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This major provides a broad foundation in science, with emphasis in microbiology. The program also provides the basis for professional studies, such as medicine, dentistry, or forensic or clinical laboratory science. Elective microbiology courses are organized by interest group -- cell and molecular biology, immunology and medical microbiology, microbe biology and microbial biotechnology -- with students selecting a set of electives according to their interests. 

Upon completion of the program, 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 in microbiology pursue careers in a range of industries, excelling in jobs that demand deep knowledge of science and technology. 

Alumni work at: 

  • Biotechnology companies
  • County, state and federal agencies
  • Clinical reference laboratories
  • Environmental and pollution control companies
  • Food processing and dairy industries
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Veterinary schools

Alumni work as: 

  • Anatomic pathologists
  • Clinical microbiologists
  • Food scientists and technologists
  • Laboratory analysts
  • Medical researchers
  • Microbiologists
  • Quality control mangers/technicians

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