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Microbiological Sciences

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Microbiology is a fundamental biological science concerned with the study of microbes, which are microscopic organisms such as bacteria, archaea, algae, fungi, protozoa, and viruses.  Despite being unseen, microbes are critical to all life on earth. As microbiologists, we seek to harness the awesome power of microbes to enhance humanity while controlling their negative impacts as agents of disease, spoilage, and decomposition. 

Microbiology covers a wide spectrum of specialized interest areas in human and animal health; food, energy, and water security; the environment; and biotechnology. Technological innovations have made microbiology one of the fastest moving and important scientific disciplines in the 21st century, impacting virtually all other scientific disciplines.

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Our students find careers in a range of industries, including health sciences, biomedical industries, biotechnology, agricultural biosystems, food industries, pharmaceutical industries, and government agencies. The relevance of microbiology to many fields only continues to grow, and graduates with a background in microbiology can look forward to using their knowledge in employment as teachers, professors, public health professionals, researchers, veterinarians, and many other positions.

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