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Microbiology Major, B.S.

Department Information

Department of Health Sciences
PO Box 70673
Phone: (423) 439-4564
Web Address: 

The mission of the Department of Health Sciences is to offer a quality educational experience which provides a fundamental knowledge of the basic sciences; to develop student communication skills; to foster enthusiasm for continued learning; to encourage a strong program of scholarly activities; and to promote a spirit of cooperation among members of the academic community and with the community-at-large.

The Department of Health Sciences, located in Lamb Hall, is a multidisciplinary department offering a variety of courses concerning those sciences relevant to or implicating the human body and human health, e.g. Anatomy and Physiology and Microbiological Sciences. The department offers a B.S. degree in Microbiology and a B.S. degree in Health Sciences. The department also offers an option of Health Sciences 3 + 1 year at Pharmacy doctorate program, where students can complete their B.S. degree in Health Sciences while they are in first year of Pharmacy doctoral program. In addition, department offers minors in Microbiology and Health Sciences. The department has a joint graduate program with the Department of Biological Sciences and offers a M.S. degree in Biological sciences with concentrations in Microbiology and Biomedical Sciences.

The purpose a Microbiology major is to produce graduates with a fundamental knowledge of the major fields of microbiology. The graduates with a Microbiology degree are qualified to be employed as technicians in academic or industrial research laboratories or pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools.


Dara Young
(423) 439-4458

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

General Education 41-42 credits
Major Total Requirements 65-67 credits
     Core Requirements    (55-56 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (9-11 credits)
Free Electives 12-14 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: MICB-BS   

General Education Requirements  

These requirements include earning 41-42 credits in Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavior Sciences, History, Natural Sciences and Mathematics categories.

Major Specific courses listed in General Education Requirements:

Total Requirements for Microbiology Major: 65-67 credits

Free Electives: 12-14 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. 

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.