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Ohio University Majors

Microbiology Major

Program Overview

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, algae, and parasites.  This program provides the knowledge base and lab experience to prepare for a variety of careers in areas of biotechnology, human health (e.g., immunology, vaccines, antimicrobials, pharmaceuticals, food and water quality control), as well as microbial diversity and ecology.  Students in this program are encouraged to participate in research opportunities and clinical observation during their junior and senior years to prepare for a successful career in research and/or development.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Graduates are prepared for jobs in biotechnology and health industries, as well as further graduate studies in medicine, dentistry, optometry, public health, microbiology, or molecular biology.  With our increased understanding of the importance of both positive and negative effects of the microbiome on human health and the environment, career opportunities and outlook are very good.

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Academic Catalog

The academic catalog provides additional information about curriculum and courses for this major.
Academic catalog

Program Details

Degree: Bachelor of Science
Code: BS0411


College of Arts and Sciences 
Biological Sciences Department 
Irvine Hall 107
Fax: 740.593.0300

Administrative Contact

Robert Colvin, contact person

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