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Major in Microbiology
Admission Requirements and Advising
General Education Requirements
Major Course Requirements
Approved Electives
Microm 496 Library Research
Grade Requirements and Dismissal Policy
Course Planning
Honors Program

Admission to the Program

  • A minimum of 75 credits applicable to graduation, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 overall, and a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.25 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:


Please contact Sarah Mears, Academic Adviser, for more information about the microbiology major. Her e-mail address is: advmicro@u.washington.edu. 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: http://www.washington.edu/discover/admissions/. 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.

Sarah Mears 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.

Upon notification of acceptance to the Program, Ms. Mears will assign a faculty adviser for each student. Faculty advisers will discuss departmental requirements, electives and students' scientific interests, and assist them in planning for a career and/or graduate education or professional school. During the first three quarters in the Microbiology Program students meet with an 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, preferably in Winter Quarter.





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