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Environmental Biology - Microbiology

An MSU student wearing a white lab coat studies environmental microbiology using lab equipment.

The environmental biology - microbiology program is designed to prepare students for work and study in all aspects of the environment, especially those relating to environmental protection and remediation. It also prepares students for advanced study in environmental science, microbiology or other biological sciences, as well as some professional programs.

Graduates may apply for certification with the National Registry of Microbiologists of the American Society for Microbiology.

Students may also complete this major through Lyman Briggs College.


Graduates pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of the environment, biology and technology. 

Alumni work at: 

  • Clinical reference laboratories
  • County, state and federal agencies
  • High schools and middle schools
  • Laboratories
  • Medical schools
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Vaccine companies

Alumni work as: 

  • Biological technicians
  • Food scientists and technologists
  • Quality-control analysts
  • Veterinarians
  • Epidemiologists
  • Molecular and cellular biologists
  • Environmental restoration planners

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