Microbiology Emphasis

Graduates from this emphasis will be prepared to enter a graduate program in microbiology or biotechnology. It would be an excellent emphasis for a premedical student interested in infectious disease. In addition, the laboratory-rich aspect of this emphasis will prepare a graduate for becoming a microbiology/biotechnology laboratory technician. Because it is impossible to design one curriculum to fulfill the requirements of every graduate school or laboratory, it is the student's responsibility, in consultation with an advisor, to see that the requirements are fulfilled for the particular school(s)/job(s) in which the student is interested. This major, although directed, allows sufficient flexibility to accommodate specific requirements that various programs may have.

Program Advisors: A. Nieuwkoop, D. Burg, S. Hecht, D. Graham, A. Baxter


1. General University Degree Requirements
As identified in the General Academic Policies section of the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog. (A listing of these courses can be found here)

2. Required Biomedical Sciences Courses
  • BMS 208 Human Anatomy
  • BMS 212 Introductory Microbiology
  • BMS 213 Laboratory in Microbiology
  • BMS 290 Human Physiology
  • BMS 291 Laboratory in Human Physiology
  • BMS 312 Bacterial Genetics
  • BMS 313 Bacterial Genetics Lab
  • BMS 322 Bacterial Physiology
  • BMS 323 Bacterial Physiology Lab
  • BMS 495 Concepts in Wellness (capstone)
  • BMS 499 Research in the Biomedical Sciences

3. Required Cognate Courses

  • BIO 120 General Biology I
  • BIO 355 Human Genetics OR
  • BIO 375/376 Genetics (lecture & lab)
  • CHM 115 Principles of Chemistry I
  • CHM 116 Principles of Chemistry II
  • CHM 232 Biological Chemistry OR
  • CHM 461 Biochemistry I
  • CHM 241 Organic Chemistry For Life Sciences I
  • CHM 242 Organic Chemistry For Life Sciences II
  • MTH 122 College Algebra
  • MTH 123 Trigonometry
  • PHY 220 General Physics I
  • PHY 221 General Physics II
  • STA 215 Introductory Applied Statistics

4. Science Courses - Six additional hours of upper-division (300-level or higher) science courses from the following:
  • BIO 414 Molecular Biology of the Gene
  • BMS 410 Immunology
  • BMS 411 Immunology Lab
  • BMS 412 Medical Bacteriology
  • BMS 413 Medical Bacteriology Lab
  • BMS 431 Medical Virology
  • BMS 433 Medical Parasitology
  • CHM 462 Techniques in Biochemistry

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