Microbiology for Pre-Professionals

NDSU offers pre-professional curricula for students who intend to pursue their undergraduate or graduate education in professional schools. Most Pre-Professional programs are flexible and can be developed around many different majors, including Microbiology. In fact, Microbiology is a great major for students interested in Veterinary Medicine, Medicine, Dentistry, and many other health professions

Pre-Medicine

Medicine has many exciting and rewarding career paths, and NDSU Microbiology is the perfect major to get you started on your journey. Students choose NDSU Microbiology as their Pre-Med major because the curriculum provides an ideal preparation for the MCAT, medical school, and a career in medicine.

If you choose Microbiology as your Pre-Med major, you can expect:

  • A clear 4-year graduation plan that will prepare you for the MCAT and Medical School.
  • A program advisor who will understand your needs as a Pre-Med Microbiology major.
  • A Pre-Med advisor who will work alongside your program advisor to guide your preparation for Medical School.
  • Opportunities to work with professors on cutting edge biomedical research projects.
  • A close-knit community where your professors will become lifelong mentors.

We recently asked our Microbiology alumni why they chose Microbiology as their Pre-Med major and how well the program prepared them for Medical School and a career in medicine. Our alumni invariably chose Microbiology because the curriculum prepared them for success on the MCAT and was highly relevant to Medical School. Some chose Microbiology because they were passionate about infectious disease, which is a major part of our curriculum. Others pointed to the many excellent career options in Microbiology, as alternatives to Medical School.

Dr. Aaron Frenette

Dr. Frenette graduated from the Microbiology program in 2009. He is currently a resident of diagnostic radiology at University of Kansas Medical Center. Dr. Frenette chose Microbiology because of "its transferability and relevance within human medicine".

Dr. Erin Wenzel

Dr. Wenzel Graduated from the Microbiology program in 2011. She is currently an MD specializing in Emergency Medicine in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Dr. Wenzel noted that "a degree in microbiology offered a lot of great career options had [she] not succeeded in getting into medical school."

Dr. Nathan Brunken

Dr. Brunken is a 2012 graduate from Microbiology. He is currently an MD specializing in Emergency Medicine in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. Dr. Brunken chose Microbiology because he was curious about infectious diseases.

Dr. Nicole Thorndal

Dr. Throndal is a 2014 graduate from the Microbiology program. She is currently completing a residency in Emergency Medicine at University of Utah School of Medicine. Dr. Thorndal was passionate about infectious disease and microbes from an early age. She switched to the Microbiology program after taking a class in microbiology.

Francis Landman

Francis graduated from Microbiology in 2016, and he is currently in his second year at University of North Dakota Medical School. He notes that "basic sciences are the backbone of any schooling in the medical field so microbiology was a good fit."

Collin Gradin

Collin graduated from Microbiology in 2016, and he is currently in his second year at University of Minnesota Medical School. Collin switched to Microbiology after taking his first microbiology class at NDSU.

Austin Hewitt

Austin graduated from Microbiology in 2017, and he is currently in his third year at University of North Dakota Medical School. Austin "made certain to pick a field [he] knew had employment opportunities of interest to [him]"

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