Undergraduate Degree Programs

Botany & Microbiology Undergraduate Degree Programs Programs for Academic Excellence

Research Opportunities

Both undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to conduct research projects under the guidance of major professors throughout the semester. More intensive research experience in specific laboratories is frequently available through summer assistantships.

Student Organizations
The O.U. Botanical Society is open to undergraduate and graduate students. The Society organizes field trips and holds several meetings throughout the semester on topics of general interest to which the public and University community are invited.

There is an American Society for Microbiology Student Chapter that meets on a monthly basis. The Society organizes field trips and holds several meetings throughout the semester on topics of general interest to which the public and University community are invited. Keep up to date with their activities on Facebook.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

The department has scholarships and assistantships available for academically outstanding students. Individuals with a 3.00 grade point average must apply or be recommended for these scholarships by April 1. Undergraduates must have completed their sophomore year of studies to be considered. Details can be obtained from the chairman of the department.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology 

Bachelor of Science in Plant Biology (Biotechnology Concentration)

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Standard)

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Professional)

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (Biotechnology Concentration)

 

Objectives of degree: The professional degree programs in plant biology and microbiology are designed to insure that the student is well prepared for postgraduate study in the life or medical sciences or to immediately accept professional employment in a variety of botanical or microbiological positions. Major requirements, though similar to those of the Bachelor of Science program, are greater in scope and rigor. The requirements for the professional degrees are as follows:


Plant Biology Requirements

Major:  Minimum of 32 hours of major work including PBIO 1114 and 4983 (capstone). Twenty-four (24) upper-division hours including at least one course from each of the 4 listed areas (see form online). At least two up per-division Plant Biology courses with laboratories are required (excluding capstone). A grade of C or better must be earned in each course presented for major credit and in the required supporting courses. BOT/ZOO/MBIO 1005 and MBIO 2815 will not be accepted for major credit.

At least 24 of the 32 hours must be from the Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology with microbiology credits being restricted to two upper-division courses. One semester of physics (2414 or equivalent), one course in statistics, biochemistry, or computer sci ence, or a second course in physics, five hours of organic chemistry including laboratory, Mathematics 1743 or equivalent, and Zoology 1114 are required. Recommended additional courses include: history or philosophy of science, geology or physical geography, intermediate-level courses in a modern language or Latin, computer science, biochemistry and evolution.

Minor:  Students majoring in other subjects may satisfy the minor requirements in botany by completing 15 hours of botany including no more than one 1000-level course and one 2000-level course. Students planning to teach science in secondary schools should follow the teacher certification (science) program. For details consult an adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences office.


Microbiology Requirements

Major:  A total of 35 hours of major work in microbiology is required. These courses must be included: 3815, 4833, 4843, 4845, 4853. One capstone course or two semesters of Senior Thesis: 4893 Capstone in Microbiology or 4950 Senior Thesis - Capstone, Laboratory Courses: 4813 Ecology & Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory and 4873 Microbial Physiology & Molecular Biology Laboratory. Additional requirements are Plant Biology 1114, or Zoology 1114 and Zoology 1121, one year of physics (2414 and 2424 or equivalent) and corresponding laboratory courses; Chemistry 1315, 1415, 3053, 3152, 3153, 3652, 3653, Mathematics 1743 and a course in statistics. A second course in biochemistry is also recommended.

Minor:  Students majoring in other subjects may satisfy the minor requirement in microbiology by completing 15 hours of microbiology including Microbiology 3815, and 4833 or 4843. Additional courses required as prerequisites are Plant Biology 1114 or Zoology 1114, Chemistry 1315 and 1415 or Chemistry 1425, and 3013 or 3053. Additional prerequisites may be required for specific elective microbiology courses. Students planning to teach science in secondary schools should follow the teacher certification (science) program. For details consult an adviser in the College of Arts and Sciences office.


For further information about undergraduate and graduate programs, please fill out our on-line form or mail your request for information to: Department of Microbiology and Plant Biology, The University of Oklahoma, 770 Van Vleet Oval, Norman, OK, 73019-0425, (405) 325-4321. The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. Disclaimer: These pages are believed to be correct, but student requirements are subject to change; students may also retain the right to graduate under rules in force when they started the program. Please contact an advisor for more details and the most current requirements.