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Consider a major in Microbiology

Even though the organisms we study are too small to see without a microscope, they have a big impact on our daily lives. Check out some of the reasons that choosing to major in Microbiology can help you get the most out of your Miami Experience.

What you can do with a major in Microbiology

Career Opportunities Exploring the Microbial World

Students receiving degrees in either Microbiology or Medical Laboratory Science are well prepared for careers in almost any field in medicine and biology, and in every sector of the economy: universities, colleges, schools, hospitals, government agencies (CDC, EPA, NASA), congress, industry (biotechnology, food safety, and pharmaceutical), business (patent law), and communications (medical writers).


The study of biofilms in Dr. Actis' lab

Medical School

These degrees also serve as an excellent stepping-stone to medical school (the requirements for a major in Microbiology are virtually the same as those which will qualify students to apply to Medical, Dental and Veterinary School).


Careers in Research Researchers in Dr. Morgan-Kiss' lab

Whether you are interested in research in biomedical or environmental fields, in industry or academia, a major in microbiology can provide the background and experience you need.


How a major in Microbiology will help you

Cold-adapted algae as biofuels

Choices in Majors

Our department offers majors in both Microbiology, and Medical Laboratory Science, and minors in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics. You can earn a B.S. degree in the Medical Laboratory Science major, and either a B.S. or A.B. degree in the Microbiology major.


Choices in course selection Students getting hands-on training from Dr. B

You can tailor your courses to your career interests. We offer a wide range of course selections for both B.S. and A.B. degrees that support careers in Biomedical Science, Microbial Ecology, Genetics & Bioinformatics, and Cellular & Molecular Biology, so that you can design your own combination of courses to best suit your needs.


Dr. Actis and President Hodge looking on as an undergraduate performs an experiment

Opportunities for undergraduate research

Get the most out of your undergraduate microbiology training by getting involved in undergraduate research. Explore the range of research programs conducted by Microbiology faculty and their students.


How you can find out more

While you are visiting our campus, if you would like to visit with a faculty advisor to discuss what the Department of Microbiology has to offer, email us at, and we'll schedule an appointment.

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