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Department of Biology and Microbiology


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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Tissue Atlas


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Graduate Program

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New instrument to help scientists examine molecular interactions

Understanding the interactions among DNA, proteins and other molecules will help scientists improve human and animal health and increase the sustainability of agriculture.

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Compounds from soybeans may improve animal health

Antimicrobial compounds that soybean plants produce when threatened by insects, diseases and even drought may help animals stay healthy, thereby reducing the need for antibiotics.

NIH grant helps unravel rare inflammatory genetic disorders

Assistant professor Jaime Lopez is investigating an enzyme called linear ubiquitin assembly complex, or LUBAC, that plays a central role in regulating cell death through a five-year, nearly $1.3 million National Institutes of Health RO1 grant.