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.
Microbiologyis 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)
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.