Miami Plan Offerings

Students wearing protective gear work in lab. One student holds up a specimen
Students presenting a poster
Exterior of Pearson Hall
Students listen as a professor lectures in the classroom
Microscope stage
A gloved hand is seen performing streaking tasks
A gloved hand is seen performing gram stain tasks
Gloved hands identify unknowns
Students bend over microscopes to view specimens

The Department of Microbiology offers foundation courses, thematic sequences and capstone experiences that can be used to fulfill parts of the Miami Plan.

Foundation Courses

Foundation Courses are introductory, and designed such that they emphasize the Four Principles of Liberal Education:

  • Thinking Critically,
  • Understanding Contexts,
  • Engaging with Other Learners, and
  • Reflecting and Acting.

Microbiology offers a variety of Foundation Courses, all of which fulfill Natural Science/Biological Science hours

Thematic Sequences

A Thematic Sequence is a series of related courses (usually three) that focuses on a theme or subject in a developmental way. Each course builds or expands upon knowledge or perspective gained from preceding courses, and some sequences prepare students for Capstone experiences. Our Thematic Sequences are in Molecular Genetics and in Biomedical Science. Note: Microbiology majors cannot use a Microbiology thematic sequence to satisfy the requirement.

Capstone Experiences

The Capstone Experience, completed during the senior year, integrates liberal learning with specialized knowledge. Each Capstone emphasizes sharing of ideas, synthesis, and critical, informed reflection as significant precursors to action, and each includes student initiative in defining and investigating problems or projects. Our Capstone Experiences combine either laboratory or library-based research with a seminar. Note: Microbiology majors can satisfy capstone requirements with any capstone offered by Miami University.

Advising Handbooks and Worksheets

These are available in the department office (212 Pearson Hall), and by email upon request.

  • Microbiology Programs Handbook (PDF 1.5MB)
  • B.S. in Microbiology
    Student/Advisor Worksheet (PDF 50KB)
  • A.B. in Microbiology
    Student/Advisor Worksheet (PDF 50KB)
  • B.S. in Medical Lab
    Science Student/Advisor Worksheet (PDF 50KB)
  • Minor in Molecular Biology
    Student/Advisor Worksheet (PDF 50KB)