Department of Microbiology
What can I do with a degree in Microbiology?
The job market remains consistently strong for graduates in microbiology. WSU graduates have found jobs in biotechnology, in the food and pharmaceutical industries, in biological testing laboratories, clinical laboratories and university research laboratories, as well as in government agencies. During the past 10 years, approximately 40 percent of our graduates entered medical, dental or graduate schools.
What will I learn?
You will acquire expertise in general microbiology and its procedures, immunology, microbial physiology, environmental microbiology and ecology, cell culture, virology, recombinant DNA techniques and genetics. WSU is the only public university in the state to offer an undergraduate microbiology degree.
Microbiology is quite interdisciplinary, overlapping aspects of several other academic branches such as botany, zoology, physiology, immunology, parasitology, biochemistry, genetics, medicine, pharmacology and medical technology.
- Bachelor’s degree (major and minor)
Microbiology majors may choose from three emphases:
- Biotechnology or Industrial Microbiology
- Public Health
- BIS emphasis
What is the application process?
Although there is no application deadline, we encourage you to apply early and register for classes. Contact the Department of Microbiology for specific information or to schedule an advisement time.