Description of the major
Microbiology is the science of the simple forms of life and of the response of more complex life forms to their presence and activities. Students in the Microbiology major complete a comprehensive study of life processes at the molecular and cellular level, with particular emphasis on prokaryotes, and perform basic and advanced techniques in laboratory methodology. Through advanced course study, the many subdisciplines of microbiology such as molecular genetics, immunology, and virology may be explored more fully. Ample opportunities exist for participation in faculty-initiated research projects. Extensive laboratory experience is a particular strength of the major. Courses in such applied areas as industrial, medical, and food microbiology help students prepare for careers in the pharmaceutical, biotechnical, and agricultural industries.