Microbiology

 

Undergraduate Certificate | Microbiology

Program Format:   
Entrance Exam: Not required

The University Certificate in Microbiology offers students the opportunity to further their understanding of microorganisms and the roles they play in the world in which we live. The intended audience of this certificate includes degree-seeking undergraduate students at institutions where a microbiology major or minor is not available, and non-degree students seeking additional experience in microbiology for career advancement or to enhance their applications to professional, graduate, or allied health schools. This certificate may also improve the ability of K-12 science teachers to compete for positions or teach more effectively. Finally, this certificate provides an in-depth understanding of microbiology for those interested out of personal satisfaction.

Eligibility

Students apply by submitting their academic record and a letter of interest. Admission to the program is not required to take certificate courses. The requirements for admission are:

  • A high school diploma (or equivalent);
  • Completion of high-school-level chemistry and biology;
  • Completion of college-level organic chemistry and either genetics or biochemistry courses (required as prerequisites for upper-level certificate courses) OR current enrollment in a program offering these courses OR other access to these courses;
  • Degree-seeking students at NC State University are not eligible (these students should enroll in the microbiology minor);
  • Students who have completed or are currently enrolled in a microbiology degree program (including a minor) are not eligible.

Cost

This 12-credit post-baccalaureate program includes four three-credit undergraduate courses. At 2019-20 tuition rates, the cost of these courses is $237 per credit for North Carolina residents and $916 per credit for non-residents. Thus, the total estimated cost for the program is $2,844 for North Carolina residents and $10,992 for non-residents. See Online and Distance Education Tuition and Fees for cost details.

Plan of Study

The certificate requires 12 credit hours. Students pursuing university certificate programs are considered non-degree studies (NDS) students for the purpose of university registration. Because MB 351 General Microbiology is a prerequisite for MB 411 Medical Microbiology, which in turn is a prerequisite for MB 451 Microbial Diversity, this program will take a minimum of 3 semesters to complete if all courses are taken at NC State University.

The Microbiology Certificate requires 12 undergraduate credit hours, as follows:

Required courses - 9 credits required

MB 351 - General Microbiology

Units: 3

Rigorous introduction to basic principles of microbiology for students in biological and agricultural sciences and for all students planning to take further courses in microbiology.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

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MB 411 - Medical Microbiology

Units: 3

Comprehensive study of microbial pathogenesis and mammalian host resistance. Diagnosis, prevention, and therapy of common human diseases of microbial origin.

Offered in Fall and Spring

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2019 Fall Term 2020 Spring Term

MB 451 - Microbial Diversity

Units: 3

Molecular, biochemical, and evolutionary diversity of the microbial world, including Bacteria, Archaea, and Eukaryotes. Evolutionary perspective on microbial relationships, molecular methods of study and classical and modern biotechnological methods utilizing this genetic diversity to explore the microbial world and use the resulting insight to meet the needs of our own species.

Offered in Spring Only

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Elective Course - 3 credits required

MB 200 - Microbiology and World Affairs

Units: 3

An integrated and comprehensive study of the microbial world and its influence on global events and human affairs.

GEP: Natural Sciences

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

MB 352 - General Microbiology Laboratory

Units: 1

Laboratory experience in general microbiology. Aseptic technique, isolation and identification of bacteria, staining and microscopy. Enumeration of bacteria and viruses. Students who have completed either MB [BEC] 320 or MB 354 may not take this course for credit.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

MB 354 - Inquiry-Guided Microbiology Lab

Units: 1

Inquiry-guided laboratory experience in general microbiology, for microbiology majors and honors students, and those desiring a more rigorous exposure to this topic. Aseptic technique, isolation and identification of bacteria, staining and microscopy, and Koch's postulates. Restricted to microbiology majors and honor's students. Others require departmental permission. Credit is not allowed for both MB 354 and either Mb 320 or MB 352.

Offered in Fall and Spring

MB 360 - Scientific Inquiry in Microbiology: At the Bench

Units: 3

Scientific questions, controls and variables, designing, preparing for and carrying out experiments, keeping a notebook, interpreting results, and presenting their findings: i.e. the pragmatic things a student must know in order to work efficiently in a research lab regardless of the discipline. Prior or current enrollment in MB 352 or MB 354 recommended.

Offered in Fall Only

TERM: Offered in Fall Only

MB 492 - External Learning Experience

Units: 1 - 6

A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes facilities and resources which are external to the campus. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

MB 493 - Special Problems in Microbiology

Units: 1 - 6

A learning experience in agriculture and life sciences within an academic framework that utilizes campus facilities and resources. Contact and arrangements with prospective employers must be initiated by student and approved by a faculty adviser, the prospective employer, the departmental teaching coordinator and the academic dean prior to the experience.

Offered in Fall Spring Summer

Another option for the Elective Course requirement is MB 4XX (any 400-level microbiology course), with prior program approval.
Prerequisites are required for some courses.
At least 9 credits counted toward the certificate must be taken at NC State University. A grade of C- or better ("S" is allowed only in MB 492 or MB 493) is required in all required and elective courses.
An overall 2.0 or greater GPA in coursework taken to complete the certificate is required.
Entry Semester Application Deadlines and Details
FallAugust 14, 2020
SpringJanuary 2, 2020
SummerMay 11, 2020

Dr. Melissa Ramirez

Program Coordinator

College of Sciences

919.513.3309
mvramire@ncsu.edu