Microbiology Major Requirements

Microbiology majors must have a minimum of 36 credits in upper division microbiology with a 2.0 minimum GPA.  All students must take MB 302, 303, 310, 311, 312 and MB 490.

After completing these required courses, 20 credits of 400-level microbiology classes are required.  Two credits must be from a 400-level laboratory class.  BOT 350 (Introduction to Plant Pathology) and BOT 461 (Mycology) count as 400-level MB classes.  Research (MB 401), Thesis (MB 403), Reading and Conference (MB 405), and Internship (MB 410) can count for 3 credits; Teaching Assistantship (MB 406) can be used for 3 additional credits.  Speak with an advisor prior to registering for these courses.  Any additional credits in these areas will count as general electives.  All required courses must be taken for a grade.  See your advisor for further details.

Major Four-Year Plan This link provides a one-page printable summary of a typical Four-Year Plan.  Checklist for the B.S. Degree in Microbiology:  This link provides a pdf checklist that includes Skills, WIC, Perspectives, Difference, Power, and Discrimination, and Synthesis choices.

Microbiology Minor Requirements

All Microbiology minors are required to take MB 302, MB 303, MB 310, MB 311 and MB 312.  The remaining 13 required hours must come from 400-level microbiology courses, including one 400-level laboratory course.  Not more than 3 of these credit hours can come from MB 401.  Other blanket courses cannot be used to satisfy the minor requirement.

University Baccalaureate Core Requirements

The Baccalaureate Core (Bacc Core) Curriculum represents what the OSU faculty believes is the foundation for students' further understanding of the modern world. Informed by natural and social sciences, arts, and humanities, the Bacc Core requires students to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize ideas and information when evaluating major societal issues. Importantly, the Bacc Core promotes understanding of relationships among disciplines in order to increase students' capacities as ethical citizens.

Student Learning Outcomes

Student learning outcomes clearly state the expected knowledge, skills, attitudes, and competencies that students are expected to acquire at an institution of higher education. Often called Outcomes Assessments, it is the process of gathering information that defines the goals students will achieve, evalute how well the students are achieving those goals, and use the results to improve the academic experience. Click on the above for learning outcomes specific to Microbiology.


Microbiology Courses for Undergraduates

MB 110.  ORIENTATION TO MICROBIOLOGY (1 cr, F).  Introduction of incoming microbiology students to college life with an emphasis on faculties, facilities, services, and curricula in microbiology.  Exposure to career opportunities in microbiology. 

MB 230INTRODUCTORY MICROBIOLOGY.  (4 cr, F,W,Sp,Su).  Microbiology as it affects our everyday lives.  The impact of microorganisms on health, food/water sanitation, environment, industry, and genetic engineering. Includes laboratory session.

MB 302. GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY.  (3 cr, F,W,Sp,Su).  Emphasis on cytology, physiology, virology, growth and control of microorganisms with coverage of the role of microorganisms in nature, in disease, and as useful tools. 

MB 303GENERAL MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY (2 cr, F,W,Sp,Su).  Development of laboratory techniques; exercises designed to reinforce concepts covered in MB 302.

MB 310BACTERIAL MOLECULAR GENETICS (3 cr, W).  Introductory concepts of bacterial molecular genetics.  Topics include DNA replication, mutation, DNA repair, DNA recombination, transposons, bacteriophages, genetic manipulation, and gene regulation. 

MB 311MOLECULAR MICROBIOLOGY LAB:  A WRITING INTENSIVE COURSE (3 cr, W,Sp).  Scientific writing, laboratory notebook composition, experimental design, and laboratory experiments in bacterial molecular biology.  Please refer to the Scientific Writing for Microbiology Majors.

MB 312BACTERIAL PHYSIOLOGY AND METABOLISM (3 cr, Sp).  Molecular structure and function, macromolecular assembly, energy production and use, and cellular growth.

MB 330DISEASE AND SOCIETY (3 cr).  Infectious disease has many effects on the development of society, and likewise, human interactions affect the development of disease.  The course examines these interactions with a focus on the role of race, class, and economic status in the development of epidemics. (Cascade Campus, F; eCampus, Sp).

MB 385EMERGING INFECTIOUS DISEASE AND EPIDEMICS: A WRITING INTENSIVE COURSE (3 cr, every other year).  Emerging and reemerging infectious disease is a contemporary global issue of great concern.  The course covers germ theory, disease history and ecology, microbial pathogenesis and the immune response, historic plagues, and the biological, environmental, population and social changes that contribute to disease emergence.

MB 399.  AQUATIC MICROBIOLOGY (3 cr, Sp).  Microbial processes in freshwater and marine environments shape much of the world around us.  Covers the fauna and processes pertinent to aquatic environments and using an ecosystem approach, tracks microbiology from the headwaters to the open ocean.

MB 416IMMUNOLOGY (3 cr, F).  Basic theory and applications of immunochemistry, immunogenetics, and cellular immunology.  Examination of immunologically related diseases.

MB 417 IMMUNOLOGY LABORATORY (2 cr, F).  Laboratory on the applications of current immunological techniques. 

MB 420MICROBIAL GENOMES, BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, AND DIVERSITY (3 cr, F).  A survey of microbial diversity from the earliest lifeforms to the modern role of bacteria and archaea in global biogeochemical cycles.  Topics covered include molecular evolution, microbial genomics, biochemical diversity and metabolic pathways that adapt cells to extreme environments.  Particular emphasis is placed on marine systems, from photosynthesis in surface water to life in the ocean crust. 

MB 430BACTERIAL PATHOGENESIS (3 cr, Sp).  Bacteria pathogenic for humans, emphasizing the structural, physiological and genetic mechanisms of pathogenesis.  Role of the immune system in pathogenesis and protection.

MB 434 VIROLOGY (3 cr, W).  Properties of viruses, their biology and pathogenesis.  Emphasis on viruses causing human disease.

MB 435 PATHOGENIC MICROBES LABORATORY (2 cr, Sp).  Laboratory experiments to illustrate concepts presented in MB 430 and/or MB 434, focusing on pathogenic microorganisms.

MB 440.  FOOD MICROBIOLOGY (3 cr, W).  Role of microorganisms in food spoilage, infection, and intoxication; also basic principles in contamination control and germicidal treatment during processing, preparing, and distributing food for consumption.

MB 441FOOD MICROBIOLOGY LABORATORY (2 cr, W).  Laboratory techniques to accompany MB 440.

MB 448MICROBIAL ECOLOGY (3 cr, Sp).  A comparison of soil sediments and freshwater as microbial habitats.  Discussion of the role of microorganisms in nutrient cycles, effects of microbial activity on plant and animal life.

MB 456MICROBIAL GENETICS AND BIOTECHNOLOGY (3 cr, W).  General biology of natural, genetically engineered, and composite plasmids.  Major topics include extrachromosomal DNA replication, plasmid transmission, insertion elements, transposons, gene expression and recombinant DNA vectors.  Biotechnological applications and molecular genetic tools are emphasized.

MB 479FERMENTATION MICROBIOLOGY (3 cr, Sp).  An introduction to industrial microbiology with a focus on the physiology of fermentation and use of microorganisms for the production of food ingredients, fermented foods, and beverages. 

MB 480GENERAL PARASITOLOGY (3 cr, Sp; eCampus 2014).  Introduction to parasitology.  The course emphasizes medical parasitology, but will cover a broad overview of parasitology, covering important groups and host/parasite relationships among all taxa from invertebrates to vertebrates, including mammals.

MB 490MICROBIOLOGY CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (2 cr, F).  Capstone experience is for microbiology students to practice professional skills necessary to sustain a career in science.  Students will work in teams to analyze research data and communicate this analysis, in addition to exploring career opportunities and learning how to successfully compete for jobs.

MB 491FISH DISEASES IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND AQUACULTURE (4 cr, Sp).  Introduction to diseases of fish including pathogens important to aquaculture and ornamental industries as well as to wild fish populations and conservation programs.  Includes a lab session.
MB 496FISH DISEASES IN CONSERVATION BIOLOGY AND AQUACULTURE LAB (2 cr, Sp).  This laboratory complements lectures in FW/MB 491/591, with students learning basic necropsy techniques; identification of bacterial, viral and metazoan pathogens; and molecular identification methods.  CROSSLISTED as FW/496/596.  PREREQS:  MB 303 or other upper-division laboratory course.



MB 299SPECIAL TOPICS. (1-16 cr).  May be repeated for credit (16) when topic varies.

MB 399 SPECIAL TOPICS.  (1-16 cr).

MB 401RESEARCH (1-16 cr.).  Used when conducting a project in a research laboratory.  This course may be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits.

MB 403 THESIS (1-16 cr). 

MB 405READING AND CONFERENCE (1-16).  Conference:  Instruction in microbiology.  This course may be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits.

MB 406SPECIAL PROJECTS (16 cr).  Used when serving as a Teaching Assistant.  This course may be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits. 

MB 407SEMINAR (1-16 credits).  This course may be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits.  Graded P/N.

MB 410. OCCUPATIONAL INTERNSHIP (1-10 cr).  Supervised work experience at selected cooperating institutions, agencies, laboratories, clinics or companies.  Maximum of 10 credits allowed but no more than 3 credits may be used to satisfy microbiology major requirement of 36 credits.  Graded P/N. 

MB 499 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-16 cr).  This course may be repeated for a maximum of 16 credits.