May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Biological Sciences (Microbiology) BS

The Bachelor of Science program in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Microbiology combines the study of microorganisms (bacteria, archaea, fungi, protists, and viruses), and immunology (functionality of the immune system). Students will learn how microorganisms positively and negatively influence health, society, and the environment, as well as investigate their role in biomedicine and biotechnology. Students will explore the areas of microbial ecology, microbial genetics, pathogenic microbiology, applied microbiology, immunology, virology, and biochemistry. There are numerous opportunities for individuals moving directly into the workforce with a  Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Microbiology in the areas of agricultural, environmental, food, and industrial microbiology; public health; resource management; basic research; education; and sales. Alternatively, students may pursue an advanced degree or a career in healthcare like a physician, physician’s assistant, dentist, optometrist, or veterinarian. A Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Microbiology will position individuals well for admission into an advanced or professional degree program. Biological Sciences (Microbiology) majors work closely with a faculty advisor to tailor course selections to fit their specific career goals.

Biological Sciences (Microbiology) BS Degree Requirements (124 hours)  

Biological Sciences (Microbiology) BS Semester Guide  

Availability: Hattiesburg Campus

Admission Requirements: See University Admission Policies  

Program Academic Policies and Requirements:

  • See University Academic Policies and Requirements  
  • Coursework taken within the area of biological sciences can be applied to only one major.
  • Students seeking a second baccalaureate in biological sciences typically complete the same course requirements as do students seeking the first baccalaureate. These courses include the major area of study requirements, the additional requirements, the upper-level writing-intensive course, and the calculus competency. Students must meet with the school director to finalize specific degree requirements during the first semester of seeking the second baccalaureate.

Program Recommendations:

  • A student’s choice of degree program and curriculum should be determined in consultation with an advisor.