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Future Students

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You're here for a reason. You are interested in science, and you want to be sure that NDSU is the right fit for you. Let us introduce ourselves and show you what we're all about. 

  • NDSU offers a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program in Microbiology or Biotechnology for undergraduates, as well as two graduate programs in Microbiology (Master of Science and Ph.D.).  
  • Our faculty and staff have a wide variety of expertise, from livestock vaccination, infectious disease, antimicrobial resistance, microbiome exploration of humans, plants, soils, and animals, to science education in microbiology.  
  • We collaborate across disciplines and outside NDSU with interest groups from all types of industries.
  • We offer enriching research experiences for all our students (undergraduate to graduate). 

Early Entry

Our Early Entry program is designed to give high school students a head start into the background in microbiology and biotechnology while they finish their high school diploma. Students in the Early Entry program earn college credit for the classes they take. You do not need a high school diploma to apply for this program.

NDSU also has a new NDSU Early-Entry Scholarship to help with financial barriers. Students from any state are welcome to apply to take these courses whether or not they plan to attend NDSU for their entire degree.

Early Entry Program


Undergraduate Programs

Our Bachelor of Science degrees are designed to give students a background in microbiology or biotechnology, with a wide range of specialized interest areas, including human and animal health, agriculture, our environment, food technology and safety, and the biotechnology industry. Our degrees prepare students for a wide range of important career opportunities, as well as the option to pursue further education in specialized subject areas.  

Our Pre-Professional program is excellent preparation for professional school, including medical, veterinary, dental, optometry, and physician assistant programs. 


Graduate Programs 

The Master's and Ph.D. programs give students the opportunity to reach beyond coursework and get involved in the field of microbiology at a high level. The Master's in Microbiology emphasizes research methodology and laboratory techniques. The Ph.D. in Microbiology is an outcomes-based program focused on developing research project leaders.