Majors & Degrees
As a microbiology student at the University of Arizona, you can expect a well-rounded education covering bacteriology, parasitology, mycology, immunology, virology, microbial physiology and microbial genetics. Our instructors will encourage you to get involved in undergraduate research opportunities and engage in courses that fulfill medical and graduate school prerequisites.
Five Focus Areas to Choose From
You may choose to focus on a specific area of microbiology depending on your interests and career goals.
Food Safety and Consumer Health: Study the close relationship between microbes and agricultural crops and food products, and how those microbes inhabit and contaminate food.
Plant Pathology and Microbiology: Explore the critical role that disease-causing microbes, including viruses, bacteria, fungi and nematodes play in limiting crop production.
Environmental Microbiology: Study how microbes and microbial products affect human health, the environment and industry.
Microbial Genomics and Biotechnology: Research microbial genes and genome organization, regulation, function and ecology and how they can be used to address human needs such as in the development and production of medications.
Medical Microbiology: Investigate the role of microbes in the human body and how they can both cause and prevent disease.