Applied Environmental Microbiology

Bachelor of Science - Applied & Environmental Microbiology Major

The major in applied and environmental microbiology is ideal for students desiring a career at the forefront of human and plant health, industry, food science, and the environment.  In this curriculum, future professional microbiologists are prepared with basic backgrounds in the areas of microbial ecology, environmental microbiology, soil microbiology, public health microbiology of food and water, plant pathology, and molecular biology.  With supporting coursework in such areas as organic chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, plant science, soil science, physics, calculus, and statistics students will be well prepared for employment, further educational training at the graduate level, or for professional school (medical and dental school).  Employment opportunities include: environmental laboratories (federal, state, and private); pharmaceutical industry; food industry (food production and food safety); and clinical laboratories in the health care industry.  This major requires 120 total hours.

General Education FOUNDATIONS

Please use this link to view a list of courses that meet each GEF requirement.

NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.

General Education Foundations
F1 - Composition & Rhetoric3-6
Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
Accelerated Academic Writing
F2A/F2B - Science & Technology4-6
F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills3-4
F4 - Society & Connections3
F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past3
F6 - The Arts & Creativity3
F7 - Global Studies & Diversity3
F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)9
Total Hours31-37

Curriculum Requirements

GEF 1, 4, 5, 6, and 718
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture (preferred)1
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
MATH 150Applied Calculus (or higher (GEF 3)3
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Statistical Inference
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
Required Courses
AGBI 410Introductory Biochemistry3
AGRN 202Principles of Soil Science3
AGRN 203Principles of Soil Science Laboratory1
CHEM 233Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 235Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
CHEM 234Organic Chemistry3
CHEM 236Organic Chemistry Laboratory1
AEM 341General Microbiology4
AEM 401Environmental Microbiology (fulfills Capstone & Writing and Communication Skills requirements)4
GEN 371Principles of Genetics4
PHYS 101Introductory Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 102Introductory Physics (GEF 8)4
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science4
PPTH 401General Plant Pathology4
Restricted Electives (minimum of 18 hours)18
Animal Biotechnology
Introduction to Virology
Immunology
Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Microbial Symbiosis
Applied Water Microbiology
Soil Microbiology
Food Microbiology
Food Microbiology Lab
Independent Study
Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Environmental Impact Assessment
Nematology
Forest Pest Management
Mycology
Free Electives26
Total Hours120

Suggested Plan of Study

First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGRL 1111CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4PLSC 2064
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3STAT 2113
MATH 150 (GEF 3)3GEF 53
GEF 43Free Elective1
 14 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGRN 2023AEM 3414
AGRN 2031PHYS 102 (GEF 8)4
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 73
PHYS 101 (GEF 8)4Free Elective4
GEF 3 
 14 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
4
Restricted Electives6AEM 4014
Free Elective6Restricted Electives3
 Free Elective3
 16 14
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGBI 4103GEN 3714
PPTH 4014Restricted Elective3
Restricted Electives6Free Electives9
Free Elective3 
 16 16
Total credit hours: 120

Major Learning Goals

applied environmental Microbiology

The learning outcomes of the applied and environmental microbiology are centered on establishing well-rounded individuals that can solve real world problems and seize opportunities as they relate to environmental, food, water, and soil microbiology. Students will be able to take on leadership functions in a variety of careers, manage laboratories, and have a foundational knowledge of genetics, biochemistry, plant pathology, food science, soil and water science that prepares them for graduate programs.

Upon completion of the major the students should be able to:

  • Communicate effectively about microorganisms and their impact in and on the environment.
  • Isolate and identify microorganisms from a variety of environments.
  • Use a variety of methods to determine nutritional strategies and physiology of microorganisms.
  • Determine and consult on the cause, and propose solutions for, problems involving microorganisms.
  • Assist in managing medical and environmental laboratories and consulting services that diagnose and solve microbiological problems and develop opportunities in microbiology.

Accelerated BS/MS Applied Environmental Microbiology

Curriculum Requirements

GEF 1, 4, 5, 6, and 718
AGRL 111Professions in Agriculture1
CHEM 115Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 2)4
CHEM 116Fundamentals of Chemistry (GEF 8)4
MATH 150Applied Calculus (GEF 3)3
Select one of the following:3
Elementary Business and Economics Statistics
Elementary Statistical Inference
Required Courses
AGBI 410Introductory Biochemistry3
AGRN 202Principles of Soil Science3
AGRN 203Principles of Soil Science Laboratory1
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
CHEM 234
CHEM 236
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
4
AEM 341General Microbiology4
AEM 401Environmental Microbiology4
GEN 371Principles of Genetics4
PHYS 101Introductory Physics (GEF 8)4
PHYS 102Introductory Physics (GEF 8)4
PLSC 206Principles of Plant Science4
PPTH 401General Plant Pathology4
Restricted Electives 18
Animal Biotechnology
Introduction to Virology
Immunology
Evolution of Infectious Diseases
Microbial Symbiosis
Applied Water Microbiology
Soil Microbiology
Food Microbiology
Food Microbiology Lab
Independent Study
Environmental Sampling and Analysis
Environmental Impact Assessment
Forest Pest Management
Free Electives 14
Total Hours108
First Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGRL 1111CHEM 116 (GEF 8)4
CHEM 115 (GEF 2)4PLSC 2064
ENGL 101 (GEF 1)3STAT 211 (GEF 8)3
MATH 150 (GEF 3)3Free Electives4
Free Elective3 
 14 15
Second Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGRN 202
AGRN 203
4AEM 3414
CHEM 233
CHEM 235
4CHEM 234
CHEM 236
4
ENGL 102 (GEF 1)3GEF 53
GEF 43Free Electives 4
Free Elective3 
 17 15
Third Year
FallHoursSpringHours
PHYS 101 (GEF 8)4PHYS 102 (GEF 8)4
PPTH 4014Restricted Electives 9
Restricted Elective3GEF 73
GEF 63 
 14 16
Fourth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
AGBI 4103AEM 4014
GEN 3714Graduate Course 33
Restricted Elective3Graduate Course 43
Graduate Course 13Restricted Elective3
Graduate Course 23 
 16 13
Fifth Year
FallHoursSpringHours
Graduate Elective12Graduate Electives12
 12 12
Total credit hours: 144

NOTE: See Graduate Catalog for Master's degree requirements (M.S. in Applied Environmental Microbiology, Accelerated Program).

Courses

AEM 293A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AEM 298A-Z. Honors. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Students in Honors Program and consent by the honors director. Independent reading, study, or research.

AEM 341. General Microbiology. 4 Hours.

PR: CHEM 115. Introductory morphological, cultural, and physiological characteristics of microorganisms; application of microbiology to agriculture, home economics, and health.

AEM 393A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AEM 401. Environmental Microbiology. 4 Hours.

PR: AEM 341 or Consent. Microbiology as applied to soil, water, wastewater, sewage, air, and the general environment. Occurrence, distribution, ecology, and detection of microorganisms in these environments. (Also listed as ENVP 401.).

AEM 408. Applied Water Microbiology. 3 Hours.

PR: AEM 341. Microbiology and health hazards associated with surface and ground water intended for consumption, recreation, waste disposal, and agriculture/industry applications.

AEM 420. Soil Microbiology. 3 Hours.

PR: AEM 341. Microbiology and biochemistry of the soil environment. Occurrence, distribution, ecology, and detection of micro-organisms in soil. (Also listed as AGRN 420 and ENVP 420.).

AEM 445. Food Microbiology. 3 Hours.

PR: AEM 341. The relationships of microorganisms to food-borne illness and intoxications, microbial food safety and food quality, food spoilage, food preservation and bio-processing. The emerging food preservation and technologies and predictive microbiology will be introduced.

AEM 449. Food Microbiology Lab. 1 Hour.

PR: AEM 445. Laboratory training in methods used in microbiological examination of foods. This laboratory will provide hands-on experience for students who take or have taken AEM 445.

AEM 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.

AEM 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.

PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.

AEM 492A-Z. Directed Study. 1-3 Hours.

Directed study, reading, and/or research.

AEM 493A-Z. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.

PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.

AEM 494A-Z. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.

AEM 495. Independent Study. 1-6 Hours.

Faculty supervised study of topics not available through regular course offerings.

AEM 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.

PR: Consent.

AEM 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.

Independent research projects.