5004 Agriculture Building, (307) 766-3139
FAX: (307) 766-3875
Program Director: Dr. Gerard Andrews
Microbiology is the study of life forms too small to be observed without the aid of magnification; major groups of microbes include the bacteria, fungi (yeasts and molds), protozoa, and algae, as well as the viruses. In addition, related disciplines such as immunology and molecular biology are included because of their historical origins within microbiology.
As such, the science of microbiology is divided into numerous subspecialty areas that reflect not only the individual groups of microbes (e.g., bacteriology, virology, mycology, etc.), but also their significance in applied areas (e.g., medical microbiology/infectious diseases, microbial ecology, food microbiology, industrial microbiology, biotechnology, etc.) or in areas of basic science (e.g., molecular genetics). Throughout its history, microbiology has played a key role in the development of our understanding of basic biochemical and genetic processes, control of infectious diseases, production of increased and improved food supplies, and the production of numerous commercial products. With the development of molecular techniques to construct genetically engineered microbes, microbiologists will continue to make expanding contributions in these and other areas.
Because microbiology is a diverse science, individuals trained as microbiologists find exciting career opportunities in many areas of the basic and applied sciences. Typically, microbiologists are employed in five major sectors: private industry; clinical laboratories; government agencies; universities; and various other settings such as water treatment, food production/inspection facilities, and other public health-related areas. Recent manpower assessment studies at both the national and regional levels have provided evidence for a continuing and expanding need for microbiologists such that successful undergraduate students completing this program may look forward to exciting careers. In addition, undergraduates trained in the microbiological sciences are well prepared for competitive application to graduate school programs and professional programs in human or veterinary medicine, optometry or dentistry.
The bachelor of science degree program in microbiology is organized as an interdepartmental major involving the collaborative teaching, advising, and research expertise of more than 20 microbiology faculty from the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Arts and Sciences, and Health Sciences. The program is administered by a Program Director and the Interdepartmental Microbiology Steering Committee, representing each of the participating colleges. Students obtain their degree in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Additional information about the microbiology program may be obtained at the following website address and by contacting the Program Director or one of the members of the Interdepartmental Microbiology Steering Committee listed below.
- GERRY ANDREWS, Veterinary Sciences
- BERIT BANGOURA, Veterinary Sciences
- BLEDAR BISHA, Animal Sciences
- GRANT BOWMAN, Molecular Biology
- ELIZABETH CASE, Veterinary Sciences
- BRIDGET DECKER, Molecular Biology
- JASON GIGLEY, Molecular Biology
- MARK GOMELSKY, Molecular Biology
- MYRNA MILLER, Veterinary Sciences
- EUNSOOK PARK, Molecular Biology
- BRANT SCHUMAKER, WWAMI Medical Education Program
- KERRY SONDGEROTH, Veterinary Sciences
- HOLLY STEINKRAUS, Molecular Biology
- LINDA VAN DIEPEN, Ecosystem Science and Management
- DANIEL WALL, Molecular Biology
- RACHEL WATSON, Chemistry
- JOHN WILLFORD, WWAMI Medical Education Program
- KASSANDRA WILLINGHAM, Molecular Biology