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Learning Opportunities in Microbiology

A Curriculum Meeting the Highest Standards

The microbiology curriculum is among only a few in the mid-Atlantic region which provides an actual degree in the discipline.  The curriculum meets the standards set forth by the American Society for Microbiology and is taught by faculty members who instruct in the following areas:

  • Basic, advanced, applied and clinical microbiology
  • Microbial genetics and physiology
  • Virology and parasitology
  • Clinical immunology and immunobiology

Early and Numerous Research Opportunities

Because of our smaller student population, we offer many opportunities to do primary investigative research early in your undergraduate program, research that leads to publications and presentations at national meetings. You won’t need to compete with dozens of other students to snag a single research position or wait until you’re in a graduate program. We have regularly accommodated every academically strong student with the opportunity to do investigative laboratory research. We also offer undergraduate fellowships for summer research.

Personal Attention from the Faculty

You get unparalleled access to our faculty, outstanding educators and researchers eager to facilitate achieving your goals and provide opportunities for hands-on research. With nearly 20 full-time faculty members, small classes and the open areas, labs and study pods in the STC, you’ll have daily interaction with your professors, allowing you to learn both inside and outside the classroom.

Additional Degree Options

BS/MS Program

Students who complete the requirements of the BS degree in biology, biomedical sciences, or microbiology may finish a non-thesis MS degree with one additional calendar year of full-time study.

This advanced study gives you:

  • A competitive edge when applying for jobs
  • An earlier start to achieving your career goals
  • Higher earning potential from the start

For more information, click here.

Forensic Science
The forensic science program offers a unique, multidisciplinary curriculum that is integrated into the microbiology major.  Designed with the help of experts from the EPA, FBI, and law enforcement officials, the program follows the accreditation requirements of the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS).  You’ll receive a BS in Microbiology and a certification of completion in forensic science.

A Facility Designed for Scientific Education and Research

The cutting-edge McNeil Science and Technology Center (STC) features:

  • 2 general and 2 advanced biology teaching labs
  • 40-seat fully equipped microbiology teaching lab
  • 12 biology investigative research labs with state-of-the-art equipment
  • 6 environmental rooms
  • 6 break-out study rooms for student use
  • 4 lecture halls
  • 3 computer classrooms
  • Two-story common area for informal student gathering
  • Wireless technology throughout the building
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