Why a Degree in Microbiology at Oregon State?

  • A B.S. in Microbiology can set you on a successful career path: three months after graduation, 95% of recent graduates have been employed in a microbiology-related field or accepted to a program for further education (graduate school or medically-related professional school).
  • With about 300 majors, we are small enough to offer personalized attention to each student.
  • An active Microbiology Students Association (MSA) engages in microbiology-related field trips and fun outreach activities to prospective (K-12) students. A select group of students attends the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) scientific conference to experience the exciting world of international research first-hand.
  • A requirement for three upper level Microbiology lab courses, combined with opportunities for experience in research laboratories, results in hands-on expertise that provides an advantage in the job market.  

Career Power

Most of our undergraduate majors participate in research activities in conjunction with professors, postdoctoral and graduate students. This experience can be a stepping stone to graduate studies. Higher ranking students can participate as teaching assistants, gaining valuable experience in instruction and supervision.  Oregon State has the only Microbiology Program in Oregon for both Undergraduate and Graduate degrees. A degree in Microbiology fulfills all the requirements for medical school. Some additional courses are required for dentistry, pharmacy, physician assistant programs, nursing and veterinary science. This link provides all the information for applying to medical school.

Career Opportunities

Careers at the National Inst. of Allergy and
Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
CDC Oregon Dept. of Agriculture
Columbia Food Laboratory Oregon National Primate Research Center
Exelixis Oregon Public Health Department        
Exova Sarepta Therapeutics
Immunology Consultants Laboratory, Inc. SIGA
InterPath State Crime Lab
Invitrogen Tillamook Cheese Factory
Kelly Scientific Resources U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Klamath Algae Products Washington State Dept. of Agriculture
Mitoscience Washington State Dept. of Health
National Frozen Foods Water Lab Technicians Job Site
NORPAC Waterlab Corporation