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Students majoring in microbiology at Iowa State University will take core courses recommended by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). These courses and labs include general microbiology, medical microbiology, microbial genetics, physiology and diversity.  Students choose specialized upper level courses in either immunology, virology, parasitology, food microbiology, environmental microbiology or a combination of advanced courses to complete their degree.

Microbiology Program of Study

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Visit Soar in 4 to learn more about the ISU four year graduation guarantee. You can utilize the blank 4 year (XLS) plan to prepare a tentative schedule of courses. 

There are several electives built into the schedule. There are also approved College of Ag & Life Science (CALS) electives that qualify for the Humanities, Social Science, US Diversity, Ethics and International Perspective requirements.

  Approved CALS electives


The ISU Catalog has a brief description and prerequisites of course offerings. 

Micro 490

If you are planning to obtain Micro 490 credit by doing research for credit or assisting in a lab or classroom, please view the 490 A-B (PDF) for Research Experience and 490 C (PDF) for Learning Assistant contracts. The forms are not required but intended to be a guide to help you formulate a plan with your supervising instructor.