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Microbiology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Dearborn Heights, MI, United States
Learn how something seemingly so simple, a one-celled organism, is so instrumental in our daily lives with the Microbiology program of University of Michigan-Dearborn. And discover — through coursework, research and field experiences — how you can make a positive impact in the environment, industry or health fields through a microbiology education.
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The Microbiology program of University of Michigan-Dearborn is designed to provide you with an extensive knowledge of the field. As a basic biological science, learn how microbiology provides some of the most accessible research tools for exploring the nature of life processes. As an applied biological science, see how microbiology deals with many important practical problems in medicine, agriculture, bioremediation and food industries. To get that applied experience, you will have opportunities to participate in laboratory learning, independent research projects with professors, summer internships and co-operative education programs.

Depending on your interest, careers include food, industrial or environmental quality assurance technologist, lab research assistant, and clinical or veterinary medical technologist.

What Will I Learn?

Students majoring in Microbiology will understand basic principles relating to molecular, cellular and organismal biology. In addition to these, students will exhibit proficiency in selected empirical laboratory skills, develop knowledge of contemporary research using the scientific method and demonstrate competence in oral and written communication.

  • Conceptual knowledge in microbial science: biology, genetics, physiology, diversity, ecology, human health impact and biotechnological applications
  • Critical and independent thinking skills in scientific method: designing experiments, assessing validity of data, and performing quantitative analyses
  • Communication skills: Ability to search literature for pertinent information, and discuss and present scientific information orally and in writing

Plan for Life After Graduation

Students who graduate with a degree in microbiology typically follow various pathways as they launch their post-baccalaureate careers. Our graduates have found jobs in several areas of microbiology. Many of our students choose to pursue additional study in graduate school or medical school. Several enter MS programs; however, it is not unusual for students to undertake Ph.D. studies.

Collaborative skills: Ability to work effectively in teams and manage time and tasks to be done simultaneously by individuals and within groups

Societal impact: Ability to describe the societal place of microbiology as a science and make informed judgments about microbiology in everyday life

Detailed Programme Facts

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

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Microbiology
  • Applied & Environmental Microbiology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Physiology of Microorganisms
  • Epidemiology
  • Medical Virology

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • Submitted online application
  • Official high school academic documents
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    24480 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12240 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    11856 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5928 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Dearborn Heights

  • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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