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Department of Health Sciences

College of Public Health

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology
Connor Bartow, 2017 Alumnus

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

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The purpose of a Microbiology major is to produce graduates with a fundamental knowledge of the major fields of microbiology. Graduates with a Microbiology degree are qualified to be employed as technicians in academic or industrial research laboratories or pursue advanced degrees in graduate or professional schools.

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, viruses, archaea, fungi and protozoa. This discipline includes fundamental research on the biochemistry, physiology, cell biology, ecology, evolution and clinical aspects of microorganisms, including the host response to these agents.  (Nature, 2019)

Honors in discipline is available for this program.

Dara Young, M.Ed

Dara Young
Academic Advising Coordinator for Microbiology

423-439-4458 /  
Room 51H Lamb Hall
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Of 194 known graduates since May 2016, 19% are currently employed, 1% joined the Peace Corps, 12% are currently applying to graduate and professional school, and 68% have been accepted to graduate or professional school.


Of those accepted into graduate and professional school, 31% pursued graduate school or additional education, 4% dental school, 24% medical school, 17% pharmacy, 17% physician assistant, and 7% physical/occupational therapy or speech/language pathology.

Employment of microbiologists is projected to grow 5 percent from 2018 to 2028, about as fast as the average for all occupations. More microbiologists will be needed to contribute to basic research, solve problems encountered in industrial production processes, and monitor environmental conditions to ensure public health and safety.

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