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Information for Microbiology Majors in CBS

Information For Microbiology Majors in CBS

The purpose of this website is to supplement the College bulletins and handbook

The Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Microbiology

The Department of Microbiology offers a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) through the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) and a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) through the College of Liberal Arts.

The B.S. degree in Microbiology is a strong science degree with an excellent general science background and about seven required courses specifically in Microbiology. Some selection is permitted. The B.A. degree has the same major field requirements but requires fewer science courses and more liberal education courses to complete the program. Students choosing a Microbiology degree program are encouraged to augment the minimal requirements with additional courses in biochemistry or in the physical sciences such as a sequence in physical chemistry. The purpose of this program is to provide the student with an understanding and preparation in the principles of microbiology and related sciences.

Both of the Microbiology degrees provide an excellent background for employment in areas requiring a knowledge of microbiology, and prepare students well for graduate study or for professional training in the health sciences, agriculture, or biotechnology.


The Department of Microbiology occupies the ninth, tenth, thirteenth, fourteenth and fifteenth floors of the Mayo Memorial Building, with the majority of our undergraduate advisers located there. Some advisers are located on the St. Paul campus, in Moos Tower, and the Basic Science and Biomedical Engineering Building. The Microbiology Teaching Laboratories are located on the second floor of Moos Tower. The department office is in room 1460 Mayo Memorial Building.

Assignment of Adviser

Students are assigned a faculty adviser by Dr. Leslie Schiff , Director of Undergraduate Studies. A student may indicate a preference for a specific faculty adviser. After obtaining the appropriate forms, the student should arrange a meeting with his or her faculty adviser. The student should bring to this first meeting a copy of his or her transcript or cumulative record. Students may change advisers, if necessary, by contacting the department office.

Microbiology Courses

Most microbiology courses that are required for majors have limited enrollment. This means that a limited number of students are allowed to register for these courses. If one of these courses is closed at the time of registration, you will need to receive permission to register. In these cases, please contact CBS Student Services at 624-9717 to be put on a waiting list.

Honors Program

Students may graduate with Honors in Microbiology through either the CLA or CBS Honors Programs. Contact the Honors Representative for Microbiology if you are interested in one of these programs. A list of requirements for graduation with honors in Microbiology can be obtained from the department office.

Special Opportunities

Students are encouraged to take advantage of the various opportunities that are available to them as Microbiology majors:

  1. Microbiology 4993 (Directed Studies) and 4994 (Directed Research).
    These courses are offered every quarter, including summer sessions. Students interested in doing individual research projects or studies on selected topics should first consult with their adviser. The adviser will be glad to help the student select a research adviser and project. Laboratory research is an important part of the students' educational experience; we encourage students to make use of this opportunity.

  2. Microbiology Seminars.
    The Department of Microbiology co-sponsors two separate seminar series scheduled for Mondays at noon, and Thursdays at 3:30. Speakers present a 30-45 minute presentation on their area of research. Discussion sessions follow. Speakers are invited from all areas of the United States and some foreign countries. Topics of interest include medical microbiology, physiology, immunology, virology, genetics, food and dairy science, etc. Majors in microbiology are invited to attend. All seminar announcements are posted on the bulletin board near 1450 Mayo. Students are encouraged to consult the bulletin board frequently for an up-to-date list of scheduled seminars.

  3. The Arthur T. Henrici Memorial Library (1050 Mayo).
    The Department's library, referred to as the Henrici Library, is open to all Microbiology majors. A key for the library may be obtained from 1460 Mayo during regular office hours. Journals and books must be returned to the appropriate shelves. No journals or books may be removed from the library. Put a note with your name and phone number on any materials you want to reserve since they cannot be removed from the library. All students using the Henrici Library must share in the responsibility of keeping it neat and orderly.

  4. The National Registry of Microbiologists of the American Academy of Microbiology.
    The National Registry of Microbiologists was established by the American Academy of Microbiology to recognize microbiologists at specific levels of training and/or experience. It is the purpose of the Registry to recognize persons with such a degree of education in the field of microbiology at the bachelor's degree level that these individuals have an adequate understanding of the scientific bases of applied methods. Additional information regarding eligibility, areas included in the registry examination, cost, etc., are available in the department office.

  5. American Society for Microbiology - Student Membership.
    Any matriculated student majoring in Microbiology or a related field is eligible for election as a Student Member in the American Society for Microbiology. Student members have all the privileges of membership, except the right to vote and hold office in the society. Student members receive the monthly ASM News and are entitled to subscribe to the Society's scientific journals. They also have access to available job opportunities and can attend ASM conventions. 1997 annual student membership fees are $15.00. Application forms are available in the department office or you can contact your adviser for the membership application included in issues of ASM News. Undergraduates in the Microbiology program have organized a University of Minnesota student chapter. This chapter may be contacted through the Microbiology Club mailbox in 1450 Mayo.

  6. Jobs.
    Student laboratory positions are frequently available and are posted by the Student Employment Center located at 120 Fraser, 624-8070. The Office of Special Learning Opportunities (OSLO) also provides job listings in 220 Johnston, 624-7577.

    Students who have completed their degree are encouraged to contact their college's career development office. They can also leave a resume with the Executive Secretary in the department office for circulation among the Microbiology faculty.

    • CBS Student Services Office
      223 Snyder Hall
      St. Paul Campus

    • CLA Career Development Office
      345 Fraser Hall
      Minneapolis Campus

    • American Society for Microbiology
      c/o ASM News
      1325 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
      Washington, DC 20005

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