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Environmental Biology/Microbiology, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #93 (WUR) , MI,
The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in environmental biology/microbiology is designed for students who plan to pursue careers involving microbiology and the environment or who plan to pursue graduate study in microbiology and related environmental areas.


Environmental microbiology is a large and diverse field that addresses concerns such as soil fertility, water purity and quality, and safety of the food supply. Although environmental biology is concerned with all members of the biosphere and the geochemical surroundings, microorganisms are at the heart of the biological activities in the environment. Many of the environmental problems facing society are microbiological ones, or ones for which microbiological solutions may be found.

The educational objectives of the program are to:

  • Help students to acquire knowledge of microbiology and related environmental areas.
  • Prepare students to solve problems in environmental microbiology.
  • On completion of the program, the graduate may apply for certification with the National Registry of Microbiologists of the American Society for Microbiology.

    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:
    • Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
    • Organismal and Population Biology Laboratory
    • Principles of Environmental Engineering and Science
    • General Chemistry
    • General and Inorganic Chemistry
    • Chemistry Laboratory
    • Organic Chemistry
    • Organic Chemistry Laboratory
    • Fundamentals of Soil Science
    • The Dynamic Earth
    • Environmental Geochemistry

    English Language Requirements

    You only need to take one of these language tests:

    • 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. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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      The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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    • 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.

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    Academic Requirements

    • Complete MSU’s application for admission online, including the required personal statement.
    • Pay the $75 nonrefundable application fee.
    • Request that all secondary schools, colleges or universities attended and examination boards send original or attested copies of all transcripts, diplomas, mark sheets and certificates directly to Michigan State University in an official, sealed envelope.
    • Have the testing agency (TOEFL, IELTS, SAT, MSUELT or MELAB accepted).
    • International students are encouraged, though not required, to submit SAT or ACT scores.
    • Do not send letters of recommendation, photographs, portfolios or additional personal essays.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      39461 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 39461 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
    • National

      14516 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 14516 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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    Living costs for East Lansing

    • 1000 - 1500 USD/month
      Living Costs

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