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Program Outcomes for the Microbiology Major

Program Outcomes for the Microbiology Major

We have four objectives for all of our microbiology majors. In short, we want to equip you to help make the human and natural world safer and healthier.

Apply specialized microbiology knowledge from multiple fields to critically analyze and evaluate microbiological, environmental and health-related problems.

The knowledge and skills you will gain through such courses as Immunology, Virology, Microbial Ecology, Microbial Genetics and Biotechnology, Aquatic Microbiology, and The Human Microbiome will equip you to help solve some of the world’s most pressing problems involving food, water, disease and the environment.

Demonstrate competency in routine and specialized microbiological laboratory skills applicable to microbiological research or clinical methods, including laboratory safety and accurately reporting observations and analysis

Recent laboratory-related outbreaks of Salmonella, food outbreaks of Campylobacter and E. coli O157, and the spread of antibiotic resistant pathogens in hospitals all provide strong evidence of the vital importance of microbiological safety skills across many fields. Working with microbial pathogens involves inherent risk. After taking required 300 and 400-level lab courses, you will have the specialized skills to handle microbes safely in research and laboratory settings.

Communicate scientific concepts, experimental results and analytical arguments clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing

Clear and accurate science communication, both to scientists and to the public, influences the future direction of research science and medicine as well as laws and policies. As a microbiology major, you will have opportunities to practice this across several courses. In the current era of the internet, microbiology graduates will be able to cut through misinformation.

Practice flexible professional skills needed for careers in microbiology and related scientific and professional fields

Our microbiology majors explore the many options for interesting careers, professional programs and graduate programs. And through your participation in required classes and elective clubs, internships or hands-on research, you will develop the professional and “soft” skills you need to succeed, whatever career track you choose.