What is Microbiology?

It focuses on the biology of microscopic organisms, such as bacteria, algae, and fungi. Your goal is to understand the function of microbes in agriculture, medicine, ecology, and biotechnology. You will also receive training in sterile procedures; the identification, enumeration, and growth of microorganisms; the evaluation of antimicrobials and the antibiotics; and the practice of microbial genetics.

Why should I consider majoring in Microbiology?

If you enjoy doing science projects, gardening, researching environmental causes, working with microscopes, caring for people in general, and keep things organized, then you might want to consider this major.

What will I learn from studying Microbiology?

As a microbiology major, you will probably begin by familiarizing yourself with microscopes. You’ll get an overview of the diversity, structure, function, growth, reproduction, genetics, physiology, preservation, and control of microorganisms. You’ll then learn to grow and catalog a wide variety of microorganisms, including bacteria, algae, fungi, protozoa, and viruses. When you progress to biochemistry and molecular genetics, the work becomes more abstract. In lags and lectures, you use critical-thinking skills to prepare and conduct experiments. As you advance, your work focuses on bacterial mutants, the documentation of agents, and measurements with biochemical tools. You will also learn to develop new skills for particular projects. To be successful in microbiology, you should be willing to learn unfamiliar methodologies and adapt to unexpected situations.

What interests and values are related to Microbiology?

  • Science Projects
  • Gardening
  • Environmental Causes
  • Microscopes
  • Caring for People
  • Keeping things Organized

What career fields are related to Microbiology?

  • Physician
  • Veterinarian
  • High School teacher
  • College Teacher
  • Research Technician
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Hospital Administrator
  • Biotechnologist
  • Health Care Professional (Respiratory therapist, Phlebotomist, etc.)
  • Government Agency Microbiologist

How can I learn more about Microbiology?

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Contact Source:

College of Agriculture & Life Science Academic Discovery Center

Location: Benson 240

Phone: 208-496-1411

Email: CALSacademicdiscoverycenter@byui.edu