The Department of Microbiology offers a wide range of academic opportunities. Our Microbiology majors (A.B. and B.S.) prepare students for careers in almost any field in medicine and biology. The curriculum provides opportunities to specialize in a variety of areas, Microbiology students Sarah Geiger, Lauren Misel and Andrew Wakefield present their research at the Undergraduate Research Forum including Biomedical Science, Microbial Ecology, Genetics & Bioinformatics, and Cellular & Molecular Biology. These degree options provide an excellent foundation for careers in microbiology, yet allow students to select courses that complement their interests.
In addition, the department offers the Medical Laboratory Science major, which leads to a B.S. degree. It includes a one-year (senior-level) clinical lab practicum in which students apply scientific background and skills to the performance and supervision of an expanding range of complex lab diagnostic and research activities. A variety of program options for degrees and clinical internships are available within the Medical Laboratory Science Major.
Beyond our undergraduate programs, we offer a variety of graduate degree programs. Students can earn M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology, or advanced degrees in the interdisciplinary Cell, Molecular, and Structural Biology (CMSB) and Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology (EEEB) programs.
The department also participates in two interdisciplinary minors, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology, each of which are available to Microbiology majors, as well as co-majors in Premedical Studies and Environmental Science. The co-majors provide extended study in specialized areas, and must accompany a major. Both Premedical Studies and Environmental Science fit well with majors in Microbiology, and yet provide their own perspective.
To help keep track of one's academic options, we have made available some online academic advising resources, as well as access to departmental advisors.