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What does microbiology/cell 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 analyses.

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 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.

Career Paths

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:


Kristina Baker discusses Microbiology as her chosen major

"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."

- Kristina Baker
Sand Springs, Oklahoma

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Degree Options

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics offers two degree options:

  • Microbiology/Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Medical Laboratory Science

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