|Microbiology is the study of microscopic forms of life such as bacteria and viruses and the immune response to these microorganisms. It is a broad, multi-disciplinary field using techniques of genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, ecology, and pathology to study the biology of microorganisms from gene expression at the molecular level to the composition of populations of microorganisms.
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Exciting discoveries involving microorganisms have important and far reaching implications for biotechnology, molecular biology, medicine, public health and the environment. AIDS and other important diseases present new and exciting challenges for microbiologists in the public health field; and advances in recombinant DNA technology, immunology, and the ability to manipulate the biology of microbial cells have revolutionized science and thrust microbiology into the center of the rapidly expanding arena of biotechnology.
So this Department offers a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Master of Science in Microbiology. The program in microbiology provides many different choices of work and the degree allows one to seek a professional license in this discipline or a related discipline. Most professions associated with human or domestic animal health, require a background in microbiology (medicine, veterinary medicine, optometry, osteopathic medicine, laboratory technology, nursing, etc.). Also, many different pharmaceutical companies which produce physiologically-active drugs, antibiotics, vaccines, or, diagnostic systems, nutrition companies which produce various vitamins and/or amino acids for nutritional health, and companies which produce medical or biological research supplies, and/or hospital laboratory supplies, employ those trained in microbiology as laboratory personnel, or, as salespersons. Further, this degree prepares one for further study in several different life-science disciplines, or professional disciplines.
So the objective of these programs is to give students interdisciplinary training in contemporary biological research. The course of study is flexible and takes into account the student's goals in research, career objectives.