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Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology San Francisco State University




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Course info


The student may select courses emphasizing general microbiology or medical microbiology. The selection of an appropriate program not only prepares the student for careers in research, industry, public health, clinical laboratory, or state or federal service but also provides the basis for post-graduate study, which may lead to the Master of Arts in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology.

For students interested in applying to Clinical Laboratory Science programs, it is recommended that they complete the B.S. in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology, which has been modified to meet most of the requirements for the discontinued Clinical Science degree (Clinical Science Track). Students should meet with their Microbiology Major Advisor to discuss the specifics of this modified degree.

Core Competencies

  • Understanding the Process of Science: Students will demonstrate how a theory is supported or can be rejected based on data from experiments.
  • Quantitative Reasoning: Students will be able to create graphs and perform simple statistical tests to determine whether or not differences between groups are significant.
  • Relationship Between Science and Society: Students will be able to explain a biological process or phenomenon as it relates to a societal issue.

Core Concepts

  • Evolution: Students will be able to understand the fundamental concepts of evolution, role of selective pressures, how genes change
  • Relationship Between Structure and Function: Students will be able to describe how variation in the structure of an organ in a plant or animal contributes to variation in its function
  • Information Flow and Storage: Students will be able to explain the transmission of heritable traits

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Science in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$16,944.00 (12,41,985) per year


23-Aug-21, 24-Jan-22


College of Science and Engineering

Thornton Hall (TH) 323,

1600 Holloway Avenue,



94132, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Complete a secondary/high school curriculum that totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, be qualified to enter a university in your home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school. Have a 2.5 grade point average (GPA) in the 4.0 grading scale or B- average in academic courses completed after 9th grade.

TOEFL score of at least 61, IELTS score of at least 6.0 or PTE score of at least 45 is required.

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.


Here are some scholarship that are available at San Francisco State University.

Estuary and Ocean Science Scholarship

Value of scholarship

Up to USD $2,000

Application details:

For further information, please contact the university website

Eligibility requirements:

The Estuary and Ocean Science Scholarship supports graduate student success in marine and coastal research and science engagement.
1) 1st, 2nd or 3rd year in a graduate degree program conducting research focused on topics in marine and coastal science who are mentored by faculty based at the Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center.
2) Must have logged at least 15 hours of volunteer work with the Educational Outreach Coordinator for conducting science engagement work with EOS Center science outreach programs.
Major: Multiple: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Geography, Earth and Climate Sciences, Engineering, Environmental Studies, Environmental Science, Marine Science-MS, Interdisciplinary Marine & Estuarine Sciences – MS, Geosciences – MS, Geographic Information Science – MS

Who can apply:

All international

Boundaries of Life Scholarship

Value of scholarship

5,13,096 total value

Application details:

For further information, please contact the university website.

Eligibility requirements:

For three graduate students to pursue degrees with projects of pertinence to the origins of life.
1) Students are selected from the pool of graduate school applicants to the Dept. of Biology.
2) Students must complete an Academic Works General Application in order to be auto-matched to the scholarship.
3) Students must be in good standing and are productive with the work they are doing.
4) Scholarship is for educational expenses.
Major: Biology (All fields)

Who can apply:

All international

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