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Microbiology (B.S.)

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The study of living microorganisms & infectious agents.

Microbiologists study microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi and some types of parasites. They try to understand how these organisms live, grow and interact with their environments.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Enjoy laboratory work.
  • Are curious about life.
  • Enjoy problem solving.
  • Appreciate science and the scientific method.
  • Enjoy thinking abstractly.

Career Opportunities

  • Microbiologist lab technician
  • Food, feed and bioproducts manufacturing
  • Production and quality control in the food and dairy industry
  • Vaccine development
  • Master's or Ph.D.

Recent Employers

  • Healthcare industry/labs
  • POET
  • Valero
  • 3M
  • SGS
  • Bel-Brands
  • RTI
  • Graduate school

Internship Opportunities

  • 3M
  • Novartis
  • Prairie AquaTech
  • Mayo Clinic
  • On-campus labs (industrial microbiology, biochemistry, molecular microbiology, food science, dairy science)

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.