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Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Michigan State University

2215 Biomedical Physical Sciences East Lansing, MI 48824-4320

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Overview

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers three Bachelor of Science degree programs: one in Microbiology, one in Genomics & Molecular Genetics, and one in Environmental Biology/Microbiology. All three degree programs offer sound fundamental education and training in modern cellular and molecular biology. Not only do these programs provide the foundational experiences for advanced study in theoretical and practical areas, such as research, medicine, agriculture and biotechnology, but they also prepare the student to join the work force on completion of the B. S. degree. Careers at the B. S. level are available in the pharmaceutical, food, and other biotechnology industries or in medical or environmental venues or in government or universities. More information about careers may be obtained from our parent scientific society, the American Society for Microbiology.

Additional information about our specific programs may be obtained from the Department by email or by telephone (517) 884-5284.

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BS in Microbiology. Microbiology is the study of the microbes, that is, of the viruses, prokaryotes (bacteria and archaea), and the essentially one-celled eukaryotes (algae, protozoa, fungi). Study of the multi-cellular parasitic worms of humans and other animals is often included, as well. Moreover, the cell biology of higher plants and animals is also a relevant part of the study material of microbiology, as are the host responses to microbes that cause disease, that is to say, pathogens. Microbiologists study the structure and function of these organisms and cells, with an eye to their impact on human activities and the environment. The program of study prepares the student for work in microbiology or for advanced study in microbiology or other biological sciences, as well as serving as the basis for professional studies, such as medicine, dentistry, or forensic or clinical laboratory science. Students study chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics and then proceed to the detailed courses of the program, as given below. It is worth noting that one of the advantages of this program is an opportunity to participate in an on-going research project that contributes to the student’s graduation requirements.

Information about this or other MMG degree programs may be obtained from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics by email () or by telephone (517) 884-5284.

College of Natural Science Microbiology requirements

Lyman Briggs College Microbiology requirements

BS in Genomics and Molecular Genetics. The fields of Genomics and Molecular Genetics continue to expand. Genomics generally involves study of large collections of genes and the interactions of their gene products, with an eye toward understanding how genes are regulated or evolve. Molecular geneticists study individual genes and gene products and their manipulation for a variety of purposes, such as in industry or medicine. As examples, the expression of human genes in bacteria for biomedical purposes or the detection and treatment of genetic disease mutations fall into the realm of molecular genetics. This program of study prepares the student for work in genomics or in molecular genetics or for advanced study in genetics, genomics, or other biological sciences, as well as serving as the basis for professional studies, such as medicine, dentistry, or forensic or clinical laboratory science. Students study chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics and then proceed to the specific courses of the program, as given below. It is worth noting that one of the advantages of this program is an opportunity to participate in an on-going research project that contributes to the student’s graduation requirements.

Information about this or other MMG degree programs may be obtained from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics by email () or by telephone (517) 884-5284.

College of Natural Science Genomics & Molecular Genetics requirements

Lyman Briggs College Genomics & Molecular Genetics requirements

BS in Environmental Biology/ Microbiology. The degree in Environmental Microbiology prepares students for work and study in the areas related to all aspects of the environment, especially relating to environmental protection and remediation. It is important to recognize that microbes are, as a group, by far the largest and the most versatile forms of life. Consequently, there is no life-supporting environmental niche in which microbes fail to flourish. Often, their activities play the critical role in shaping the environment on which other living things depend. Both biodegradation, the desirable, and biodeterioration, the undesirable, biological breakdown of materials in the environment are relevant. The program of study also prepares the student for advanced study in environmental science, microbiology or other biological sciences, as well as serving as the basis for some professional programs. Students study chemistry, biology, physics and mathematics and then proceed to the specific courses of the program, as given below. It is worth noting that one of the advantages of this program is an opportunity to participate in an on-going research project that contributes to the student’s graduation requirements.

Information about this or other MMG degree programs may be obtained from the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics by email () or by telephone (517) 884-5284.

College of Natural Science Environmental Biology/ Microbiology requirements

Lyman Briggs College Environmental Biology/ Microbiology requirements