Is Microbiology right for you?

If you are interested in ecology, genetics, cellular, or molecular biology, you might want to explore one of the two degrees available in the field of Microbiology. Microbiologists study the way that microscopic organisms—bacteria, viruses, and fungi—function, evolve, and cause disease.

The Department of Biology offers the Bachelor of Arts in Microbiology (B.A.) and the Bachelor of Science in Microbiology (B.S.). The degree options begin similarly, making it easy to adjust your path as your interests develop. We also offer a Microbiology minor that is a valuable addition to many areas of study.

Preparing for a career in microbiology

Graduates of the Microbiology program are well situated for a wide range of careers in health-related professions, biological and medical research, and biotechnology fields—including pharmaceutical and biofuel development, laboratory quality control and diagnostics, public and public and global health, environmental and science policy, law and intellectual property, business, education, and science writing.

Students with the Microbiology B.S. degree are well prepared to apply to medical, dental, and optometry schools, or may wish to pursue graduate school to become microbiologists in a laboratory setting.

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