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Online Microbiology Degree

Microbiology & Cell Science Online B.S. Degree

The Department of Microbiology and Cell Science offers a B.S. degree online through the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The curriculum supplies students with a strong basic science foundation, which will allow for professional careers in microbiology, or help prepare students for a future application to professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary science, or graduate school. In addition, the coursework will also meet the prerequisite requirements for most professional school programs in the United States.

With an enrollment of approximately 1,000 undergraduate majors, we are one of the largest undergraduate science programs at the University of Florida, and the largest microbiology program in the country. The same professional faculty that instructs for the on-campus program are responsible for teaching all online departmental lecture courses, allowing distance students to enjoy the same respected and rigorous education as our on-campus cohort. Academically qualified students with interests in research are encouraged to participate in faculty research programs through the Undergraduate Research course.

The faculty's research programs span areas of broad interest in the cellular and molecular aspects bacterial, plant and animal life functions. Departmental areas of research include:

  • Microbial physiology, metabolism and regulation
  • Molecular biology
  • Molecular genetics
  • Immunology
  • Virology
  • Host-pathogen interactions
  • Cellular ultrastructure
  • Environmental microbiology

Support for the programs scholarships and research experiences provided by the National Science Foundation.

National Science Foundation: Where Discoveries Begin

Award Name: A STEP Up for the Life Sciences: Strengthening a Research University/Minority-serving Community College Partnership
Development of a Distance Education Program by a Land-Grant University Augments the 2-Year to 4-Year STEM Pipeline and Increases Diversity in STEM by Dr. Eric Triplett and Dr. Jennifer Drew
Award ID: DUE-1161177
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How much does it cost?

University of Florida’s tuition and fees are the lowest among public universities that are members of the American Association of Universities (AAU). SmartMoney published an article in 2011 titled “Colleges That Help Grads Get Top Salaries.” The article ranked UF as third overall.

Tuition rates for all University of Florida students are subject to change each fall semester. The UF Online program is delivered to students at a special rate determined by UF Online. 

Student Admission Criteria

The Microbiology and Cell Science program is a “2 + 2” program; you may apply to the University of Florida as a transfer student for your junior/senior year if you:

  • Earn an associate of arts degree with a minimum 2.0 GPA (as calculated by UF) or 60 transferable hours for students transferring from private institutions, four-year institutions or institutions outside of Florida. Vocational coursework is not accepted.
  • Follow an approved general education program of at least 36 semester hours.
  • Complete two years of sequential high school foreign language courses or 8-10 hours of sequential college-level foreign language courses (or documentation of an equivalent level of proficiency).
  • A transcript from each institution attended, regardless of length of attendance or credit earned. Additional transcripts are required as soon as they are available for any work completed after applying to UF.
  • A minimum C average, as computed by the university. Any student who has failed to maintain a 2.0 GPA at another institution after completing the AA degree is not eligible for admission.
  • Regardless of the average earned, courses completed at other institutions must parallel the curriculum at UF.

    A GPA of at least 2.5 is required when averaging all attempts at these courses.

    UF Course Number State College Course Equivalent Course Description
    MAC 2311 MAC 2311 Calculus with Analytical Geometry
    CHM 2045 CHM 2045
    CHM 1045
    CHM 1040
    CHM 1041
    General Chemistry 1
    CHM 2045L CHM 2045 L
    CHM 1045 L
    CHM 1040 L
    CHM 1041 L
    General Chemistry 1 Lab
    CHM 2046 CHM 2046
    CHM 1046
    General Chemistry 2
    CHM 2046L CHM 2046 L
    CHM 1046 L
    General Chemistry 2 Lab
    BSC 2010 BSC 2010
    BSC 1010
    Integrated Principles Of Biology 1
    BSC 2010 L BSC 2010 L
    BSC 1010 L
    Integrated Principles of Biology 1 Lab
    BSC 2011 BSC 2011
    BSC 1011
    Integrated Principles Of Biology 2
    BSC 2011L BSC 2011 L
    BSC 1011 L
    Integrated Principles of Biology 2 Lab

    It is strongly recommended that students take Organic Chemistry 1 and 2 with labs (CHM 2210, CHM 2211, and CHM 2211L) prior to beginning the 2+2 transfer program, but it is possible to take these classes as a transient student at any accredited institution of higher education after acceptance in the University of Florida.

    Please note, this admission advice is based on the University of Florida transfer guidelines, but please refer to for any concerns or transfer credit evaluation policies.

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The Department of Microbiology & Cell Science provides personalized advising services to all online students. Our advisers can answer questions during the application process, can answer questions about the required prerequisites, and will help you to plan your course of study throughout the program.

The primary academic adviser for the distance education Microbiology & Cell Science Bachelor of Science degree is:
☎ (352)-294-7584
University of Florida
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Mailing address
Department of Microbiology and Cell Science
P.O. Box 110700
Gainesville, FL 32611-0700