Microbiologists study all aspects of the biology and activities of organisms that cannot be seen with the naked eye, including viruses, bacteria, protozoa, fungi and algae. Microorganisms are often mistakenly feared because some do cause disease, but just as many are beneficial and even essential for the existence of all other forms of life, including ours.
Microorganisms clean the environment and, in fermentations, they are used to produce foods, drinks, antibiotics and industrial chemicals. They are also used as the basic tools of genetic engineering and therefore have important applications in many medical, agricultural and commercial biotechnologies.
Participation in hands-on laboratory experiments and frontier research is emphasized so that when students graduate they have the practical experience and expertise needed for careers in microbiology and related sciences.
The microbiology major prepares students directly for employment. The diversity of required courses provides a breadth of learning and technical experiences. With this education, especially the technical training learned in the laboratories, students can readily find employment in research, quality control or hospital laboratories and work with advanced techniques and instruments. Specifically, recent graduates of the Department of Microbiology work in research and government laboratories that develop genetic engineering and biotechnology, solve health and environmental problems, and create food and industrial technologies and use microbial processes to produce new products.
The Microbiology major from The Ohio State University is also an appropriate, frequently chosen undergraduate degree program for medical, dental, optometry, veterinary and pharmacy students. While a major in microbiology is not a requirement for medical school (or other professional schools in the health sciences), it has many advantages, with its exposure to the basic principles of life processes, the mode of action of many pathogens and the theoretical underpinnings of sophisticated medical procedures.
The microbiology major provides the academic preparation needed to pursue a graduate degree in almost any biology-related field. Many jobs in microbiology involve high-level research and require advanced training leading to a master's degree or PhD.
An undergraduate major in microbiology does not limit one’s options to careers in medicine or biological research. Because the microbiology major provides the academic preparation and strong science background appropriate for students who plan careers in marketing, business or management in high technology industries, some microbiology students choose to use their science background to pursue a professional degree in business or law. A few students choose to put their microbiology training to use by obtaining a master’s degree in education and becoming science teachers.
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- Required supportive courses include one year of general biology, Calculus I and a math elective, one year of general chemistry, one year of organic chemistry lecture, one semester of organic chemistry lab and one year of general physics.
- Some of the necessary supportive courses must be taken before starting the major (biology, general chemistry, also recommended for calculus), and others may be completed while also taking microbiology courses (organic chemistry and physics).
- The microbiology major consists of a core of six upper-level courses in biochemistry, general microbiology, pathogenesis and immunobiology, microbial physiology and diversity, molecular microbiology lab, and microbial genetics.
- 48 months
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
- Successful completion of university preparatory courses
- High school performance (class rank or GPA), including participation in accelerated programs like Honors, AP and IB; Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for class rank or GPA
- Standardized test score (ACT or SAT); Ohio State does not have minimum requirements for ACT or SAT scores
- Ability and desire to contribute to and engage with a diverse campus community
- Experiences that demonstrate leadership or engaged involvement(e.g., co-curricular activities, work experiences or military service)
- Status as a first-generation university student
- High school performance if adversely affected by physical, mental or learning environment factors
International36430 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 36430 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
National33502 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 33502 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
In-State11508 USD/yearTuition FeeBased on the original amount of 11508 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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