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Microbiology

Microbiology

Female researcher sits at lab hood and pipettes into tubes on a rack.
Photo by Natalee Waters for Virginia Tech.

Microbiology focuses on the biology and roles of microscopic life forms that are active in all of our environments and daily activities.  The laboratory-intensive curriculum provides knowledge on the genetics and physiology common to all microbes and allows students to explore specific interests with a broad range of advanced electives.

Major

Microbiology

This program provides majors with a more focused education on the biology and roles of microscopic life forms that are active in all of our environments and daily activities.  The laboratory-intensive curriculum provides knowledge on the genetics and physiology common to all microbes and allows students to explore specific interests with a broad range of advanced electives such as pathogenic bacteriology, immunology, environmental and food microbiology, virology, microbial forensics, and bioinformatics.

career paths

  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Medical School
  • Dentistry
  • Biomedical Science
  • Public Health
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Forensics
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Pharmaceutical Industry
  • Public Health

Things to note:

  • Only microbiology program in the state
  • Laboratory intensive curriculum
  • Future of scientific classrooms

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