Study viruses, bacteria, archaea, protists, and fungi to fight infectious disease, advance biotechnology, and improve environmental quality.

Academic Highlights: The curriculum offers undergraduate and graduate students focused training in microbiology in a small classroom environment with personalized academic advising. More than 90 percent of applied molecular biotechnology MS alumni are placed in biotech companies, research institutions, and PhD programs.

Research Areas: Topics include pathogenic microbiology, environmental microbiology, and microbial biotechnology.

Degrees: BS, PhD, five-year BS/MS, one-year MS in applied molecular biotechnology, two-year MS 


  • Tenure-track faculty: 9
  • Lecturers: 5
  • Research faculty: 4
  • Postdoctoral research associates: 4
  • Undergraduate major students: 200
  • Graduate students: 37

Research Awards: $2.9M

Visit the Department of Microbiology website.