Purdue University Calumet | College of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

Concentration in Microbiology

In addition to the core degree requirements, the following courses are taken in the BS in Biology to receive a concentration in Microbiology1.


Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 31600 Basic Microbiology 4

Choose one of the following

BIOL 33300 Ecology 4
BIOL 357003 Animal Physiology 4

BIOLOGY ELECTIVES2, 4 (Minimum 12 credit hours)

Choose at least 12 credits from the lists below; at least 6 of the 12 credits must be selected from Group A.

Group A

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 53300 Medical Microbiology 3
BIOL 53400 Medical Microbiology Lab 2
BIOL 56100 Immunology 3
BIOL 59500 Special Assignments (Microbiology Related) varies
  Examples in previous years included:  
  Environmental Microbiology 3-4
  Food Microbiology 5
  Virology 3

 Group B

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIOL 34200 Biological Sciences Practicum (Microbiology Related) 0~3
BIOL 48800 Biological Sciences Internship (Microbiology Related) 0~3
BIOL 48900 Biological Sciences Research (Microbiology Related) 0~3
BIOL 50700 Molecular Biology  3
BIOL 50800 Recombinant DNA Techniques  3
BIOL 49500/59500 Special Assignments varies
  Examples in previous years included:  
  Advanced Immunology 3
  Bioinformatics 3
  Cell and Tissue Culture 3
  Experimental Design 3
  Independent Study Related to Microbiology 0~3

1 Students must apply for the concentration to have this concentration appear on the transcript.

2 Availability of some required or elective courses in a particular semester may change. Please consult your advisor or check the biology website for current availability of courses.

3 BIOL 35700 may be replaced by BIOL 21400 Human Anatomy and Physiology II. BIOL 21300 Human Anatomy and Physiology I, a prerequisite of BIOL 21400 can be used as a free elective.

4 Maximum 3 credits in independent research/studies, practicum/ internship can be used for Microbiology elective requirement.