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Microbiological Sciences

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Microbiology and Biotechnology are at the forefront of scientific discovery and technological advancement, impacting health, agriculture, the environment, and countless other areas. Our programs will equip you with the knowledge and skills to contribute to these critical fields, addressing some of the most pressing challenges of our time.

Our faculty offer broad expertise in microbiology and biotechnology. We pride ourselves on a well-rounded faculty, who engage routinely in internal and external collaborations at the local, state, and federal levels, as well as with private industry. In addition, our faculty contribute regularly to a rich and innovative body of peer-reviewed research, publishing in internationally renowned journals and speaking at conferences around the world. They also provide fulsome mentoring experiences at all levels of study, with opportunities for students to take part in cutting-edge research in nationally-funded laboratories.

We empower our students to discover and communicate microbiological solutions to local, national, and global challenges.

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 and biotechnology to many fields only continues to grow, and graduates  can look forward to using their knowledge in employment as teachers, professors, public health professionals, researchers, veterinarians, and many other positions. Within each of these realms, numerous career options exist for students with a microbiology or biotechnology degree.

We are excited to have you visit us and see for yourself all the opportunities at NDSU.

John McEvoy
Head, Microbiological Sciences


Agriculture's Miracle Bacteria

Dr. Barney Geddes in his laboratory

With support from Richard ’65 and Linda Offerdahl, NDSU researchers are working toward a new evolutionary event that will reduce the cost of fertilizer and eliminate harmful nitrogen runoff.  



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National ASM Talk given by by Jonathan Nguyen and Dr. Danielle Condry
Some research highlights from the Geddes Lab