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Microbiology

Microbiology is a fundamental biological science concerned with bacteria, viruses and other microbes. Some of the most important scientific discoveries have been made by microbiologists. Since 1910, approximately one-third of the Nobel Prizes in medicine and physiology have been awarded to microbiologists. The discipline covers a wide spectrum of specialized interest areas that show how microbes affect human and animal health, agriculture, our environment, food technology and safety, and the biotechnology industry. Microbiology prepares students for a wide range of important career opportunities.

In recent years, the field of microbiology has had a major impact upon virtually all other scientific disciplines. For this reason, students who choose to major in microbiology often minor in biotechnology, chemistry or food safety. Students who choose to major in other fields may find it advantageous to minor in microbiology.

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High School Preparation

Students will find courses in science and mathematics, such as algebra, biology, physics and chemistry, to be very helpful in preparing for a major in microbiology.

The Curriculum

During the first year, students in microbiology take basic college courses in English, chemistry, biology or zoology and mathematics. The curriculum over the next three years includes advanced courses in microbiology and the life sciences. These courses include pathogenic microbiology, virology, immunology, parasitology, microbial genetics, food microbiology, microbial ecology and bacterial physiology. Students majoring in microbiology can enhance their understanding of applied microbiology and infectious disease by taking courses in epidemiology and food safety offered through other programs.

The Faculty and Facilities

The teaching faculty offer expertise and experience in nearly all areas of microbiology. Additionally, faculty are active researchers and devoted research mentors. Our undergraduates frequently have opportunities to perform cutting edge research in nationally-funded laboratories.

The Department of Microbiological Sciences, located in Van Es Hall, has well-equipped teaching and research laboratories. Several courses are taught in the dedicated STEM education building, A. Glenn Hill Center.

Qualified upper class students majoring in microbiology may pursue individualized study and research under the supervision of one of the faculty members.

Post Graduate Opportunities

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

Graduate School. The microbiology major emphasizes experiential learning in coursework and research laboratories that provides the foundation to be successful in graduate school.

Career Opportunities

Graduates may seek employment in the health sciences, biomedical industries, biotechnology, agricultural biosystems, food industries, pharmaceutical industries and government agencies. In these careers, graduates may identify new emerging diseases; develop diagnostic tests, new medicines and vaccines; work in departments of public health or hospital laboratories to ensure a safe food supply; or work in academic or private research laboratories. Microbiologists work in government agencies such as the National Institutes of Health and the Environmental Protection Agency. Many microbiologists are teachers and professors.

Microbiology Plan of Study

Please note this is a sample plan of study; actual student schedules will vary depending on start year, individual goals, applicable transfer credit, and course availability. Students are encouraged to work with their academic advisor on a regular basis to review degree progress and customize their own plan of study.

First Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

AGRI 189 Skills for Academic Success

1

BIOL 151 General Biology II

3

CHEM 121 General Chemistry I

3

BIOL 151L General Biology II Laboratory

1

CHEM 121L General Chemistry I Laboratory

1

CHEM 122 General Chemistry II

3

BIOL 150 General Biology I

3

CHEM 122L General Chemistry II Laboratory

1

BIOL 150L General Biology I Laboratory

1

ENGL 120 College Composition II

3

ENGL 110 College Composition I

4

Gen Ed Wellness

2

MATH 105 Trigonometry (MATH 107 Precalculus or MATH 
146 Applied Calculus I also acceptable)

3

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences/Gen Ed Global
Perspectives

3

 

16

 

16

Second Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking

3

MICR 352 General Microbiology II

3

CHEM 341 Organic Chemistry I

3

MICR 352L General Microbiology Lab II

2

CHEM 341L Organic Chemistry I Laboratory

1

PLSC 315 Genetics

3

STAT 330 Introductory Statistics

3

PLSC 315L Genetics Laboratory

1

MICR 350 General Microbiology

3

CHEM 342 Organic Chemistry II

3

MICR 350L General Microbiology Lab

2

Gen Ed Social & Behavioral Sciences/Gen Ed Global
     Perspectives

3

 

15

 

15

Third Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

BIOC 460 Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I

3

PHYS 212 College Physics II

3

BIOC 460L Foundations of Biochemistry I Laboratory

1

PHYS 212L College Physics II Laboratory

1

PHYS 211 College Physics I

3

BIOC 461 Foundations of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II

3

PHYS 211L College Physics I Laboratory

1

Microbiology Elective

6

Microbiology Elective

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Cultural Diversity

3

Gen Ed Humanities & Fine Arts/Gen Ed Cultural Diversity

3

 

 

14

 

16

Fourth Year

Fall

Credits

Spring

Credits

MICR 354 Scientific Writing

3

MICR 480 Bacterial Physiology

3

MICR 482 Bacterial Genetics & Phage

3

MICR 486 Capstone Experience in Microbiology – Research     Project

3

Microbiology Elective

9

Microbiology Elective

3

 

Free Elective

4

 

15

 

13

Total Credits: 120


View NDSU equivalencies of transfer courses at: www.ndsu.edu/transfer/equivalencies

Van Es Hall
Lab 150


Van Es Hall is located on the west side of campus on Centennial Boulevard (Campus Map)

Contact Information

Department of Microbiological Sciences
North Dakota State University
Van Es Room 150
Dept #7690, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-7667 / Fax: (701) 231-9692
Email: ndsu.vms@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/micro/

Office of Admission
North Dakota State University
Ceres 114
Dept #5230, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

Tel: (701) 231-8643 / Fax: (701) 231-8802
Email: NDSU.Admission@ndsu.edu
Web: www.ndsu.edu/admission/

 

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