BS in Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of the microbes, that is, of the viruses, prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea), and the essentially one-celled eukaryotes (algae, protozoa, fungi). Study of the multi-cellular parasitic worms of humans and other animals is often included, as well. Moreover, the cell biology of higher plants and animals is also a relevant part of the study material of microbiology, as are the host responses to microbes that cause disease, that is to say, pathogens. Microbiologists study the structure and function of these organisms and cells, with an eye to their impact on human activities and the environment. The program of study prepares the student for work in microbiology or for advanced study in microbiology or other biological sciences, as well as serving as the basis for professional studies, such as medicine, dentistry, or forensic or clinical laboratory science. Students study chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics and then proceed to the detailed courses of the program, as given below. It is worth noting that one of the advantages of this program is an opportunity to participate in an on-going research project that contributes to the student’s graduation requirements.

Information about this or other MMG degree programs may be obtained from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics by email (mmgugrad@msu.edu).


Microbiology