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Program Overview

Microbiology applies the tools of chemistry, genetic engineering, genome sequencing, and computational modeling to the study of microorganism properties including metabolism, pathogenesis, beneficial interactions, and complex communities. Microbiologists use this information to develop treatments for infectious diseases, to devise strategies for increasing food supply, to produce useful chemical compounds, to predict the effects of human activity on ecosystems, and much more. This is an excellent degree for majors who desire advanced degrees in the medical and dental fields, or who wish to pursue graduate-level work in areas such as pathogenesis, immunology, drug discovery, and microbiome studies.

Program Summary

Program Credits: 53.0 - 59.0 Credits

Status: Open Enrollment

Introductory Course: MMBIO 151


To learn more, schedule an appointment with Life Sciences Advisement at 801-422-3042.

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Beyond The Classroom

Engaging in internships, mentored research, associations and clubs related to your program is an important step in linking your education with the real world. These experiences enhance your education and prepare you for both further schooling and your future career.

Occupations and Employers

Possible Occupations

With a Bachelors

  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technician
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technician
  • Quality Control System Manager

With a Masters

  • Epidemiologist
  • Medical Scientist
  • Lab Technician
  • Research Scientist

With a Doctorate

  • Professor
  • Patent Agent
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Scientific Editor
  • Medical Scientist
  • Biotechnology Entrepreneur

Potential Employers

  • Nelson Laboratories
  • Edwards Life Sciences
  • King Abdullah University Hospital (Jordan)
  • Yarmouk University Medical School (Jordan)
  • Laboratories (industrial, federal, and hospitals)
  • Hospitals
  • Federal and state government agencies
  • Pharmaceutical companies
  • Veterinary Clinics
  • Group/private practice
  • Hospitals
  • Clinics
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Mental health institutions
  • Armed Services

Meet Your Academic Advisor: Lisa Buzan

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Lisa grew up in Michigan and is proud to be from the state that gave us Motown music, Ford motor cars, Greenfield Village, Mackinac Island, and Kellogg’s corn flakes.

After coming to BYU, where she received a degree in Child Development and Family Relationships, she moved on and spent time living in California’s San Fernando Valley as well as Las Vegas before returning to BYU as an academic advisor.

Lisa once went skydiving and would do it again in a heartbeat! She also enjoys movies, plays, museums, historical sites, genealogy, and “cat naps” with her cat, Goodwin.

To schedule an appointment to meet with Lisa, contact the Life Sciences Advisement office at 801.422.3042 or by visiting 2060 LSB.

Office Hours: M-F 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. Closed for devotionals and holidays.