Skip to main content


Student working with equipment in lab.

Join the microbiology department!

The Department of Microbiology offers outstanding life sciences coursework coupled with opportunities for hands-on professional training. Our stellar teachers, researchers and mentors provide a welcoming and collaborative learning environment that can open doors to an invigorating career. If you have any questions, please reach out! We can't wait for you to join us.

Microbiology major

Our department offers the only B.S. in Microbiology available in the state of Oregon! Through coursework and laboratory training, you can study beneficial and disease-causing bacteria, archaea, viruses and parasites, and learn about microbiology applications in the areas of environment, medicine, healthcare, agriculture and animal health.

Learn more about microbiology 

Biohealth sciences major

Enrolling more than 700 students, the BHS major is designed to provide an interdisciplinary background in the life sciences, public health, and social sciences. This diverse background results in a unique blend of coursework formulated to meet the needs of students interested in a career in the healthcare field.

Learn more about biohealth sciences 

Transfer to Oregon State

Nearly 30% of science students are transfer students! Join a growing cohort and discover the resources that will help you succeed. Students interested in transferring to the Oregon State Microbiology majors have access to transfer guides, articulation tables for schools throughout the United States and Microbiology advisors to help your transition.

Find your place at OSU 

See why people love Corvallis

Corvallis is a small university town of 50,000 an hour-and-a-half drive south of Portland in the beautiful Willamette Valley. Within a few hours' drive, the stunning peaks of the Cascade Mountains offer a rugged terrain for hiking, biking, camping, rock climbing and water and snow sports. The Pacific coast is a pleasant 50-minute drive to the west.