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Microbiology, B.S.

Microbiology encompasses the study of viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasitic protozoa, which are 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.

National Job Growth

Microbiology job opportunities are projected to grow 5% in the U.S. by 2025.

Michigan Job Growth

Microbiology job opportunities are projected to grow 4% in Michigan by 2025.

Conduct Scientific Research with Faculty Mentors

Students have opportunities to contribute to scientific research with faculty mentors.

Source: EMSI, 2021

Program Overview

The program 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 program can be tailored to meet the needs of students who plan to enter professional programs, such as medical, dental, or other health professions, after completing the undergraduate degree.

Why Study Microbiology at Grand Valley?

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Program Details