A Microbiology or the study of microorganisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi, etc.) and is an option of study in the Bachelor of Science in Biology. A majority of courses in the department have a laboratory component in addition to classroom lecture. Students planning to major in Microbiology should complete three years of mathematics and one year each of biology, physics, and chemistry in high school.

Possible Career Paths

Microbiology prepares students for a broad spectrum of job opportunities, including:

  • Teaching
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Quality Control
  • Research

Many students majoring in Microbiology pursue graduate degrees through the Master of Science in Biology available at WIU, or at medical or professional schools.

Why choose Microbiology at WIU?

Few biology departments offer research and field experiences to undergraduates - a strength of our department is our commitment to undergraduate research.

Class sizes are small; usually held to 14 students, allowing each student to view material presented, ask questions, and handle the study organisms directly.

Faculty diversity and experience

  • Most of our faculty members hold Ph.D. degrees and have active, productive research programs.
  • For a small, comprehensive university in the Midwest, our faculty study a diverse spectrum of biological disciplines:
    • Microbiology
      • Molecular Biology
      • Virology
      • Industrial Microbiology
      • Archea
A Solid Commitment to Undergraduate Education
  • Our courses are taught by faculty members, not graduate students.
  • Our institution has an active faculty advisor program and an active career advising/career development program.
  • The comprehensive university environment of WIU provides a curriculum which includes a variety of courses that provide a strong background in the natural and social sciences, humanities, and writing, while still allowing students to pursue their individual interests.
  • We have libraries with Internet access to biology journals, and easily accessible computer labs for student use.

Research Opportunities for Undergraduates

  • We welcome students into our research groups as part-time workers, interns, and research assistants (see our Faculty page).
  • Opportunities are available for undergraduates to pursue independent research projects (see our Faculty page).
  • Our diverse department offers many field and laboratory opportunities for students to pursue biology research.

At A Glance

Degrees Available:

  • B.S.
  • M.S.

Major: Yes

Minor: Yes

Graduate Degree: Yes

Campus: Macomb

Study Opportunities:

  • GradTrac
  • Honors

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