Why a Degree in Microbiology at Oregon State?

  • A B.S. in Microbiology can set you on a successful career path: three months after graduation, 95% of recent graduates have been employed in a microbiology-related field or accepted to a program for further education (graduate school or medically-related professional school).
  • With about 300 majors, we are small enough to offer personalized attention to each student.
  • An active Microbiology Students Association (MSA) engages in microbiology-related field trips and fun outreach activities to prospective (K-12) students. A select group of students attends the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) scientific conference to experience the exciting world of international research first-hand.
  • A requirement for three upper level Microbiology lab courses, combined with opportunities for experience in research laboratories, results in hands-on expertise that provides an advantage in the job market.  


Career Power

Most of our undergraduate majors participate in research activities in conjunction with professors, postdoctoral and graduate students. This experience can be a stepping stone to graduate studies. Higher ranking students can participate as teaching assistants, gaining valuable experience in instruction and supervision.  Oregon State has the only Microbiology Program in Oregon for both Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. A degree in Microbiology fulfills all the requirements for medical school. Some additional courses are required for dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant programs, nursing and veterinary science. This link provides all the information for applying to medical school.

Select Employers of Microbiologists

Careers at the National Inst. of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
CDC Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
Clinical Micro-STAT Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Columbia Food Laboratory Oregon Public Health Department       
Exelixis Sarepta Therapeutics
Exova SIGA
Immunology Consultants Laboratory, Inc. State Crime Lab
InterPath Tillamook Cheese Factory
Invitrogen U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Kelly Scientific Resources U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Klamath Algae Products Washington State Dept. of Agriculture
Lighthouse Lab Services Washington State Dept. of Health
Mitoscience Water Lab Technicians Job Site
National Frozen Foods Waterlab Corporation
Oregon Health Sciences University