Mission and Goals

Culture plates
 Psychrophilic algae
 Broth cultures
 A gloved hand reaches toward the incinerator, labeled 'Caution Hot'
Fluorescent bacteria
 Microbes infecting cells
 Fluorescent viruses
 Antarctic research
Goldwater scholar at work in the lab

The mission of the Department of Microbiology is to educate and train students in the discipline of Microbiology and to expand the body of knowledge of this scientific field through research. The specific goals of the Department are to:

  1. offer courses within Miami's liberal education program to enhance the intellectual foundation and preparation of students for life in a complex, dynamic technological world;
  2. offer undergraduate majors in Microbiology (MBI) and Medical Laboratory Science (MLS), and partner with other departments to offer minors in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, to prepare students for professional schools, graduate education, for careers in clinical microbiology, and for careers in basic, environmental and biomedical research;
  3. prepare graduate students (M.S. and Ph.D.) with in-depth knowledge and research skills for professional careers in Microbiology;
  4. enhance opportunities for research and scholarship for faculty members as well as undergraduate and graduate students;
  5. preserve, add to, evaluate, and transmit knowledge in the field of Microbiology; and
  6. serve society by promoting science in Ohio's schools.