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Environmental Microbiology

Student working with faculty in a lab From plants to animals to air, microorganisms inhabit every facet of the world. Both beneficial and harmful, microorganisms play important roles in the areas of public health, plant disease, pollution and ecology. This program is ideal for students who want to have a career at the forefront of these industries.

Fast Facts

Diversify yourself

Become a better candidate for graduate or professional school by enrolling in the Accelerated Bachelor/Master Degree program.

Find your focus

Focus your study of the biological sciences by selecting an emphasis such as food, water, industrial or environmental microbiology.

Solve problems

From food safety to water quality, our students learn how to keep communities safe and healthy. 


  • Federal or state government laboratories (CDC, FDA, USDA)
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Healthcare industry
  • Food production specialist
  • Food safety and clinical laboratories
  • Private environmental consulting companies

Course Schedule

Freshman Year

Suggested Plan of Study

Fall Spring
AGRL 111 – Professions in Agriculture 
CHEM 116 – Fundamentals of Chemistry
ENGL 101 – Intro to Composition and Rhetoric PLSC 206 – Principles of Plant Science
CHEM 115 – Fundamentals of Chemistry
STAT 211 – Elementary Statistical Inference
MATH 150 – Applied Calculus GEF 5
Free Elective

For full suggested course schedule, class descriptions and more information on General Education Foundations (GEF) see the course catalog.