Department of Microbiology at Weber State University

Studying microbiology can help you prepare to go to medical, dental, physician’s assistant or graduate school following graduation. If you don’t pursue professional schools, you are still highly employable as a microbiologist in private industries or governmental agencies.


If you can’t find what you are looking for on our web pages, contact our secretary, Katie Nelson, or any of our faculty. We will be glad to help you.


What is Microbiology?

Microbiology is the study of microorganisms including, bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi and protozoa. Microorganisms are most famous for their ability to cause disease, however, microorganisms are also vital to agriculture, industry, and ecology. In fact, life on Earth could not survive without microorganisms.


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.


Microbiologists study microorganisms, aspects of molecular genetics, cancer, aging, immunodeficiency diseases such as AIDS and autoimmune diseases such as juvenile diabetes. They also study microscopy, animal cell cultures, and plant cell cultures.


Why choose Microbiology at WSU?


  • Excellent preparation for work, graduate school or professional school
  • Diverse courses with small class sizes
  • All courses are taught by professors with Ph.D.s
  • Opportunities to work with faculty on research projects
  • Learn state of the science laboratory techniques in microbial cultivation, identification, molecular biology and cell culture


What degrees are available?

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Microbiology


Areas of Emphasis:

General Microbiology


Applied Microbiology

  • Clinical Microbiology
  • Food Microbiology
  • Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Environmental Microbiology


Pre-Professional Tracks

  • Pre-Medical
  • Pre-Dental
  • Pre-Physician’s Assistant
  • Pre-Veterinary Medicine


What classes should I expect to take?

A complete list of requirements is available from the microbiology department secretary or any faculty member. However, you can expect to take courses like:


  • Principles of Microbiology
  • Microbial Physiology
  • Microbial Procedures
  • Chemistry, Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology
  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Genetics
  • Medical Microbiology


What are the employment opportunities?


Is there an application deadline?

Although there is no application deadline, we encourage you to apply early and register for classes. Contact the Microbiology department for specific information or to schedule an advisement time.


Contact the Department of Microbiology


Department Chair

Matthew Domek
(801) 626-6950

Department Secretary

Katie Nelson
(801) 626-6949





Office hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST


Weber State University
Tracy Hall Science Center (TY)
Level 4  -  Room 450

Mailing address

Department of Microbiology
Weber State University
1415 Edvalson Street, Dept. 2506
Ogden, Utah 84408-2506

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