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For more information:

Ms. Faye Chatman
Program Director
129 Flynt Bldg.
UGA Griffin Campus
1109 Experiment St.
Griffin, GA 30223-1731
(770) 229-3016
fcasgrif@uga.edu

Do you want to earn a bachelor’s degree in microbiology?  Do you want to pursue a career in a science-related field? Do you plan to pursue graduate study in the biological sciences or to enroll in medical school or pharmacy school?

Do you want to fulfill these goals “right here in your own backyard”—without having to move to Athens or commute into downtown Atlanta?

The good news is that you can do so: a UGA degree is closer than you think!  The University of Georgia offers an undergraduate degree-completion program at its Griffin Campus designed to give you the background you need to achieve these goals.

About the Program

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The University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts & Sciences launched its Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Microbiology on the Griffin Campus in Fall 2007.

The BS degree with a major in Microbiology is a liberal arts degree with the major course work concentrated in the biological sciences.  The major course work of this degree prepares students for a number of careers and for advanced studies.  A bachelor’s degree in microbiology provides students a solid foundation for a number of professional programs:

  • veterinary medicine
  • dentistry
  • medicine (including MD, DO, and physician assistant), and
  • pharmacy
The BS in Microbiology also prepares students for advanced degrees in the biological sciences, for example, Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

The UGA Griffin Campus

The B.S. degree in Microbiology was designed to provide residents of Spalding County and the surrounding area interested in earning a bachelor’s degree that emphasizes the biological sciences the opportunity to achieve that goal.

The University of Georgia is proud to offer this BS degree-completion program at its Griffin Campus, located in Griffin, Georgia, about 40 miles south of Atlanta.  Originally established in 1888 as the Georgia Experiment Station, the UGA Griffin Campus is now a world-renowned research facility.  Students in the BS in Microbiology degree program at the UGA Griffin Campus will have ample opportunities to benefit from the practical experiences that can be provided by the research environment of the Griffin Campus, where students will have a unique opportunity to combine classroom instruction with research experiences.

The Griffin Campus features modern classrooms and laboratories as well as the newest instructional technology systems for both on-site and distance learning.  The campus’s instructional facilities were further enhanced when the Student Learning Center opened in August 2009.  Students choose the UGA Griffin Campus because they recognize the quality and value of a UGA degree, and they desire the atmosphere of a small college that offers the advantages of small class sizes while at the same time providing the benefits of a major public research university.

Who should apply?

This degree program is a superb choice for students interested in a career in a science-related field or those planning to seek admission to professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, veterinary medicine, etc., or to graduate programs in the biological sciences.

A major in Microbiology offers an excellent background for a variety of careers and advanced training.  The career opportunities to choose from as a microbiologist will depend on the level of education and training one receives. A baccalaureate degree in microbiology will help individuals qualify for many technical, research, and clinical positions.

Some of these positions include: 
(1) Research assistant, providing technical support to conduct research working in a team with other scientists and a research director;
(2) Food, industrial or environmental microbiologists and quality assurance technologists, working in industry, hospitals, or the government;
(3) Sales or technical representative, providing information about pharmaceuticals and other medical or scientific products to prospective customers;
(4) Clinical and veterinary microbiologists and medical technologists.  In addition to these laboratory and technical jobs, there are several other career paths one can take with bachelor’s degree in microbiology. Combining microbiology with another discipline, such as education, business, or journalism, provides an even wider range of career options, including regulatory affairs, scientific sales, science writing for the general public, public relations, public policy, or teaching in high school.  The demand for educated workers in careers related to the biological sciences is expected to grow substantially in the coming years.

To do some career exploration on your own, check out the excellent resources available on these web sites:

What Are the Requirements for Entry to the Program?

Students seeking entry to the program must have completed at least 60 semester hours of transferable course work with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.80. In addition to having completed pre-calculus, students must have completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: the general chemistry and general biology lab course sequences for science majors, and organic chemistry I and II, both with lab. Students are also strongly encouraged to complete Calculus I, introductory statistics, and the physics sequence (lecture and lab) before enrolling the program.

What Are the Requirements for the Major?

The major consists of nine upper-division courses (29-33 semester hours of course work), with five required courses (17 semester hours): Introductory Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Introductory Microbiology, Introductory Microbiology Lab, and Prokaryotic Biology. Students must complete an intensive laboratory course and two 4000-level microbiology courses, selected from courses such as Pathogenic Bacteriology, Microbial Diversity and Evolution, and Bacterial Symbioses. A biology elective—chosen from areas such as cell biology, physiology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and ecology—rounds out the major. Students also have the option of doing directed research to complete the biology elective requirement.

Whom Should I Contact for Further Information?

Ms. Faye Chatman
Program Director
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
UGA Griffin Campus
129 Flynt Bldg.
1109 Experiment St.
Griffin, GA 30223-1731
Phone: (770) 229-3016
Fax: (770) 229-3399
fchatman@uga.edu

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