Welcome to Microbiology at NC State University!

Orientation and Registration Information for Freshmen

The required credit load (complete class schedule) for freshmen in their first semester is 15-17 credits. As students in Microbiology, you will be placed into the following courses by Registration and Records. These are all required courses and you should not drop any of them without your academic adviser's (Dr. James W. Brown) consent :

         MB  103  Introductory Topics in Microbiology                                           (1 credit )
     BIO 181  Introductory Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity                    (4 credits)
     MA  131  Calculus for Life and Management Sciences A (or based on your math placement) (3 credits)
     CH  101  Chemistry - A Molecular Science                                               (3 credits)
     CH  102  General Chemistry Laboratory                                                  (1 credit )

In addition, you may be enrolled in ENG 101 or ENG 100 (depending on your SAT scores) for Fall. If not, you will be registered for this course in the Spring, Fall/Spring placement is by lottery.

     ENG 101  Academic Writing and Research (or ENG 100)(Lottery enrollment)                (4 credits)

You should plan to register for 15-17 credit hours. The above courses, if you get into all of them, constitutes a full load of courses, and so you might be all set. However, if you didn't get into ENG 101 for Fall, or have AP/TR credit for any of the above courses, you'll need to fill out your semester with other courses.

     Humanities/Social Sciences/Course(s) from GEP                                          (3 Credits)
     History (200 level only)                                                               (3 Credits)
     Health Exercise & Fitness (100 level only)                                             (1 Credit )

You probably already have your Foreign Language requirement fulfilled from High School, but if not you should plan to take the FL placement test during Orientation and add the appropriate class to fulfill (or begin to fulfill) this requirement.

If you have AP credit for CH 101/102, you might plan to register for the next class in the chemistry series, Organic Chemistry I:

     CH  221  Organic Chemistry I                                                           (3 Credits)
     CH  222  Organic Chemistry I Lab                                                       (1 Credit )

If you have AP credit for Calculus I and II (Congratulations!), you should consider taking Statistics:

     ST  311  Introduction to Statistics                                                    (3 credits)

If you have AP credit for Biology I and II, you should consider taking Physics:

     PY  211  College Physics I                                                             (4 credits)

Useful Information

Foreign students scoring below 590 on paper-based TOEFL or below 243 on computer-based TOEFL must take an English Placement Test (EPT) administered by the ESL section of the Department of Foreign Languages. Students with unsatisfactory scores may be required to enroll in specific Foreign Language English (FLE) courses. All International students will be required to take the undergraduate requirement FLE 101 or its equivalent ENG 101.

Proficiency at the FL 102 level in a modern or classical foreign language is required to graduate from NC State. Most students entering NCSU already have this requirement fulfilled from High School foreign language classes.

The Common General Education Plan (GEP) is required of all students for graduation, as specified in your degree audit. The following are some suggested courses, but keep in mind, availability of seats is not guaranteed.

     ANT 251   Physical Anthropology                    HI  216   Latin America Since 1826
ANT 252 Cultural Anthropology HI 233 The World in the 20th Century
ARS 253 Arts of NC State HI 251 Early American History
COM 110 Public Speaking HI 252 Modern American History COM 112 Interpersonal Communication IDS 201 Environmental Ethics
ENG 207 Studies in Poetry IDS 220 Coastal and Ocean Frontiers
ENG 209 Introduction to Shakespeare ENG 220 Great Works of Western Literature
MUS 180 Introduction to Musical Experiences ENG 223 Contemporary World Literature I
MUS 200 Understanding Music ENG 224 Contemporary World Literature II
PS 201 Introduction to U.S. Government PS 204 Problems of American Democracy
ENG 251 Major British Writers ENG 262 English Literature II
ENG 252 Major American Writers PS 231 International Politics
PSY 200 Introduction to Psychology ENG 265 American Literature I
PSY 201 Controversial Issues in Psychology ENG 266 American Literature II
SOC 202 Principles of Sociology ENT 203 Introduction to Honey Bees
SOC 203 Current Social Problems HA 203 History of American Art
SOC 204 Sociology of the Family SOC 206 Social Deviance

FYI courses offer first year students a small class experience in one of their general education courses. The faculty for these classes are trained in active learning / critical-thinking skills. You can only experience these courses as a first year student! In Microbiology, we offer Phage Hunters - consider adding this great course to your first semester!

     MB (or BIT)  210 Phage Hunters (Fall) and MB (BIT) 211 Phage Genomics

If you were invited to join the University Honors Program and accepted this invitation, an Honors Seminar, has been added to your schedule. If you were invited, we strongly encourage you to participate.

If you were invited and wish to join the University Scholars Program, HSS 110 the Scholars Forum, has been added to your schedule. If you were invited, we strongly encourage you to participate.

If you have taken an AP exam, make sure your scores were sent to NC State. Your scores may require changes in your fall class schedule. You should contact your Academic Adviser immediately to discuss changes that may need to be made to your schedule. All scores and credits are available to your Academic Adviser.

Colleges and universities are discovering that students get more out of their college experience if they truly connect with their campus. Summer readings can help jump-start those connections. The summer reading for all entering students this year is It Happened on the Way to War by Rye Barcott. Read the book and talk about it with your family and friends. You'll be discussing it with your fellow students and instructor in MB 103.

Some high school students may have taken college courses before they entered NC State. Tell your Academic Adviser if you have any transfer credits that might affect your course selection. It is important to verify the course equivalencies that can be done on the website listed above. In order for the course to be a part of your NC State academic record it is your responsibility to have the transcript sent to the following address:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
NC State University
CB 7103
Raleigh, NC 27695-7103

Reference Information

Contact Information

James W. Brown
Associate Professor and Director of Microbiology Undergraudate Programs
4550 Thomas Hall, Campus Box 7615
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695
(919) 515-8803 (office)
(919) 749-3172 (cell/text)
james_brown@ncsu.edu (the best way to contact me)