Montana State University

Microbiology

The department participates in MSUís Genetics Minor and recommends this minor to students particularly interested in genetics.

Note: MSU's programs in the biological sciences are distributed across multiple departments.  MSU does not have a single Department of Biology.  For additional options see   Biological Sciences at MSU.

Department of Microbiology

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Programs are designed to prepare students for careers in microbiology with emphasis in medical microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, virology, microbial physiology, microbial ecology, microbial genetics, and environmental microbiology. The microbiology curriculum has three options: Microbiology, Environmental Health, and Medical Laboratory Science. Some courses in these options require additional course fees.

Microbiology Option

In this option, students obtain a thorough education in the fields of medical, ecological, physiological and environmental microbiology, immunology, virology, and molecular biology. This curriculum is excellent preparation for:

  • graduate study in microbiology and other fields of the biological sciences;
  • medical, dental, and other professional schools;
  • careers in industry, university, institute, and government laboratories.

There are several tracks a student can choose within this option to tailor their studies to their interests. These include the Microbiology Track, the Pre-Medical Track, the Environmental Track and the Environmental Health Track.

Medical Laboratory Science Option

This option is designed to prepare students for careers in Clinical Laboratory Science. Students develop competence in a range of medically-oriented fields including immunology, medical bacteriology, virology parasitology, hematology, mycology, and chemistry. Foundations in molecular biology and statistics are also emphasized.

The Department of Microbiology has two plans for students seeking a career in Medical Laboratory Science (MLS). Plan A allows students to attend classes at MSU for three years and apply for an internship the fourth year with an affiliated MLS program. The Montana Medical Laboratory Science Training Program is located at MSU. MSU also has an affiliation agreement with the University of North Dakota (UND), Sacred Heart School of Medical Technology in Spokane and Health One Alliance School of Medical Technology, Denver. Students with a 2.5 GPA or greater who are accepted will spend their fourth year in this program. Upon completion of the one-year internship, students receive a BS degree in Microbiology from MSU and take a national examination through the American Society for Clinical Pathologists or the National Certification Agency. They will then be qualified to practice as a Medical Laboratory Scientist. Plan B is for students who wish to attend four complete years at MSU and then independently seek an approved hospital training program in MLS for a one-year internship. Once training is complete, they will also be qualified to take a national registry exam and become certified as a MLS. This certification qualifies them for graduate education and careers in:

  • clinical analysis (microbiology, hematology, chemistry, and immunohematology);
  • medical research;
  • industry (product development, sales, maintenance of equipment, etc);
  • public health laboratories;
  • health care administration.

Microbiology Minor (Non-Teaching)

A Microbiology minor is available to provide interested students with an understanding of the microbial basis of health and disease and environmental microbiology. Eligibility for a minor in Microbiology requires 29 credits in Microbiology and supporting subjects. This minor will complement other majors for those pursuing graduate school and professional programs in medical, dental, veterinary, ecological, industrial, pharmaceutical and related areas. The minor will also strengthen the background of science majors who wish to become more competitive in the job market.

Undergraduate Research Participation

An undergraduate research program, available to students who demonstrate an interest and ability, is open to non-majors as well as majors in Microbiology. The aim of this program is to foster increased creativity, imagination, inquisitiveness, and independence.

Departmental Honors in Microbiology

When appropriate, majors should consider the opportunities afforded by the departmental honors program. This program has the following components:

  • A minimum 3.5 grade-point average (GPA) in Microbiology, 3.0 GPA overall.
  • A minimum of four credits of undergraduate research credit.
  • An acceptable, bound senior thesis, and an oral defense of the thesis.

Participation in a Microbiology seminar (BIOM 494) during the senior year is the required capstone course for graduation. As many as two BIOM 494 seminars (1 credit each) may be applied toward graduation when taken in the junior or senior years. A detailed description of the microbiology program is available from the department.


Curricula in Microbiology


MICROBIOLOGY OPTION: Microbiology Track

Freshman Year Credits
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I (or) CHMY 151 4
CHMY 143-- College Chemistry II (or) CHMY 153 4
Math Requirements* 6
University Core and Electives     12
30
Sophomore Year Credits
CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I (or) CHMY 331 4
CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II (or) CHMY 333 4
BIOM 360--General Microbiology 5
PHSX 205--College Physics I (or) PHSX 220 4
PHSX 207--College Physics II (or) PHSX 222 4
Microbiology Electives** 10
University Core and Electives 11
30
Junior Year Credits
BCH 380--Biochemistry    5
Take one of the following two choices:
    BIOM 430--Applied & Environ Microbiology   (or) (4)
    BIOM 415--Microbial Diversity, Ecol & Evol (3)
Microbiology Electives** 10
University Core and Electives 11-12
30
Senior Year Credits
BIOM 494--Seminar/Workshop (two semesters) 2
BIOM 450--Microbial Physiology 3
BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics 3
Microbiology Electives** 10
University Core and Electives     11
30
*Math Requirements
Take one of the following two choices:
M 161Q--Survey of Calculus (4 cr) (and)
BIOB 318-- Biometry (3 cr) (or)
M 165Q, 181Q, 191Q--Survey of Calculus I (3 or 4 cr) (and)
M 166Q, 182Q, 192Q--Calculus for Technology II (3 or 4 cr)
**Microbiology Electives
A minimum of 25 credits of additional Microbiology courses,
some of which are listed below.
BIOM 101--Careers in Microbiology (1 cr)
BIOB 410--Immunology (3 cr)
BIOB 411--Immunology Laboratory (1 cr)
BIOM 435--Virology (4 cr)
BIOH 405--Hematology (3 cr)
BIOH 406--Hematology Laboratory (1 cr)
BIOM 497--Educational Methods:Microbiology (2 cr)
BIOM 431--Medical Bacteriology (3 cr)
BIOM 432--Medical Bacteriology Lab (2 cr)
BIOB 428--Molecular Evolution (3 cr)
BIOM 441--Eukaryotic Pathogens (4 cr)
BIOM 455--Rsch Mthds in Microbiology (4 cr)
BIOM 490--Independent Research
(4 cr. max. applied to MB electives)
Other suggested courses
BIOH 201--Human Anatomy & Physiology I (5 cr.)
BIOH 211--Human Anatomy & Physiology II (5 cr.)
BIOB 375--General Genetics (3 cr.)
BIOH 340--Principles of Histology(3 cr)
WRIT 221--Intermediate Tech Writing (3 cr)
BIOB 424--Ethical Pract of Science(3 cr.)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation;
42 of those credits must be in courses numbered 300
and above.


MICROBIOLOGY OPTION: Pre-Medical Track

Freshman Year
BIOB 195--Integrative Physiology; 3 cr (pre-requisite for BIOL 256) (Fall)
CHMY 141--General Chemistry I; 4 cr (Fall)
M 171Q--Calculus I; 4 cr (Fall)
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics; 3 cr (Fall)
BIOB 256--Introductory Biology: Cells to Organisms; 4 cr (Spring)
CHMY 143 --General Chemistry II; 4 cr (Spring)
M 172Q --Calculus II; 4 cr (Spring)
University Core and Electives (see list below)     
Sophomore Year
BIOB 260--Cellular & Molecular Biology; 4 cr (Fall)
CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I; 4 cr (Fall)
PHSX 205--College Physics I; 4 cr (Fall)
CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II; 4 cr (Spring)
PHSX 207--College Physics II; 4 cr (Spring)
BIOM 360--General Microbiology; 5 cr (Spring)
University Core and Electives (see list below)
Junior Year
BIOB 375--General Genetics; 3 cr (Fall) OR
BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics; 3 cr (Fall)
BCH 380--Biochemistry; 5 cr (Fall)  OR  
BCH 441--Biochm. of Macromolecules; 3 cr (Fall) AND
BCH 442--Metabolic Reg; 3 cr (Spring)
University Core and Electives (see list below)
Senior Year
BIOM 450--Microbial Physiology; 3 cr (Fall)
BIOM 494--Seminar Capstone; 1 cr (Fall)
BIOM 415--Microbial Diversity, Ecology and Evolution; 3 cr (alt. Spring) OR
BIOM 430--Applied & Environmental Microbiology; 3 cr (Spring)
University Core and Electives (see list below)
Electives (you need 13 credits):
Recommended
BIOH 405--Hematology; 3 cr (Fall)
BIOB 410--Immunology; 3 cr (Fall)
BIOM 435--Virology; 3 cr (Fall)
BIOM 431--Medical Bacteriology Lecture; 3 cr (Spring)
BIOM 432--Medical Bacteriology Lab; 1 cr (Spring)
BIOM 441--Eukaryotic Pathogens; 4 cr (Spring)
Electives: Other
BIOB 425 --Advanced Cell & Molecular Biology; 3 cr (Spring)
CHMY 371-- Physical Chemistry Quantum Chemistry and Spectroscopy; 3 cr (Fall)
CHMY 372-- Physical Chemistry Lab I; 1 cr (Fall)
CHMY 373-- Physical Chemistry II: Kinetics and Thermodynamics; 3 cr (Spring)
CHMY 374-- Physical Chemistry Lab II; 2 cr (Spring)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation;
42 of those credits must be in courses numbered 300
and above.


MICROBIOLOGY OPTION: Environmental Microbiology Track

Freshman Year    
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems     4
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I or CHMY 151   4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II or CHMY 153 4
Math requirements:   6 or 7
For General Plan:  
M 165 (171, 181) --Calculus I (3-4 cr) (and)  
M 166 (172, 182)-- Calculus II (3-4 cr)  
For other Plans:  
M 161Q--Survey of Calculus (4 cr) (and)  
BIOB 318-- Biometry (3 cr)  
University Core and Electives       11-12
  15
Sophomore Year    
CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I or CHEM 314       4
CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II or CHEM 315     4
BIOM 360--General Microbiology     5
For General Plan:    
PHSX 205--College Phys I or PHSX 220       4
PHSX 206--College Phys II or PHSX 222     4
For Population Biol. & Ecology Plan:    
BIOB 258--Intro Biol: Organisms to Populations   4
BIOB 375--General Genetics   3
BIOE 370--General Ecology    
For Bioinformatics Plan:    
MB 444--Selected Topics in Bioinformatics   4
For Ag & Bioremediation Plan:    
LRES 201--Intro Soil Resources   3
University Core and Electives       9-17
  15
Junior Year    
BCH 380--Biochemistry    5
BIOM 450--Microbial Physiology   3
BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics   3
BIOM 430--Appl. & Env. Microbiology   4
BCH 442--Metabolic Regulation   3
University Core and Electives       12
  15
Senior Year    
BIOM 494--Seminar, Capstone (take twice)   1
For General Plan:  
BCH 441--Biochem of Macromolecules   3
BIOM 455--Res Meth or   1
BCH 444R--Bchm Meth
BIOM 452--Soil & Env. Microbiology
For Population Biol. & Ecology Plan:
BIOM 415--Micro Diversity, Ecol & Evol 3
BIOM 452--Soil & Env. Microbiology 3
BIOB 420--Evolution      3
For Bioinformatics Plan :
BCH 441--Biochem of Macromolecules 3
BIOM 455--Res Meth or 4
BCH 444R--Bchm Meth 4
BIOM 428--Molecular Evolution 3
For Ag & Bioremediation Plan:  
BIOM 452--Soil & Environmental Microbiology     3
LRES 355--Soil & Env Microbiology   3
LRES 460-- Soil Remediation   3
BIOM 421--Concepts of Plant Pathology   3
AGSC 450--Plant Disease Control   3
BIOM 423--Mycology   3
University Core and Electives        
  15

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


MICROBIOLOGY OPTION: Environmental Health Track

Freshman Year F S
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems (or)    4
BIOB 260--Cellular & Molecular Biology    
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I     4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II     4
M 161Q--Survey of Calculus     4
BIOM 101--Careers in Microbiology     1
PSYX 100IS--Intro to Psychology      3
SOCI 101IS--Intro to Sociology     3
University Core and Electives     3 4
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry I     4
CHMY 323--Organic Chemistry II     4
BIOM 210RN--Prin of Envirn Hlth Science     4
BIOM 360--General Microbiology     5
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics      3
PSCI 260--Intro to State and Local Govt      3
University Core and Electives     4 3
15 15
Junior Year F S
BCH 380--Biochemistry    5
BIOO 262--Introduction to Entomology     3
BIOH 211--Human Anatomy &Physiology II      4
BIOM 431--Medical Bacteriology     3
BIOM 432--Medical Bacteriology Lab     2
PHSX 205--College Phys I     4
PHSX 207--College Phys II     4
University Core and Electives     4 1
15 15
Senior Year F S
BIOM 494--Seminar/Workshop    1 1
BIOB 410--Immunology     3
BIOB 411--Immunology Lab     1
Take one of the following two choices:
    BIOM 430--Applied & Environ Microbiology (or)     (4)
    BIOM 415--Microbial Diversity, Ecol & Evol (3)
BIOM 450--Micro Physiology     3
BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics     3
Take one of the following two choices:
    BIOM 441--Eukaryotic Pathogen (or) (4)
    BIOM 427--General Parasitology (3)
BIOM 452--Soil & Environmental Microbiology     3
University Core and Electives     7 0-2
15 15
Suggested Electives:
(An elective course may be a substitute for
a required course following discussion
with an advisor and if prerequisites are
met or can be waived).
BIOM 435--Virology (4 cr.)
BIOB 428--Molecular Evolution (3 cr.)
BIOM 455--Rsch Mthds in Microbiology (4 cr.)
SFBS 451--Sustainable Food Systems (3 cr)
NUTR 227--Food Fundamentals Lab (2 cr)
HDFN 545--Exploration of Food Biotechnology (2 cr)
ENVE 444--Hazardous Waste Management (3 cr)
ENSC 351--Nutrient Cycling (3 cr)
ENSC 345--Soil & Environmental Chem (3 cr)
ENSC 460--Soil Remediation (3 cr)
ENSC 461--Restoration Ecology (3 cr)

A minimum of 120 credits is required for graduation; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above.


MEDICAL LABORATORY SCIENCE OPTION (3+1 PROGRAM)   

Plan A

Freshman Year F S
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems (or) 4
    BIOB 260--Cellular & Molecular Biology Cells   
BIOH 201--Human Anatomy & Physiol I     5
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I     4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II     4
BIOM 101--Careers in Microbiology     1
University Core and Electives     6 6
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
BCH 380--Biochemistry    5
BIOH 211--Human Anatomy & Physiology II     4
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry      5
BIOM 360--General Microbiology        5
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics      3
University Core and Electives     6 2
15 15
Junior Year F S
BIOB 410--Immunology    3
BIOB 411--Immunology Laboratory     1
BIOM 435--Virology     4  
BIOH 405--Hematology     3
BIOH 406--Hematology Laboratory     1
BIOM 497--Educational Methods:Microbiology 2
Take one of the following two choices:
BIOB 450--Microbial Physiology (or)     (3)
BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics     (3)
BIOM 431--Medical Bacteriology 3
BIOM 432--Medical Bacteriology Lab 2
BIOM 441--Eukaryotic Pathogens 4
University Core and Electives     1 or 4 1 or 3
16 14
Suggested Electives
(some taught alternating years)
     BIOM 415--Microbial Diversity, Ecol & Evol     3
     BIOM 430--Applied & Environ Microbiology      4
     BIOB 428--Molecular Evolution     3
     BIOM 455--Rsch Mthds in Microbiology     4
     BIOH 340--Principles of Histology     3

Senior Professional Year Montana Medical Laboratory Science Training Program

Students with a 2.5 GPA or higher can apply for a senior year of professional training. They will obtain a degree in Microbiology/Medical Laboratory Science option from MSU-Bozeman. The following courses are required in the program:

BIOH 470 - Summer Clinical Practicum - 12 credits Clinical Immunohematology I; Clinical Chemistry Theory; Clinical Laboratory I; Clinical Hemostasis; Clinical Microscopy and Urinalysis; Clinical Body Fluids; Clinical Immunohematology Theory; Clinical Microbiology Theory and Laboratory

BIOH 471 - Professional Training I - Fall Semester (Training Site) - 13 credits. Clinical Immunohematology II; Clinical Chemistry I; Clinical Hematology I; Clinical Laboratory II; Clinical Microbiology I; Clinical Laboratory III; Clinical Immunology; Medical Mycology

BIOH 472 - Professional Training II - Spring Semester (Training Site) - 12 credits. Financial and Quality Management of the Clinical Laboratory; Clinical Chemistry II; Clinical Immunohematology III; Clinical Microbiology II; Clinical Hematology II

Total credits for graduation are 128; 42 of these credits must be in courses numbered 300 and above; and 32 of those credits must be in the distributed University Core. Note: Additional credits are required for this option because students take an additional summer session of courses. This additional semester is necessary because professional training programs approved by the National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standards (NCCLS) are twelve months in duration and not nine.

Courses for Montana Medical Laboratory Science Training Program

Summer Semester Credits
BIOH 468--Cl.Immunohematology I 2
BIOH 464--Clin Hem & Body Fluids 2
BIOH 466--Clinical Microbiology I 3
BIOH 467--Clinical Chemistry I 3
BIOH 469--Essentials of Clinical Laboratory Practice 2
Total     12
 
Fall Semester Credits
BIOH 473--Laboratory Practice II 1
BIOH 474--Clinical Hematology II 2
BIOH 475--Clinical Hemostasis 1
BIOH 476--Clinical Microbiology II 3
BIOH 477--Chemistry and Urinalysis II 3
BIOH 478--Clinical Immunohematology II 2
BIOH 479--Clinical Immunology/Serology 1
Total     13
 
Spring Semester Credits
BIOH 484--Clinical Hematology III 2
BIOH 487--Clinical Chemistry III 2
BIOH 488--Clinical Immunohematology 2
BIOH 486--Clinical Microbiology and Molecular Diagnostics 3
BIOH 482--Laboratory Practice III 2
BIOH 489--Laboratory Management 1
Total     12

Plan B

Freshman Year F S
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems (or) 4
BIOB 260--Cellular & Molecular Biology Cells   
CHMY 141--College Chemistry I     4
CHMY 143--College Chemistry II     4
BIOM 101--Careers in Microbiology     1
STAT 216Q--Introduction to Statistics      3
University Core and Electives     6 8
15 15
Sophomore Year F S
CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry     5
BIOM 360--General Microbiology        5
PHSX 205--College Physics I     4
PHSX 207--College Phys II     4
University Core and Electives     6 6-9
15 15
Junior Year F S
BCH 380--Biochemistry    5
BIOH 211--Human Anatomy & Physiology II     4
BIOB 410--Immunology     3
BIOB 411--Immunology Laboratory     1
BIOH 405--Hematology     3
BIOH 406--Hematology Laboratory     1
BIOM 431--Medical Bacteriology       3
BIOM 432--Medical Bacteriology Lab       2
University Core and Electives     3 5
15 15
Senior Year F S
BIOM 494--Seminar/Workshop 1 1
BIOM 497--Educational Methods:Microbiology 2
Take one of the following two choices:
    BIOM 430--Applied & Environ Microbiology (or)    (4)
    BIOM 415--Microbial Diversity     (3)
BIOB 450--Microbial Physiology     3
BIOM 441--Eukaryotic Pathogens     4
BIOM 410--Microbial Genetics     3
University Core and Electives     11 0-2
15 15
Suggested Electives:
     BIOM 435--Virology     4
     BIOM 428--Molecular Evolution     3
     BIOM 455--Rsch Mthds in Microbiology     4
     BIOH 340--Principles of Histology     3


MICROBIOLOGY MINOR (NON-TEACHING)

Take one of the following two choices: Credits
     BIOM 103IN-Unseen Universe:Microbes    3
     BIOM 250IN--Micro Hlth Sci:Infect Disease     3
Take one of the following two choices:
     CHMY 211--Elements of Organic Chemistry    5
     CHMY 321--Organic Chemistry 1     4
BIOB 160--Principles of Living Systems 4
BIOM 360--General Microbiology 5
Microbiology Electives 13

Microbiology electives must be numbered 280 and above. A minimum of 9 credits total must be in courses numbered 300 and above. A maximum of 2 Undergraduate Research credits can be applied to the minor.


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