Admission Requirements

​The Microbiology major is a minimum admissions major. Students meeting the minimum admission requirements will likely be able to declare the major if they meet the criteria below and meet with the adviser. There is not an application process.

  • A minimum of 75 credits applicable to graduation, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 in prerequisite chemistry and biology courses listed below. Most students are admitted to the major at the beginning of their junior year.
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses:


To declare the Microbiology major, schedule an appointment with Andrea Pardo using the online calendar located here:

If you need to be seen and there are no appointments available, please email Andrea Pardo at

Generally, Fridays are reserved for walk in times from 9-12 and 1-3. You may call in advance to make sure there are no changes in walk in hours for a given day.


Transfer Students

The first step for transfer students is to apply to the University of Washington. Information and instructions on how to apply are available on the following website: Transfer students must complete at least 20 of the required and elective microbiology credits at the UW. Students who do not meet the department's admission requirements may petition the Department's Undergraduate Admissions Committee for admission to the program. Petitions are considered on an individual basis.

The adviser will review the student's academic record, discuss career goals, and help them develop a course plan to complete the degree requirements. It's important that careful consideration be given to those courses that should be taken in sequence, and the quarter in which those courses are offered. Most of our courses are offered once a year.

During the first three quarters in the Microbiology Program, it is recommended that students meet with the adviser on a quarterly basis. The Spring Quarter meeting includes a discussion of the course of study for the senior year. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisers as often as needed in the senior year, but at least one meeting should be scheduled. Students will want to note that they can apply for graduation three quarters in advance of their graduation quarter. Most seniors will want to plan to apply for graduation in autumn of their senior year.