Public Health and Microbiology | AUM

Public Health and Microbiology

Program Description

The Public Health and Microbiology concentration includes studies in microbial pathogenesis, principles of public health, epidemiology, molecular genetics, virology, and environmental and industrial microbial processes. This concentration prepares students for technical work or graduate school in microbial disease systems using polymerase chain reaction, other molecular diagnostic tools, as well as environmental and industrial applications of microbial systems.

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Biology Department
Auburn University at Montgomery
Goodwyn Hall 301

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Public Health and Microbiology major includes:

Required Courses

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

BIOL 3253


An introduction to the techniques used in studying the transmission, incidence, and frequency of disease occurrence in populations.

BIOL 4033


The molecular biology of bacterial and animal viruses; pathogenesis; diagnosis; and procedures for isolation, cultivation and purification. This course includes a required laboratory component. Prerequisite BIOL 2010, BIOL 2011, or BIOL 3010, BIOL 3011 and BIOL 3303.

BIOL 4053

Industrial Microbiology

Lectures and laboratory exercises on the principles and practices of industrial processes involving microorganisms with emphasis on microbial biotechnology. 


Biology electives

16 semester hours of Biology Elective component.

CHEM 3300/3301


A standard biochemistry course for students in the health and physical sciences. Emphasis on the major biomolecules and basic metabolism. Prerequisite CHEM 2300 or CHEM 3100 and CHEM 3101.