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Microbiology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #201 (ARWU) Ames, IA, United States
Interested in the study of small things that have a big impact? Then Microbiology program of Iowa State University may be the place for you.
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Our mission in the Microbiology Program of Iowa State University is to instill a comprehensive understanding of microbiology and its relevance to human society and global health, and to cultivate the concepts and skills necessary to succeed in microbiology-related careers.

Key facts:

Iowa State University offers:

  • Extensive hands-on laboratory experiences that develop problem solving & technical skills used in a variety of professional careers
  • Application of science to issues in the modern world
  • Excellent preparation for human medicine and veterinary medicine
  • Preparation for employment in a variety of professional settings
  • Research opportunities and interaction with professors from across Iowa State University Departments of Animal Science, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biology,  Veterinary Microbiology, Veterinary Pathology, Food Science, Entomology, and Geology

Career opportunities:

Opportunities after graduation include the following: 
  • Biomedical research scientist
  • Biotechnology firms
  • Biorenewables industry
  • Forensic scientist
  • Pharmaceutical and vaccine development companies
  • Immunologist
  • Agricultural microbiology and plant pathology
  • International agricultural research centers
  • Government laboratories (CDC, NADC, USDA)
  • Infectious disease
  • Food safety and food technology
  • Water quality
  • Ecology and environmental microbiology
  • Botanical gardens & nurseries
  • Technical brewer
  • Science writer
  • Public health agencies
  • Public policy organizations

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details:

    Deadlines are for international students.

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microbial World
  • Professional and Educational Preparation in Microbiology
  • Microbiology
  • Biology of Microorganisms
  • Phage Genome 
  • Medical Microbiology

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Freshman Academic Requirements:

  • 4 years of English or your native language
  • 3 years of science (including at least two years of laboratory science courses which emphasize elements of biology, chemistry, or physics)
  • 3 years of math (including algebra and geometry)
  • 2 years of social studies
  • SAT or ACT test scores are not required for admission, but providing them will speed up your admission decision. SAT or ACT is required for freshman scholarship consideration.
Transfer Academic Requirements:
  • Minimum cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 2.25 in all transferable courses attempted (note: applicants who have earned an associate’s degree may be admitted with at least a 2.00 GPA)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24862 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12431 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    23230 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11615 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    8042 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4021 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Ames

  • 1158 - 1800 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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