Bachelor of Science (B.S.)


Microbiology is the study of organisms that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. At BGSU, our microbiology program focuses on critical worldwide issues that range from multi-drug resistant pathogens to harmful algal blooms. Students not only learn about these current topics but also perform environmental and medical related research in their classes. Our curriculum is unique in combining education and research to promote students’ interests in science.

Quality classroom experiences

Classes and research labs offer the use of light and electron microscopes, ultraviolet and visible light spectrophotometers, imaging equipment, micromanipulators, incubators, and molecular biology equipment.

Career - what can you do with a microbiology degree?

Research opportunities are available to undergraduates enrolled in all years of the program and participation is encouraged.

Career paths

  • Medical research
  • Biotechnology
  • Food safety
  • Water quality
  • Pharmaceutical industry

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The microbiology program is centered upon the life sciences and requires extensive coursework in both chemistry and biology. The major also encompasses mathematics and physics. Microbiology students participate in Tiny Earth, a program that provides students a hands-on approach to help discover novel antibiotics.  

Required courses

Professor and student working together over a microscope

Sample courses

  • Molecular Biology
  • Immunobiology
  • Evolution
  • Microbial Physiology
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