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Department of Biology and Microbiology

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The Biology and Microbiology Department at South Dakota State University offers Undergraduate (BS) and Graduate (MS and PhD) degrees in Biological Science. Undergraduate students can major in Biology, Human Biology, Biotechnology and Microbiology, and also follow specialized tracks to prepare for medical and other health-related careers, and for careers in Secondary Education. We offer a broad array of courses taught by 34 faculty members using informed approaches to teaching and offering hands-on laboratory experiences. Graduate students pursue research in infectious diseases, microbiology and mammalian and plant cell and molecular biology. The research faculty provide an intellectually vibrant, collegial and interdisciplinary research environment.

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Pre-Health Professional Programs

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Majors

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Publications

Tissue Atlas

Research

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Graduate Program

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Undergrad Summer Research Opportunities

Department of Biology and Microbiology News

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SDSU biology professor receives Fulbright to Norway

Professor Charles Fenster has received an award from the Fulbright scholar program to do research in Norway.

SDSU microbiology student improves soybean meal digestibility

Soybean meal is an important source of protein for animal feed, but it’s not perfect.

Guidebook helps managers restore diversity to isolated populations

SDSU professors Michele Dudash and Charles Fenster are among an international group of scientists who recently published a guidebook for genetically managing isolated plant and animal populations.