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What does microbiology and molecular genetics include?

Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is 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.

Why microbiology and molecular genetics at OSU?

Here you work with living organisms that span the spectrum of microbial life. The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is excited to work with the various scholar programs on campus, which provide support for college preparation, connect you to various resources, and nurture your individual academic development.

Career paths

Students interested in careers in microbiology 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:
Various healthcare careers and programs including: Medical School, Veterinary School, Dental School, Professional Schools.

  • Law School
  • Medical Laboratory Scientist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Forensics
  • Genetics Counselor
  • Food and Safety Technology
  • Oil and Gas Industry
  • Biofuel Industry
  • Medical Lab Specialist


Student Success

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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OK-LSAMP is a consortium of Oklahoma colleges and universities working together to develop programs to increasing the number of students from under-represented populations who receive degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. 

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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