In the B.S. in Microbiology, students study basic life processes of viruses, bacteria and archaea, their genetics, biochemistry, structures, and reproduction. Advanced courses in Immunology, Microbial Diversity, Metabolic Regulation and Virology are offered. Applied areas such as biotechnology, food, and medical microbiology may also be studied. Research and other work experience opportunities are available in the program and surrounding private and government laboratories. Microbiology is an appropriate major for students interested in medicine, dentistry and other health professions as well as careers in research, production, regulatory affairs and scientific sales. Many Microbiology majors choose to obtain minors in Biotechnology, Genetics, Biotechnology, or Biomanufacturing.


Microbial Biotechnology


The Microbial Biotechnology concentration is designed for students who wish to enter the workforce in the biotechnology or biomanufacturing industry after graduation. Many Microbial Biotechnology students will choose to minor in Biotechnology (BIT) or Biomanufacturing (BEC).

Microbial Health Science


The Microbial Health Sciences concentration is designed for students who wish to enroll in health-related post-graduate programs, such as medical, PA, dental, veterinary, or pharmacy schools.

Microbial Research


The Microbial Research concentration is designed for students who wish to continue their education in research-oriented Ph.D. or M.S. graduate programs.



A minor in Microbiology is available to undergraduates majoring in any field, but may be especially appropriate for students in biological or agricultural sciences, physical sciences or science education. This minor will be useful to students who want to strengthen their understanding of either basic cellular processes or applied areas such as the role of microorganisms in industry, agriculture or health.


Dr. Jonathan Olson
Director of Microbiology Undergraduate Programs
Associate Professor of Microbiology
4544 Thomas Hall