Accelerated B.S. Microbiology

Accelerated BS to MS Program

Students accepted into an accelerated undergraduate program may take departmentally approved graduate coursework as part of their undergraduate curriculum.  These credits will count towards both their bachelor's and master's degrees and can fulfill major requirements, upper-division requirements, and/or free electives.  For details on accelerated programs at Idaho State University, please see (Degree Requirements). 

Once accepted into an accelerated degree program, it is strongly recommended for students to stay in close communication with their advisor regarding pursuit of acceptance into the Graduate School and the master's degree program at Idaho State University. Acceptance into an accelerated program during the bachelor's degree program is the first step in the admissions process. A separate application to the Graduate School is necessary for all accelerated programs. For more information regarding application and admission to the Graduate School at Idaho State University, please see the Graduate Admissions section of the graduate catalog (

Microbiology  Accelerated Criteria

This accelerated program gives outstanding bachelor’s degree students in Microbiology a “fast-track” option to pursue their Master of Science in Microbiology degree.

Students accepted into the accelerated program may take up to 8 credit hours of 5000 level courses during the last two semesters of their bachelor’s program that will apply to both the bachelor’s and master’s degree requirements.  Students have to meet all requirements for both the bachelor’s degree and master’s degree.

Additional requirements for students in this program are:

  • Students need to identify a suitable advisor for their program (see

  • Students must earn at least a “B” (3.0) in each graduate-level course counted for the program.

Eligibility for this program:

  • Completion of at least 70 undergraduate credits applicable to the Bachelor of Science in Microbiology program at the time of application.

  • Overall GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the time of application.

Students who wish to enroll in this program should submit an application no later than the end of the second semester of their junior year.  Applicants are not required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test.

Meeting these eligibility requirements does not guarantee acceptance into the accelerated master’s degree programs.

Core Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree must satisfy the General Education Objectives (a minimum of 37 credits). Students must also satisfy the core requirements listed below and at least 13 credits of elective courses in Microbiology. (Need 36 upper division course hours.) In order to make timely progress toward the degree, it is imperative that the student work closely with a major advisor.

General Education

The listing below includes program requirements that also fulfill General Education requirements.

Objective 16
Objective 23
Objective 3- MATH 1160 or MATH 11703
Objective 46
Objective 5 - BIOL 1101, BIOL 1101L, PHYS 11117
Objective 66
Students must fulfill Objective 7 or Objective 83
Objective 7
Objective 8
Objective 93
Total Credits37

Required Courses in Biological Sciences:

BIOL 1101
Biology I
and Biology I Lab (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
BIOL 1102
Biology II
and Biology II Lab
BIOL 1191Wonder about Biology1
BIOL 2233
Principles of Microbiology
and Principles of Microbiology Lab
BIOL 3358Genetics3
Choose either:3-6
Biochemistry I
Biochemistry II
BIOL 4433
Microbial Physiology
and Microbial Physiology Laboratory
BIOL 4434
Microbial Diversity
and Microbial Diversity Lab
BIOL 4444
Molecular Biology
and Molecular Biology Lab
BIOL 4451
and Immunology Laboratory
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
BIOL 4498Seminar in Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology1
Total Credits36-39

Required Courses in Chemistry, Mathematics, and Physics:

CHEM 1111
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
CHEM 1112
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
CHEM 2232
CHEM 2234
Quantitative Analysis
and Quantitative Analysis Laboratory
CHEM 3301
CHEM 3303
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory I
CHEM 3302
CHEM 3304
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory II
MATH 1160Survey of Calculus (Satisfies General Education Objective 3)3-4
or MATH 1170 Calculus I
PHYS 1111
PHYS 1113
General Physics I
and General Physics I Laboratory (Partially satisfies General Education Objective 5)
PHYS 1112
PHYS 1114
General Physics II
and General Physics II Laboratory
Total Credits32-33

Students in the Bachelor of Science in Microbiology degree program must take a minimum of 13 credits from the Microbiology Electives course list. These 13 credits require a minimum of six credits of BIOL electives.

Microbiology Electives (13 Credits)

General Parasitology
Food Microbiology
Experimental Biochemistry
Immunology 1
Immunology Laboratory 1
Advanced Immunology
Pathogenic Microbiology 1
Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory 1
Microbial Genetics
Special Topics in Microbiology
Applied and Environmental Microbiology
Applied Environmental Microbiology Lab
General Virology
Mentored Research Alliance
Independent Problems
Independent Problems
Inorganic Chemistry I
and Inorganic Chemistry I Laboratory
Introduction to Research
and Introduction to Research
Instrumental Analysis
and Instrumental Analysis Laboratory
Topics in Physical Chemistry I
Topics in Physical Chemistry II
Synthetic Methods
and Synthetic Methods Laboratory
Inorganic Chemistry II
Environmental Chemistry
and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory

One of these courses may be taken as an elective, providing the other course is used to fulfill the core requirement.

Degree Totals

Program Admission Requirements0
General Education37
Major Requirements (Required General Education credits removed.)71-75
Upper Division Free Electives0
Free Electives8-12
Total Credits120

ISU Degree Requirements

ISU General Education

Major Academic Plan (MAP)

Master of Science in Microbiology