MicrobiologyCollege of Arts and Sciences

What you will learn

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and other microbes. The science of microbiology revolves around two general themes:

  • Understanding basic life processes
  • The application of our understanding of microbiology for the benefit of mankind

Our microbiology major is an interdepartmental major that offers educational opportunities in various areas of microbiology. Students also take classes in biology, chemistry, physics, and math, and will do meaningful research in faculty labs. The microbiology electives are flexible, allowing students to focus on specific areas of interest.

Career Opportunities

A Bachelor's degree in microbiology prepares you to continue on to medical or graduate school, or enter the job market where microbiology graduates are in high demand in areas that include:

  • Medical, dental, veterinary, public health and pharmaceutical careers
  • Research and development positions in academic, government, or private industry labs
  • Environmental careers
  • Positions in emerging fields such as biofuels and bioenergy
  • Food industry and food safety
  • Forensic science
  • Education
  • Industrial product development and/or quality control and testing
  • Technical service and sales
  • Technical writing for scientific companies and publications

The NEBRASKA difference

We recognize that potential careers in microbiology are diverse and increasingly interdisciplinary, so we have built flexibility into our microbiology program. This allows students to develop a program of studies that best meets their personal goals.

Faculty in the microbiology program are drawn from several departments within the University. The courses they teach encourage active participation by students, and the microbiology program includes valuable laboratory research experience.




Microbiology undergraduates actively participate in laboratory research as part of their course of studies. Funds are available through the UCARE program to conduct independent research under faculty mentorship.

Diverse research experience is available in molecular as well as applied microbiological topics. The program will assist students in finding research opportunities that meet their interests and needs.