Microbiology and Cell Science

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

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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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CONTACT

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.

Coursework for the Major

All majors must take 28-29 credits: 15 credits are core requirements, 10 credits are upper-division department electives and 3-4 credits are the quantitative requirement. A minimum of one credit in an advanced laboratory is required as part of the 10 department-elective credits.

Minimum grades of C, attained 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 2.0 cumulative GPA of also is required.

Required Coursework
BSC 2010
2010L
Integrated Principles of Biology 1
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 1 1
4
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 1
4
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory 1
4
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory 1
4
MAC 2311Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 14
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
CHM 2210Organic Chemistry 1 23
CHM 2211
2211L
Organic Chemistry 2
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
Core Requirements
BCH 4024Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology4
or CHM 3218 Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry 2
MCB 3015CLab Skills Bootcamp1
MCB 3023Principles of Microbiology3
Select one: 33
Bacterial Pathogens (offered fall)
Immunology (offered spring)
Select one:
Genetics of Microorganisms (offered fall)
Molecular Genetics (offered spring)
MCB 4934Special Topics in Microbiology and Cell Science 41-4
Department Elective Requirements
MCB 4034LAdvanced Microbiology Laboratory1
Select three:9
Python Programming for Biology
Astrobiology
Bacterial Pathogens
The Microbiome
Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function
General Virology
Extremophiles
Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
Human Parasitology
Quantitative Requirement
BSC 2891Python Programming for Biology3
MCB 4320CThe Microbiome3
STA 2023Introduction to Statistics 13
General Elective Requirement
General elective coursework at the University of Florida (any 3000/4000 level course will be accepted) 518
Total Credits85-90

Course Details

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

Undergraduate Research

A majority of MCS students are actively involved in undergraduate research for credit with mentors throughout the university. The department encourages preprofessional and graduate school bound students to complete a minimum of two semesters of undergraduate research. The department maintains a list of mentors across campus who allow undergraduate students to participate in valuable research under their guidance. Additional information is available about undergraduate research and faculty mentors who have worked with microbiology and cell science students.
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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. Students should email for an appointment to determine their eligibility for this program.
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Preparation for Graduate Study

This major prepares students for entry into graduate studies in microbiology, cell biology, biochemistry and other areas.

All students interested in graduate education should develop a strong background in chemistry. Suggested schedules for students who plan to attend graduate school are available on the website. Students planning graduate study in microbiology, biochemistry or molecular biological sciences should consider taking these courses:

CHM 3218Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry 2 (biochemistry requirement)4
MAC 2312Analytic Geometry and Calculus 24
STA 2023Introduction to Statistics 13
MCB 4403Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function (required department elective)3
PCB 3134Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function (required department elective)3
CHM 3400Physical Chemistry for the Biosciences (required department elective)3
MCB 5305LMicrobial Genetics and Biotechnology Laboratory (microbiology advanced laboratory requirement)2
PCB 4233Immunology (pathogens or immunology requirement)3
MCB 4905Independent Study (valuable laboratory research experience)4
Total Credits29

Relevant Minors and/or Certificates

The Department of Microbiology and Cell Science also offers a minor in bioinformatics to students majoring in any life sciences subject, including and not limited to microbiology, biology or biochemistry.

So integrated is bioinformatics with the life sciences that it is difficult to find an active research program that does not rely on bioinformatic analysis to achieve results. By integrating bioinformatic and traditional methods, the minor in bioinformatics provides critical training to future professionals in the life science disciplines.

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
  • 2.0 Upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

Semester 7

Semester 8

  • Complete MCB 4034L
  • 2.0 Upper division GPA required
  • 2.0 UF GPA required

To remain on track, students must complete the appropriate critical-tracking courses, which appear in bold.

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
MAC 2311 Analytic Geometry and Calculus 1 (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Mathematics) 4
CHM 2045
2045L
General Chemistry 1
and General Chemistry 1 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; State Core Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
State Core Gen Ed Composition; Writing Requirement 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 Sciences)
4
BSC 2891 Python Programming for Biology (Or similar quantitative elective) 3
CHM 2046
2046L
General Chemistry 2
and General Chemistry 2 Laboratory (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Physical Sciences)
4
Gen Ed Composition 3
 Credits14
Semester Three
Select one: 3-4
Economic Issues, Food and You  
Principles of Food and Resource Economics  
Principles of Macroeconomics  
Principles of Microeconomics (Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences)  
BSC 2011
2011L
Integrated Principles of Biology 2
and Integrated Principles of Biology Laboratory 2 (Critical Tracking; Gen Ed Biological and Physical Sciences)
4
CHM 2210 Organic Chemistry 1 (Critical Tracking) 3
State Core Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
 Credits13-14
Semester Four
Quest 2 (Gen Ed Diversity or International) 3
AEC 3033C
Research and Business Writing in Agricultural and Life Sciences (Writing Requirement)
or Technical Writing
3
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
 Credits16
Semester Five
AEC 3030C
Effective Oral Communication
or Introduction to Public Speaking
3
MCB 4203
Bacterial Pathogens (Critical Tracking) 2
or Immunology
3
MCB 4403
Prokaryotic Cell Structure and Function (Critical Tracking)
or Eukaryotic Cell Structure and Function
3
Gen Ed Diversity or Gen Ed International 3 3
Electives 5
 Credits17
Semester Six
BCH 4024
Introduction to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
or Organic Chemistry/Biochemistry 2
4
MCB 4304
Genetics of Microorganisms 4
or Molecular Genetics
3
MCB 4034L Advanced Microbiology Laboratory (Critical Tracking) 1
Gen Ed Mathematics 3
Department elective 3
 Credits14
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 Humanities 3
Writing Requirement 3
Department elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16-17
Semester Eight
Select one: 4-5
Physics with Calculus 2
and Laboratory for Physics with Calculus 2
 
Physics 2
and Laboratory for Physics 2
 
Gen Ed Social and Behavioral Sciences 3
Department elective 3
Science Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credits16-17
 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