The Department of Microbiology offers courses in general microbiology, prokaryotic biology, pathogenic microbiology, bacterial genetics, environmental microbiology and biotechnology. Although a laboratory experience is included with some of these courses, the department also provides intensive laboratory courses.
Students in our program are broadly trained in biological, chemical and physical sciences. Following introductory courses in biology and chemistry, students explore advanced topics in the physiology, genetics, pathogenesis and ecology of microorganisms. As you browse our site you will have the opportunity to discover the quality and diversity of our program. You will find out about our degree program, faculty, staff, students, research opportunities, seminar series, and other information of interest. We currently have about 220 undergraduate majors in the department. Many of our graduating students go on to medical, dental, pharmacy or graduate school at some of the most prestigious professional and graduate schools in the nation.
Beyond the Classroom
Students in the program are not required to conduct undergraduate research but are encouraged to do so. There are opportunities for students to participate in undergraduate research within the Microbiology Department or within other departments on campus.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, microbiologists held about 20,100 jobs in 2012. Most microbiologists work in laboratories. Industries that employed the most microbiologists were: pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing (23%); research and development in physical, engineering and life sciences (23%); federal government, excluding postal service (14%); state and local government, excluding education and hospitals (11%); and colleges, universities and professional schools (9%). Possible employers include Anheuser-Busch, Bio-Rad, Centers for Disease Control, Eli Lilly, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, GA Bureau of Investigation, GA Department of Natural Resources, GA State Department of Health, Genecor, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Lancaster Laboratories, Merial, Monsanto, New England Biolabs, Pfizer and United States Department of Agriculture.
Chief Resident in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine
Senior Research Scientist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine where he studies the regulation of RNA polymerase I activity in eukaryotes.