The Bachelor of Science degree program at the University of Houston-Downtown provides a broad-based curriculum in the liberal arts, the Natural Sciences and a set of courses specifically in biology with a microbiology focus. This concentration requires virology, immunology, medical microbiology and additional courses that cover a broad collection of topics in microbiology. This degree is designed to meet the needs of those interested in careers in medical, dental, or other health professions.
The degree program will prepare those interested in graduate work in microbiology or public health. It will also prepare students for rewarding careers through smaller classes, faculty mentoring, modern labs, hands-on experience and flexible class options. Students are encouraged to participate in an appropriate field experience or research activity as part of their curriculum.
PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES
Graduates who earn a BS in Biology will be able to:
Demonstrate basic knowledge of the discipline (Basic Knowledge).
Demonstrate an understanding of the ethical standards for the responsible conduct of scientific research and its applications (Ethics).
Carry out the independent project-based activity (Research and Knowledge Application).
Effectively use the scientific method and scientific reasoning both qualitatively and quantitatively (Scientific Reasoning).
Work as part of a team (Teamwork).
Demonstrate laboratory skills common to modern laboratories (Laboratory Skills - Technology).
Effectively communicate scientific information in writing and in oral presentations (Communication Skills).
DEGREE PLAN INFORMATION
The following four-year degree plan is based on the UHD 2016-2017 academic catalog. Students should meet with a UHD Academic Advisor to develop their own plan.
ADMISSIONS AND DECLARATION OF MAJOR
Students may be admitted to and declare a major in Biology With Concentration in Microbiology if they meet the following criteria:
There are many options and opportunities to choose from in your career as a microbiologist; many companies need microbiological expertise. Upon graduation, your bachelor’s degree in microbiology will help you qualify for many clinical, environmental, research and technical positions. The microbiology curriculum at UHD will prepare students for careers such as:
- Research Assistant
- Food Microbiologists
- Industrial Microbiologist
- Environmental Microbiologist
- Quality Assurance Technologist
- Clinical Microbiologist
- Veterinary Microbiologist
- Medical Technologist
- Chemistry 21 Hours Minimum
- Environmental Sciences 23 Hours Minimum
- Physics 20 Hours Minimum
We aim to foster your academic, personal, and professional goals. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the program coordinator.
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