B.Sc. On Campus


Rutgers University

48 months
33388 USD/year
33388 USD/year
14090 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Microorganisms are the smallest living things, the oldest form of life on earth, ubiquitous in the biosphere and central to many of the essential life processes on earth. The curriculum of the Microbiology program of Rutgers University emphasizes the uniqueness of microbial biology, its enormous diversity, and the biochemical basis of microbial life.


About the Program

The curriculum examines the diverse roles of microorganisms and covers the fundamentals of microbial diversity, physiology and genetics. The focus is on microorganisms, microbial processes in natural and managed environments and their effects on human, animal, plant and environmental health. The curriculum provides students with a fundamental understanding of the various applications of microbes in biotechnology, the food industry, agriculture, and medicine.

The curriculum examines the nature and activity of microbial populations in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, the interactions within microbial communities, and biogeochemical cycles and energy flows. Recent advances in microbial molecular biology and biotechnology have led to an in-depth understanding of the physiology, genetics and taxonomy of microbes. The field of microbiology is a major contributor toward industrial development, human, animal and plant health, environmental integrity and agricultural productivity. Microbes are central to the food, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries and are broadly utilized from food fermentations and biosynthesis to biodegradation of toxic chemicals.

The primary objectives of the curriculum are to broadly educate students on the biology of microorganisms. The curriculum prepares students for positions in industry, government and graduate/professional study in life sciences through extensive course work combined with laboratory and research experience.

Program Learning Goals

  • Graduates of the Microbiology program of Rutgers University will be able to illustrate and describe the biology of microorganisms, focusing on microbial processes and their effects on other organisms and the environment, microbial communities, and biogeochemical cycles.
  • Graduates will be able to apply the scientific method to formulate questions and hypotheses, design experiments, employ appropriate methodology to solve problems in microbiology, and be able to analyze, interpret, and present scientific data in microbiology.
  • Graduates will be able to critically evaluate scientific literature and explain their findings in written and oral format.
  • Graduates will be able to summarize ethical and current issues in microbiology and apply a code of ethics for microbiologists including ethical conduct, scientific integrity, and the dignity of the profession and practice of microbiology.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Living in the Microbial World
  • General Microbiology
  • Ethics & Issues - Microbiology
  • Microbiology and Culture of Cheese and Wine
  • Microbial Genomics
  • Microbial Physiology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application
  • A $70 non-refundable application fee is required
  • Self-Reported Academic Record (SRAR)
  • Due to the uncertainty of future test dates and availability of standardized tests, Rutgers will make submission of SAT and ACT test scores optional
  • English Proficiency Examination Requirements
  • Letters of recommendation are not used for admissions consideration

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    33388 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16694 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • National

    33388 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16694 USD per semester during 48 months.
  • In-State

    14090 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 7045 USD per semester during 48 months.

Living costs for New Brunswick

1204 - 2963 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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