This site is a quick guide to finding a college or school that offers classes or degrees in microbiology.
Microbiology is the science and study of microorganisms. Microbiology classes and educational programs are often paired up with immunology (the study of the immune system). There are several other branches of microbiology, with a few of the most common including bacteriology (the study of bacteria) and parasitology (the study of parasites). Scientists who specialize in this area are typically called microbiologists.
Students start out earning a bachelors degree in microbiology, which provides their early base of learning. Graduate programs include both Master of Science and Ph.D. degree programs. Individuals may specialize over a variety of disciplines, such as cell biology, genetics and microbial physiology, evolution, biotechnology, and immunology.
A majority of students earning a bachelor’s degree will go on to either graduate school, medical, pharmacy or dental school.
However, many students who earned a four-year degree can move into a variety of research or technical positions. Some of these jobs may include research support working with scientists in a government, school or private company lab. Other jobs may be in the quality assurance departments of companies or government where microorganisms are studied in either the general environment, water, food or pharmaceuticals. Hospitals and human and animal health clinics need specialists to study microorganisms in both humans and animals. The medical and scientific community also needs salespeople who can speak the language of the medical or scientific professionals they talk to everyday.
Earning a graduate degree in the microbiology field expands the career choices. A masters degree will allow someone to teach at a two-year or community college while a doctoral level degree is usually necessary for teaching science at the college level or higher. A Ph.D. in Microbiology may also qualify someone for other advanced or executive positions in business or government.
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