Major Course Requirements

The following courses are the requirements and options available for students pursuing a degree in Microbiology from the University of Washington, Seattle Campus. For a comprehensive list of requirements and electives, download our course requirements here.

MICROBIOLOGY DEGREE REQUIREMENTS AND ELECTIVES PACKET

Core Courses (8 Credits):

  • MICROM 410 Fundamentals of Microbiology (3 credits, Fall)
  • MICROM 402 General Microbiology Lab (3 credits, Fall & Spr)
  • MICROM 496 Library Research Paper (2 credits, all qtrs.)

Distribution:

  • Total of 28 credits 
  • Choose one course from each of the four distribution groups (Medical Microbiology, Virology, Diversity and Ecology, Genetics and Molecular Biology)
  • Two courses must contain a laboratory component (411, 431, 443 & 461 are lab choices in this area)

Medical Microbiology:

  • IMMUN 441 Immunology (4 credits, Fall)
  • MICROM 442 Medical Bacteriology (3 credits, Win)
  • MICROM 443 Medical Bacteriology Lab (3 credits, Fall & Win)
  • MICROM 460 Medical Mycology and Parasitology Lecture (3 credits, Spr)
  • MICROM 461 Medical Mycology and Parasitology Lab (2 credits, Spr)

Virology:

Diversity and Ecology:

  • MICROM 412 Prokaryotic Diversity (3 credits, Spr)
  • ENV H 409 Microbiome & Environmental Health (3 credits, Spr)
  • MICROM 435 Microbiology of Earth and Human Systems (3 Credits, Aut)

Genetics and Molecular Biology:

  • MICROM 411 Bacterial Genetics. Includes lab (4 credits, Win)
  • MICROM 431 Prokaryotic Recombinant DNA Techniques Lab (3 credits, Win), *

* If you choose to take MICROM 431 Prokaryotic Recombinant DNA Techniques Lab (3 credits, Win) you must ALSO take either GENOME 361 Fundamentals of Genetics & Genomics (3 credits) or GENOME 371 Introductory Genetics (5 credits, Fall).

Additional Requirements:

Biochemistry
BIOC 405, 406 Introduction to Biochemistry (3 Credits each)
OR
BIOC 440, 441, 442 Biochemistry
Physics
PHYS 114, 115 Algebra based Physics (4 Credits each)
OR
PHYS 121, 122 Calculus based Physics (5 Credits each)
Math
MATH 112 Application of Calculus to Business and Economics (5 Credits)
MATH 124 Calculus I (5 Credits)
Q SCI 381 Introduction to Probability and Statistics (5 Credits)
STAT 311 Elements of Statisical Methods (5 Credits
(One course is required)

Electives:

Elective credits from the approved list to reach a total of 28 when the distribution areas are satisfied.