Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, including viruses, bacteria, archaea, fungi, and protists. Microorganisms are important for both the good that they do (nutrient cycling, production of antibiotics, bioremediation, food production) and the bad (food poisoning, infectious diseases, epidemics, pandemics). Our programs provide intensive training in modern microbiology, including cutting-edge research in genomics and genetic engineering.

Microbiologists pursue careers in many fields, including agricultural, environmental, food, and industrial microbiology, as well as, public health, resource management, basic research, education, and pharmaceuticals. The Microbiology undergraduate major incorporates course requirements expected for admission to medical, dental, and other health-professional schools, and to graduate schools in microbiology, molecular biology, biochemistry, and related disciplines. A graduate degree in Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology (MCDB) is also offered.