Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences Microbiology and Infectious Disease Concentration

Examine the structure and function of microorganisms—bacteria, fungi, prions, protozoa, and viruses—and their influence on health and disease. Engage in elective courses and laboratory research in bacteriology, immunology, mycobacterial diseases, prion biology, vector-borne infectious disease, and virology.

Our program is changing

Students entering in Fall 2020 can declare a major in biomedical sciences with a concentration. Students who declared a major in microbiology, environmental health, or biomedical sciences for Spring 2020 or earlier, please contact your academic advisor for current program information.

Program Highlights

  • Small program size allows individual attention from faculty members, academic advisors, and career counselors

  • Undergraduate Research Fellowship program helps place students in research labs

  • First step on the way to a career in brewing science

  • Opportunities for student involvement focused on leadership, community service, social interaction, and career exploration

Research Opportunities

More than 70 percent of our microbiology students conduct research in faculty laboratories, focusing on understanding the pathology, improving the diagnostics, and developing more effective treatments, vaccines and cures for internationally important infectious diseases. Paid on-campus student research opportunities are posted through RAMweb ​under the Student Employment tab.

Students have the opportunity to participate in real-world, hypothesis-driven scientific learning through course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE). The CURE lab in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology offers teaching and training on a variety of topics, including developing novel antibiotic screens against Mycobacteria avium.

Career Opportunities

Many of our microbiology students pursue further education in graduate programs and professional degree programs. Our graduates work in fields that help diagnose, prevent, and treat infectious disease that threaten human and animal health worldwide.

  • Bacteriology
  • Biodefense
  • Pharmacist
  • Disease Diagnostics
  • Food and Beverage Industries
  • Laboratory Careers
  • Public Health
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Human Medicine
  • Science Teaching
  • Biotechnology

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