4-year Degree in Microbiology

This program page is for current students (enrolled prior to Fall 2010) in the B.S. in Microbiology.  If you are interested in the  area of Microbiology (emphasis in medical aspects), please go to our new academic program at: Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology option or have an interest in Microbiology (emphasis in genetics), see Genetics.

The program is designed to accommodate the diverse interests of students and facilitates those who transfer in after freshman year. The laboratory setting is the predominate classroom where students learn sterile tissue culture techniques, micro research techniques; from basic microscopy and selective bacterial cultures, to gel electrophoresis for the study of proteins and DNA, as well as many analytical tests used currently in industrial and health-care settings. Highly developed lab skills are critical for microbiology students so they may safely study pathogens in virology, pathogenics and water pollution. Many microbiology-related courses are offered in other programs including animal sciences, biochemistry, plant biology, civil engineering, zoology, or medical laboratory science and do require permission from the student’s advisor.

The options for graduates are vast. The curriculum prepares students for entry into professional programs such as Medical, Dental, Veterinary school. It prepares students to pursue graduate education in the biological sciences, biomedicine, or biotechnology, or to pursue a degree in business, including the M.B.A., for careers in hospital administration or diagnostic laboratory management. Many students enter the workforce directly after graduation, in private, federal or academic biomedical or biotechnology labs.


Honors in microbiology will be awarded to students who complete 16 credits of honors courses in microbiology (including a minimum of four credits in a senior research project), and who maintain a minimum grade-point average of 3.20 in the major. Students interested in the microbiology honors program should apply to the department before their junior year.


Students may obtain a minor in microbiology by successfully completing BMS 503 and four additional departmental courses totaling a minimum of 20 credits at the 600 or 700 level. Students must receive a minimum grade of C in major requirements taught in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (e.g., microbiology, biology, or biochemistry). BMCB 658/659 may be substituted for one of these courses. A maximum of 4 credits of Problems in Microbiology may be applied to the minor.