Major in Microbiology
We now know that the human body houses ten times more bacteria than human cells, and that this 'microbiome' supports human health. This challenges the simplistic view that microbes are inherently 'bad'. One goal of microbiologists is to understand how microbes positively and negatively impact human health. Another key goal of microbiologists is to find new ways to use microbes to our advantage, such as engineering bacteria to synthesize cancer drugs or clean up toxic waste sites.
The microbiology major prepares students for advanced work in graduate programs in microbiology and related fields and serves as preparation for careers in the health sciences. Microbiologists find employment in a variety of governmental, industrial, and pharmaceutical fields.