Microbiology (Standard): Biotechnology, B.S.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 30

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B690 P061

  • A grade of C or better must be earned in each Microbiology course presented for major credit and in the required major support.

Major Requirements

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or Dodge College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
  • MBIO 2815 will not be accepted for major credit.
Major Courses
MBIO 3113Cell Biology3
MBIO 3673Practical Bioinformatics3
MBIO 3812Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory2
MBIO 3813Fundamentals of Microbiology3
MBIO 4823Pathogenic Microbiology and Infectious Disease3
MBIO 4843Molecular Biology3
MBIO 4853Physiology of Microorganisms3
Choose one of the following:3-6
Capstone in Microbiology (3 hours)
Senior Thesis - Capstone (2 semesters)
Laboratory Courses
MBIO 4313Biotechnology Applications3
MBIO 4873Microbial Physiology and Molecular Biology Laboratory3
or CHEM 3753 Introduction to Biochemical Methods
Major Electives
Choose MBIO electives to complete 30 hours required in the major0-1
Total Credit Hours30

Major Support Requirements

CHEM 1315General Chemistry5
CHEM 1415General Chemistry (Continued)5
CHEM 3053Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis3
CHEM 3152Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis2
CHEM 3153Organic Chemistry II: Biological Emphasis3
CHEM 3653Introduction to Biochemistry3
PHYS 1311General Physics Lab I1
PHYS 1321General Physics Lab II1
PHYS 2414General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors4
PHYS 2424General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors4
MATH 1743Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences3
PBIO 1114General Botany4
or BIOL 1134 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Diversity
HSTM 2423Social and Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine (also fulfills Gen. Ed. Western Civ.)3
or HSTM 3333 Technology and Society in World History
Recommended Courses
The following are recommended:
A second course in Biochemistry is strongly recommended
Principles of Economics-Macro
Principles of Economics-Micro
Introduction to Business I
Total Credit Hours41

General Education and College Requirements

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and Dodge College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/coursesCourses graded P/NP will not apply.

UNIVERSITY-WIDE GENERAL EDUCATION (MINIMUM 40 HOURS) AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS
Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with Dodge College of Arts and Sciences and/or Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy University, College of Arts and Sciences, and Microbiology major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
CHEM 1315 General Chemistry 5
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
MATH 1743 Calculus I for Business, Life and Social Sciences (Core I) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
CHEM 1415 General Chemistry (Continued) 5
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
 Credit Hours16
Sophomore
First Semester
CHEM 3053 Organic Chemistry I: Biological Emphasis 3
PHYS 1311 General Physics Lab I 1
PHYS 2414 General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors 4
P SC 1113 American Federal Government 3
Intermediate Language 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
BIOL 1134
Introductory Biology: Evolution, Ecology and Diversity
or General Botany
4
CHEM 3153 Organic Chemistry II: Biological Emphasis 3
CHEM 3152 Organic Chemistry Laboratory: Biological Emphasis 2
PHYS 1321 General Physics Lab II 1
PHYS 2424 General Physics for Life Science Oriented Majors 4
Social Science (Core III) 3
 Credit Hours17
Junior
First Semester
CHEM 3653 Introduction to Biochemistry 3
MBIO 3813 Fundamentals of Microbiology 3
MBIO 3812 Fundamentals of Microbiology Laboratory 2
MBIO 3113 Cell Biology 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
 Credit Hours14
Second Semester
CHEM 3753 Introduction to Biochemical Methods 3
MBIO 4873
Microbial Physiology and Molecular Biology Laboratory
or Introduction to Biochemical Methods
3
MBIO 4843 Molecular Biology 3
MBIO 3673 Practical Bioinformatics 3
HSTM 2423
Social and Ethical Issues in Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine (Core IV-WC)
or Technology and Society in World History
3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
MBIO 4823 Pathogenic Microbiology and Infectious Disease 3
MBIO 4950 Senior Thesis - Capstone (or Free Elective) 3
MBIO Major Elective 1
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
 Credit Hours16
Second Semester
MBIO 4853 Physiology of Microorganisms 3
MBIO 4893
Capstone in Microbiology
or Senior Thesis - Capstone
3
MBIO 4313 Biotechnology Applications 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
 Credit Hours12
 Total Credit Hours120