All of our undergraduate courses are taught by full-time, departmental teaching faculty. Many of our teaching faculty have received awards for their high quality, innovative teaching methods, and many are recognized leaders in laboratory research.
Degree requirements include courses from the All University Core Curriculum (AUCC), supporting courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biochemistry, and biological science, and microbiology courses, including hands-on microbiology lab classes. Students may also elect to complete coursework in several related interdisciplinary study programs, including Biotechnology, Food Science/Safety, and Molecular Biology , and Biomedical Engineering.
Undergraduate Research Opportunities
The department operates a number of multi-million dollar research programs. Students may participate in undergraduate research, working alongside world-renowned researchers in our departmental laboratories.
Academic advisers help each student tailor a program to meet his or her specific goals by adding majors and minors, participating in an Interdisciplinary or Study Abroad program of study, or earning credit for undergraduate laboratory research.
A variety of career avenues are open to graduates with a degree in microbiology. A microbiology degree provides excellent preparation for entry into graduate or professional medical programs, as well as direct entry into a career. Employment opportunities exist in research, biotechnology/industry, diagnostic/clinical, and government positions.