Bachelor of Science in Microbiology

Harvesting rice for pathogenicity studies of Magnaporthe oryzae, the rice blast pathogen.

Marc Orbach
University of Arizona microbiology lab

Undergraduate microbiologist Darya Anderson processes permafrost samples at a remote Arctic field station.

Undergraduate microbiology researcher Darya Anderson in the field collecting samples in Arctic Sweden to understand carbon cycling in thawing permafrost.

Find new ways to prevent and treat disease to improve the health of people, plants, animals and the environment. A Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from the University of Arizona prepares you to apply systems thinking and develop solutions to protect our planet and its inhabitants from microbial threats. Our microbiology major is ideal for students pursuing careers in medicine, veterinary care and scientific research.

The UA program conveys the excitement of microbiology today - a rapidly evolving, cutting-edge discipline - and provides a well-rounded microbiology education covering bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, immunology, virology, microbial physiology, and microbial genetics.

Careers in Microbiology:

Microbiology is a powerful major for pursuing diverse careers: research biology (across a range of disciplines), medicine, nursing, pharmacology, and other health and environmental professions. Job opportunities for microbiology graduates exist in government (the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency), hospitals and veterinary clinics, industry (food, beverage and pharmaceuticals), agriculture, consulting... the possibilities are almost limitless. Job titles for microbiology graduates include technicians, researchers, doctors and veterinarians, counselors, advisors, scientific writers, analysts, investigators, journalists, administrators, film-makers, sales professionals, managers, policy-makers, conservationists, and many other occupations.

Research Opportunities:

For current Microbiology students, undergraduate research opportunities are available in many faculty research laboratories. They can offer valuable and unique opportunities to work one-on-one with well known scientists on microbiological research (like the students pictured to the right are doing).

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Contact: Dari Trujillo, MADM 

Senior Academic Advisor I, Microbiology and Food Safety/ Microbiology Graduate Program Coordinator 

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences- School of Animal and Comparative Biomedical Sciences

520.621.3058 |