Microbiology & ImmunologyPrint
Topics of Study
In this program, you will study basic biological sciences, chemistry, and physics to learn about unicellular organisms and colonies, and subcellular genetic matter, such as bacteria, molds, viruses, fungi, and protozoa. General microbiology explains microorganism diversity, functions, growth, structure, genetic makeup, reproduction, and preservation. The program is usually coupled with immunology, the study of the biological mechanisms involved in pathogenesis of disease, and parasitology, the study of biological organisms living with host organisms.
- A bachelor's degree is adequate for some entry-level jobs, such as assisting in a lab or in research.
- A master's degree is sufficient for some jobs in applied research and for jobs in management, as well as in the fields of medicine, ecology, and health care.
- A Ph.D. is usually required for college teaching, independent research, and for advancement to administrative positions.