Microbiology (BS)
Accelerated Program

The BS program in microbiology combines the study of the branch of biology involving the smallest of living things (bacteria, fungi, algae, protozoa and viruses) and immunology (the study of all aspects of the immune system).

Despite their small size, microbes are fundamental to life on Earth and compose the majority of all Earth's life forms. In addition to their essential contributions to the natural world, microbes have been model experimental subjects due to their impact on human health and ease of manipulation in the laboratory. A significant portion of medical research employs microbiological and immunological methods in order to examine basic genetic and biological phenomena.

The microbiology degree program places emphasis on understanding microorganisms and their interrelationships with other organisms in nature and on the influence of microorganisms in biomedicine and biotechnology. Students in the microbiology degree program study the background and current findings in the field of microbiology and also acquire the critical thinking skills and the hands-on laboratory and field skills required to succeed in science.

The major provides excellent training for premedical, predental, preveterinary and prepharmacy students as well as advanced study in microbiology and immunology.

This program is available as an accelerated degree program. Students can visit this website to learn more about accelerated degree programs: https://sols.asu.edu/degree-programs/accelerated-bachelor-master-science.

Due to the high volume of overlap in curriculum, students enrolled in a BS degree in the School of Life Sciences may be restricted from declaring a concurrent degree within the school. Students should speak with their academic advisor for any further questions.

Degree Offered

Microbiology (BS)
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Career Outlook

The discipline of microbiology is diverse and the job opportunities for microbiologists are enormous. Graduates with a degree in microbiology have opportunities for employment in:

  • government
  • hospitals
  • industrial laboratories (food, dairy, chemical, pharmaceutical, environmental and biotechnology companies)
  • public health laboratories
  • research laboratories

Many students are also suitably prepared for admission into graduate school and advanced study in these fields:

  • dentistry
  • medicine
  • pharmacy
  • veterinary medicine

Example Careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:

Career*growth*median salary
Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary 15.2%$78,240
Clinical Research Coordinators 9.9%$118,970
Cytotechnologists 11.5%
Food Scientists and Technologists5.7%$63,660
Genetic Counselors 29%$77,480
Occupational Health and Safety Technicians 10.1%$49,960
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 11.5%
Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists 13.4%$82,090
Molecular and Cellular Biologists8%$76,690

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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