Microbiology Major FAQs


Q: Who do I contact if I have a question about what courses will count as GECs for a B.S. degree in Microbiology?

A: Contact an ASC academic advisor (Denny Hall, 292-6961) 

Q:  I would like to change my major to Microbiology. How do I do that?

A: To officially switch your major to Microbiology, you will need to contact an ASC Academic Advisor in Denny Hall. You can contact the office at 614-292-6961

Q: Which elective microbiology courses should I take?

A: There are really no “right or wrong” courses to take. The elective courses you take will depend upon your interests. For example, if you are interested in how microbes are involved in the environment, you may wish to take Environmental Microbiology or Microbial Ecology. If you are involved in undergraduate research, your supervising professor may have some suggestions for you. NOTE: At least 3 semester hours of your electives MUST be from Group 1 elective courses. 

Q:  How do I schedule an appointment with an advisor in the microbiology department to discuss my major requirements?

A: You can contact the Microbiology Coordinating Advisor, Matthew DeBlieck, by email or call directly 614-292-6961

If you need to make an appointment with the Micro Major Honors Advisor, please contact directly at: ruiz.82@osu.edu or 614-292-3426

NOTE: You can get information concerning ASC Academic Advising at: http://ascadvising.osu.edu/advising

Q: I want to double major in microbiology and another program. How much overlap of courses can there be between my two majors?

A: For the most updated information, please contact the coordinating advisor, Matthew DeBlieck, directly.

Q: I have found a course I’d like to take that I think should count as an elective for my microbiology major. However, it is NOT on the list of Group 2 courses. How can I find out if that course will count as an elective?

A: You will need to submit the syllabus of the course to the Curriculum Committee of the Micro Dept. The Committee will then make a decision about whether the course can count toward your micro major. Contact the Micro Major Coordinating Advisor.