Microbiology (Medical Microbiology) (BS)
Accelerated Program

The medical microbiology concentration serves students in the BS in microbiology degree program who aim to pursue careers in health professions, medical microbiology or biomedical research.

The curriculum aligns with the scientific competencies recommended for premedical students in a report of the American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Committee and are also reflected in the 2015 changes to the MCAT. Coursework includes many of the courses in the microbiology major, including chemistry, biochemistry, math and physics, with some microbiology courses replaced by cell biology, animal physiology and courses that relate to human biology and society to emphasize core concepts, competencies and critical intellectual skills necessary to succeed in medical school or biomedical research. The concentration includes coursework that students need to prepare for the MCAT or medical school admission.

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 (Medical Microbiology) (BS)
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Application Requirements

All students are required to meet general university admission requirements.

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Career Outlook

Graduates of the bachelor's degree program in microbiology with a concentration in medical microbiology have fulfilled the majority of prerequisite requirements and mastered many of the competencies valued by graduate programs in medical, dental and optometry fields and by programs which prepare students to be physician assistants or physical therapists. Additionally, graduates of this program have a practical understanding of the process of science, preparing them for a career in research. They have knowledge of foundational concepts in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and statistics as well as the ability to understand and apply core microbiology concepts. They are prepared to enter research in a number of areas including but not limited to cellular biology, immunology, bacteriology and virology.

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
Cytotechnologists 11.5%
Dentists, General 19.4%$151,440
Histotechnologists and Histologic Technicians 11.5%
Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists 11.5%
Internists, General 14.6%$192,930
Optometrists 17.9%$110,300
Physician Assistants 37.3%$104,860
Surgeons 14.4%#

* 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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