major

All majors must complete 28 credits: 18 credits of core requirements, at least 6 credits of department electives, and 3 credits for the quantitative requirement. A minimum of one credit in an advanced laboratory is required in addition to the 6 department-elective credits. In addition, students must complete 35-38 hours of required foundation coursework.

Minimum grades of C within two attempts, including withdrawals, are required in all critical-tracking courses, major courses, department core requirements, department electives and the quantitative requirement. Second attempts must be completed the next semester of enrollment. A cumulative 2.0 GPA is also required.

Required Foundation Coursework

BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1
4
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2
4
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory
4
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory
4
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus 14
CHM 2210Organic Chemistry 13
CHM 2211
2211L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
Select one:8-10
Option One
Physics 1
and Laboratory for Physics 1
Physics 2
and Laboratory for Physics 2
Option Two
Physics with Calculus 1
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1
Physics with Calculus 2
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
Total Credits36-38

All majors must complete the biology and general chemistry sequences and calculus by the end of the sophomore year. Organic Chemistry, CHM 2210, must be completed by the end of tracking term five. To continue in the major, students must attain a cumulative GPA in these graded courses of no less than 2.5 and with no grade lower than a C.

Core Requirements

Including quantitative requirement

BCH 4024Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology4
or CHM 3218 Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry 2
MCB 3023
3023L
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory
5
MCB 4203Bacterial Pathogens3
or PCB 4233 Immunology
MCB 4304Genetics of Microorganisms3
or PCB 4522 Molecular Genetics
MCB 4403Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function3
or PCB 3134 Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
Select one:3
Python Programming for Biology
R for Functional Genomics
Similar Programming or Biostatistics course
Total Credits21

If students take both "or" classes, one will count as a core course and the other will roll over into the 10-credit department elective requirement.

Department Elective Requirement

A total of 6 credits of approved department electives, and additionally one credit in an advanced lab, are required. The list of approved department electives is available on the department website.

Programming or Biostatistics Requirement

A total of 3 credits of approved courses meets this requirement. Select from BSC 2891, MCB 4325C, or an equivalent biostatistics programming class. Several of these courses are also department electives and cannot be used to fulfill both the quantitative and the department elective requirements. No overlap is allowed. STA 2023 will not fulfill this requirement

Course Details

MCB 4911 may be taken for a maximum of three credits per semester and six credits total. This policy also applies to microbiology and cell science majors registered for undergraduate research in other departments' undergraduate research courses, such as BCH 4905, BMS 4905, ZOO 4911, etc.

MCB 4934 is often used for TA positions as “Supervised Teaching." TA positions may be repeated for a total of two semesters.

Enrollment in MCB 4911, MCB 4905 and MCB 4934 (Supervised Teaching) will not fulfill any credits toward the microbiology major requirements; they will count only as general elective credit toward the 120 credits for the B.S. degree.

Combination Degree Program

A Bachelor of Science and Master of Science (non-thesis) program is offered by the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Microbiology majors in both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are eligible for admission to the Combination Degree Program. Other combination programs are available. For more information, please speak with an advisor.

Relevant Minors and/or Certificates

The Microbiology and Cell Science Department also offers an undergraduate minor in bioinformatics to students majoring in any biology-related subject, including and not limited to microbiology, biology, or biochemistry.

So integrated is bioinformatics with biology that it is difficult to find an active research program that does not rely on bioinformatic analysis to achieve results. Unfortunately, the integration of bioinformatic and traditional methods is not stressed in many undergraduate programs, leaving the next generation of biologists without the skills they need to succeed in tomorrow’s research environment. The undergraduate minor in bioinformatics provides this critical training to future professionals in the biological disciplines.

Research

A majority of majors are actively involved in undergraduate research for credit with mentors throughout the university. Preprofessional and graduate school-bound majors are encouraged to do a minimum of two semesters of undergraduate research. The department has a comprehensive list of mentors across campus who allow undergraduate students to do valuable research under their guidance. Please refer to the department website for more information on undergraduate research, finding a mentor and a contact list of UF faculty who have worked with microbiology and cell science majors.

Enrollment in MCB 4911 will not fulfill any credits toward the microbiology major requirements; they will count only as general elective credit toward the 120 credits for the B.S. degree.

Critical Tracking records each student’s progress in courses that are required for entry to each major. Please note the critical-tracking requirements below on a per-semester basis.

Equivalent critical-tracking courses as determined by the State of Florida Common Course Prerequisites may be used for transfer students.

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

Semester 4

  • Complete BSC 2011/BSC 2011L
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 5

  • Complete CHM 2210
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required
  • Semester 6

  • Complete MCB 3023
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required
  • Semester 7

  • Complete MCB 4203 (Fall) or PCB 4233 (Spring) or PCB 3134 (Fall/Spring) or MCB 4403 (Fall)
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required
  • Semester 8

  • Complete MCB 4034L
  • 2.5 GPA required for all critical-tracking courses
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Students are expected to complete the writing requirement while in the process of taking the courses below. Students are also expected to complete the general education international (GE-N) and diversity (GE-D) requirements concurrently with another general education requirement (typically, GE-C, H, or S). Microbiology electives outside of the department do not count towards the 3000 level or above electives outside of the major requirement. CHM 2211, CHM 2211L, BCH 4024, PHY 2054, PHY 2054L, PHY 2049, and PHY 2049L may count towards 3000 level or above electives outside of the major.

For degree requirements outside of the major, refer to CLAS Degree Requirements: Structure of a CLAS Degree.

Degree Comparison between the Colleges

CALS | MCB CLAS | MCY
Effective Oral Communication (AEC 3030C, SPC 2608) College-level Foreign Language Sequence (8-10 credits)
Technical Writing (ENC 2210, ENC 3254, AEC 3033C) 1 additional Humanity course
Economics (ECO 2013, ECO 2023, AEB 2014) 1 additional Social Science course

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold. These courses must be completed by the terms as listed above in the Critical Tracking criteria.

This semester plan represents an example progression through the major. Actual courses and course order may be different depending on the student's academic record and scheduling availability of courses. Prerequisites still apply.

Plan of Study Grid
Semester OneCredits
Quest 1 (Gen Ed Humanities) 3
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
State Core Gen Ed Composition 1 3
 Credits14
Semester Two
BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)
4
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
BSC 2891 Python Programming for Biology (or similar quantitative elective) 3
Gen Ed Composition 3
 Credits14
Semester Three
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences; potentially with Gen Ed International or Gen Ed Diversity) 3
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological Sciences)
4
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
Foreign language 3
Departmental elective 3
 Credits16
Semester Four
CHM 2211
2211L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
MCB 3023
3023L
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Laboratory (Critical Tracking)
5
State Core Gen Ed Humanities 3
Foreign language 4
 Credits17
Semester Five
A 2.5 GPA with minimum grades of C in the Critical Tracking science and math courses listed above is required to continue in the major after Semester Four.  
MCB 4203
Bacterial Pathogens (Critical Tracking) 1
or Immunology
3
MCB 4403
Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function (Critical Tracking)
or Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
3
Gen Ed Humanities 3
Foreign Language 4
Electives (3000 level or higher; not in major) 3
 Credits16
Semester Six
MCB 4304
Genetics of Microorganisms (Critical Tracking) 3
or Molecular Genetics
3
BCH 4024
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
or Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry 2
4
MCB 4034L Advanced Microbiology Laboratory (Critical Tracking) 1
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Foreign Language 5
 Credits16
Semester Seven
Select one: 4-5
Physics with Calculus 1
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 1
 
Physics 1
and Laboratory for Physics 1
 
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Electives (3000 level or higher; not in major) 4
Elective 3
 Credits14-15
Semester Eight
Select one: 4-5
Physics with Calculus 2
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
 
Physics 2
and Laboratory for Physics 2
 
Department elective 3
Electives 6
 Credits13-14
 Total Credits120

The Bachelor of Science in microbiology and cell science, offered by both the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, offers students flexibility in a curriculum that develops an excellent knowledge base and an understanding of concepts in microbiology, cell biology and the biomolecular sciences. Emphasis will be placed on application of the scientific method to gain an understanding of the biological world at the cellular and molecular levels. Students will learn to evaluate hypotheses, to interpret experimental data and to communicate results effectively.

Before Graduating Students Must

Complete requirements for the baccalaureate degree, as determined by faculty.

Students in the Major Will Learn to

Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

Content

  1. Describe fundamental concepts, skills and processes in microbiology, molecular biology and in host/pathogen interactions.
  2. Apply fundamental concepts, skills and protocols used to conduct research in fields of microbiology, molecular biology and in host/pathogen.

Critical Thinking

  1. Evaluate information and data in the general areas of microbiology and the cellular and molecular biological sciences.
  2. Solve typical problems that are encountered in general areas of microbiology and cellular and molecular biological sciences.

Communication

  1. Communicate effectively in written form in a manner appropriate in microbiology and the cellular and molecular biological sciences.
  2. Communicate orally (including visual aids) in an effective manner appropriate in microbiology and the cellular and molecular biological sciences.

Curriculum Map

I = Introduced; R = Reinforced; A = Assessed

Courses SLO 1 SLO 2 SLO 3 SLO 4 SLO 5 SLO 6
AEC 3030C I, R, A
AEC 3033C I, R, A
MCB 3023 I, A I I
MCB 3023L I, R I, R R I, R, A R
MCB 4034L I, R I, R, A I, R, A I, R R I, R
MCB 4203 or PCB 4233 I, R, A I, R I, R I, R I, R I, R
MCB 4304 or PCB 4522 I, R, A I, R R, A R R R

Assessment Types

  • Genome and lab projects
  • Presentations
  • Exams
  • Final grades