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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Programs of Study Microbiology 680 Graduation Requirements for the Major  

Graduation Requirements for the Major

All students, regardless of matriculation date must complete a minimum of 20 credits of microbiology major coursework from among the required and elective courses (Area VIII). Proficiency in microbiology, not including quantitative skills (8 credits), must be completed in residence. Of these 20 credits, at least 12 credits must be completed from 680 courses. This rule is intended to assure that students receiving degrees from Rutgers University-New Brunswick have taken a minimum number of courses in their major with New Brunswick faculty. Please keep in mind that although a course may transfer from another institution into one of the Rutgers-New Brunswick schools, it will not necessarily be accepted toward the major in microbiology. Therefore, transfer courses must be evaluated and accepted by the undergraduate program director in order to count toward the major.

For an up-to-date description of microbiology major requirements, courses, and course sequences please refer to the program webpage at


Options are chosen from lists of courses certified in each learning goal:

Note: The SEBS Core Curriculum requirements differ slightly from SAS Core Curriculum requirements.

Contemporary Challenges (6 credits) Two courses, one in each of the Contemporary Challenges areas: Diversities and Social Inequalities [CC-D] and Our Common Future [CC-O]

Experiential Learning (3 credits) Students must participate in a certified experience that meets this goal [EL]

Natural Sciences (6 credits)Two courses, one each in two of the following areas: physical, biological, or environmental sciences [NS]

Historical Analysis (3 credits) One course [HST]

Social Analysis (6 credits) Two courses, one in either social/cultural analysis or economic analysis, and one in governmental and regulatory analysis [SCL]

Arts and Humanities (3 credits) One course [AH]

Writing and Communication (6 credits) 01:355:101 or its equivalent [WC] and one course in communicating effectively in modes appropriate to a discipline or area of inquiry [WCD]

Quantitative and Formal Reasoning (6 credits) Two courses [QQ; QR]



A. Introductory Life and Physical Sciences (44 credits)
  • 01:119:115-116  General Biology (4,4)*
  • 01:119:117 Biological Research Laboratory (2)
  • 01:160:161-162  General Chemistry (4,4)*
  • 01:160:171  Introduction to Experimentation (1)
  • 01:640:151  Calculus for Mathematics and Physical Sciences (4)**
  • 01:960:401  Basic Stats for Research (3)** (other calculus courses may be substituted)
  • 01:160:370 - 308  Organic Chemistry (4,4)*** OR 01:160:315 - 316  Principles of Organic Chemistry (4,4)
  • 01:447:380  Genetics (4)
  • 01:750:193-194  Physics for the Sciences (4,4)* or equivalent
*Up to 6 credits can be applied to the SEBS Core-Natural Sciences

**Up to 6 credits can be applied to the SEBS Core-Quantitative and Formal Reasoning

***Students intending to apply to medical school should be aware that many schools require laboratories in organic chemistry and physics.

B. Core Microbiology (44 Credits, including electives)
  • 11:680:390 General Microbiology (*Must pass General Microbiology with a minimum grade of C to satisfy prerequisite requirement for: 11:680:401, 11:680:491, 11:680:492, 11:680:494, 11:680:480, and 11:680:481.)
  • 11:680:480  Microbial Genetics and Genomics or 11:126:481  Molecular Genetics (3)
  • 11:680:481  Microbial Physiology (3)
  • 11:680:491  Microbial Ecology and Diversity (3)
  • 11:680:494  Applied Microbiology (4)
  • 11:680:401  Ethics and Issues in Microbiology (1)
  • 11:680:495  Seminar in Microbiology (1)
  • 11:115:403-404  General Biochemistry (4,3)
  • 11:115:413  Experimental Biochemistry (3)

Microbiology Electives (15) (Semesters Taught)*
*Please note that no more than one course with a grade of D may be used to fulfill the core microbiology requirements of the major.

  • 11:126:407  Comparative Virology (3) (fall every other year)
  • 11:126:427  Methods in Applications in Molecular Biology (4) (fall)
  • 11:126:482  Molecular Genetics Laboratory (3) (spring)
  • 11:126:484  Tools for Bioinformatic Analysis (3) (spring)
  • 11:126:485  Bioinformatics (fall)
  • 01:146:328  Human Parasitology (3) (fall)
  • 01:146:340  Virology (3) (fall, even years only)
  • 01:146:474  Immunology (3) (fall)
  • 01:146:475  Laboratory in Immunology (1) (spring)
  • 11:216:405  Evolution in Infectious Diseases (3) (spring)
  • 11:375:302  Water and Wastewater Treatment (3) (fall)
  • 11:375:312  Environmental Microbiology Laboratory (2) (fall)
  • 11:375:411  Environmental Microbiology (3) (spring)
  • 11:375:453  Soil Ecology (3) (fall)
  • 11:400:423  Food Microbiology (3) (spring)
  • 01:447:392  Pathogenic Microbiology (3) (fall)
  • 01:447:480  Topics in Molecular Genetics (3) (spring)
  • 11:680:410  Microbiology and Culture of Cheese and Wine (3) (summer)
  • 11:680:486  Analytical Methods in Microbiology (3) (spring, even years)
  • 11:680:492  Microbial Ecology Laboratory (3) (spring, odd years)
  • 11:680:475  Microbiomes and Health (3) (spring)
  • 11:776:302  General Plant Pathology (3) (fall)
  • 11:776:400  Fungi in the Environment (3) (fall)
  • 11:680:497, 498  Research in Microbiology (fall/spring/summer) - One to three credits of research may be substituted for an equal number of credits of elective courses, with the approval of the curriculum coordinator.

C. Unspecified Electives (up to 3)

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