What does microbiology and molecular genetics include?
Microbiology/cell and molecular genetics are founded on experimentation conducted
in research laboratories, hospitals and field studies. Microbiologists study how microorganisms
interact with their environment, to harness their power for biotechnology. Cell and
molecular biologists investigate cellular processes using genetic and biochemical
Why microbiology/cell and molecular genetics at OSU?
Microbiology/cell and molecular biology majors at OSU study how microorganisms and
other cells interact with their environment and what processes happen within cells.
Understanding microorganisms and other cells can lead to the advances in biotechnology
and new strategies to treat diseases. Here, you will work with living organisms that
span the spectrum of microbial life and animal cells that contribute to immunological
responses. The Department of Microbiology/Cell and Molecular Genetics partners with
various scholar programs on campus, which provides support for college preparation,
connects you to various resources and nurtures your individual academic development.
Students interested in careers in microbiology/cell and molecular biology should have
broad interests in the biological sciences and an aptitude for biology and chemistry.
For some areas of specialization, an aptitude for mathematics and physics is also
essential. Our graduates have pursued successful careers in a variety of fields:
Medical Laboratory Scientist
Food and Safety Technology
Oil and Gas Industry
Medical Lab Specialist
"My favorite experience would probably be undergraduate research. I did a
lot of that... and I really learned a lot and it helped prepare me for graduate school,
which is the next step for me."