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Microbiology Undergraduate Program

Interested in the study of small things? Then Microbiology may be the place for you.  Iowa State University offers

  • Coursework in basic sciences essential to microbiology
  • Application of science to issues in the modern world
  • Excellent preparation for further study in human medicine and veterinary medicine
  • Preparation for employment in a variety of professional settings
  • Involvement of professors from across Iowa State University in the Interdepartmental Microbiology Programs
  • Degrees in microbiology at both the undergraduate (B.S.) level and graduate (M.S., PhD.) level.

Our mission in the Undergraduate Microbiology Program is to instill a comprehensive understanding of microbiology and its relevance to human society and global health, and to cultivate the concepts and skills necessary to succeed in microbiology-related careers.

Career opportunities:

Opportunities after graduation might include some of the following:  

Hospitals and public health agencies    International agricultural research centers
Biotechnology firms  Government labs (CDC, NADC, USDA)
Pharmaceutical and vaccine development companies  Tissue culture and Diagnostic laboratories
Agricultural microbiology  Infectious Diseases

Further study:

Interested in Human medicine or Veterinary Medicine? A microbiology degree prepares students for further degrees in Dental, Pharmacy, Optometry, Physician Assistant, Medical Lab Scientist, Medical Doctor or Veterinarian.  Go to the following links to learn how a Microbiology degree helps prepare you for further education at U of I Medical School or ISU Veterinary School.

Funding:

The Microbiology Program offers multiple scholarships each year.  

Explore more:

The Iowa State University Microbiology Club offers a one day High School Workshop in the fall that incorporates various lab activities and incorporates a Forensics Murder Mystery using microbiology.  In the summer, there is a 2 week AgDiscovery residential program for junior high and high school students sponsored by APHIS.  

Minors:

Food safety and Emerging Global Diseases are just a couple minors which fit well with a major in Microbiology.  And if a Microbiology major isn't in your plans, we do offer a Microbiology minor.

 

To request information about the undergraduate or graduate microbiology program at Iowa State University, contact us:

207 Science I
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Telephone: (515) 294-1630
Fax: (515) 294-6019

Email: microundergrad@iastate.edu

 Office Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Read more about

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Recent News

March 16, 2017

Congratulations to Robert Hubert, Microbiology Teaching Laboratory Coordinator, for receiving a Professional and Scientific Excellence Award.

March 16, 2017

Welcome to Susan Cramer a new undergraduate Microbiology Adviser.

March 16, 2017

Welcome to Dr. Crystal Brillhart teaching Microbiology 201L and Microbiology 302L.

Contact

To request information about the undergraduate or graduate microbiology program at Iowa State University, contact us:

207 Science I
Iowa State University
Ames, IA 50011

Telephone: (515) 294-1630
Fax: (515) 294-6019

Email: microundergrad@iastate.edu

 Office Hours are 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m and 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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