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Microbiology encompasses the study of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasitic protozoa: organisms that inhabit every corner of our biosphere, and whose impact on human affairs, both positive and negative, is immense. Understanding the biology of microbes has important applications in biotechnology, medicine, public health, and ecology.


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Program Overview

The bachelor of science in microbiology provides a strong foundational preparation in genetics, biochemistry, physics, and mathematics. These courses in the field focus on critical thinking, research methods, and hands-on laboratory experience.

Students are provided with the foundational tools necessary to progress into subsequent graduate academic programs at the master's and doctorate levels in a variety of disciplines including microbiology, cell and molecular biology, genetics, and biochemistry.

The degree can also be tailored to meet the needs of students planning on entering into professional programs  medical, dental, or other health professions  after completion of their undergraduate degree.

Why Study Microbiology at Grand Valley?

  • Academic flexibility. The microbiology major fulfills the requirements of most graduate and professional schools.
  • Faculty attention. A majority of the courses are taught by experts with a doctorate in their respective fields.
  • Research experience. Students have opportunities to contribute to scientific research while receiving one-on-one mentoring.
  • Professional development. Many students travel to professional meetings with their faculty mentors to present research findings and meet other experts outside of Grand Valley.

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For More Information

Biomedical Sciences Department

gvsu.edu/bms
212 Henry Hall
(616) 331-3318

Admissions Office

gvsu.edu/admissions

Location & Format

All undergraduate students begin their academic career on the Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face

Coursework

The curriculum meets the needs of students planning to enter the workforce or applying to graduate school in a variety of science disciplines. Students study a variety of topics, including:

  • Bacteriology
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics
  • Immunology
  • Mathematics
  • Mycology
  • Parasitology
  • Physics
  • Physiology
  • Virology

Career Options

Microbiology is an excellent choice for students interested in a variety of health-related careers or pursuing postgraduate professional degrees. Graduates find careers in areas such as:

  • Biotechnology
  • Clinical laboratory sciences
  • Education
  • Government
  • Pharmaceutical sales
  • Public health
  • Research
  • Science writing
  • Technical support specialties