Undergraduate Studies

Microbiology Degree Program

Microbiology Degree Program

Microbiology is both a basic and an applied science that studies microorganisms and their activities. It is concerned with their form, structure, reproduction, physiology, and identification. It includes the study of their distribution in nature, their relationship to each other and to other living things, their beneficial and detrimental effects on human beings, and the physical and chemical changes they make in their environment. Employment opportunities in industrial, government, hospital, and private laboratories and agencies are excellent for qualified graduates. Areas in which the unit is prepared to direct research include the biology of membranes, bioremediation, molecular genetics, molecular basis of cell-cell interactions and virulence, microbial differentiation, cellular and tumor immunology and the regulation of the immune response.

The Microbiology degree program offers options in general microbiology and medical technology, leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology. Requirements for the general microbiology option and for the medical technology option are the same except that Biol 418 is required for the medical technology option. An additional year in an accredited school of medical technology is required after graduation for those interested in becoming certified medical technologists.

Suggested Schedule of Studies

The links below will refer you to suggested course schedules for the Microbiology and Medical Technology Degree option. A grade of C or better is required in all MBioS courses taken to meet graduation requirements. None of these courses may be taken pass/fail.

Microbiology/Molecular Biology or Medical Technology (updated Nov 2021)

Student Learning Goals in Microbiology

At the completion of a Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology a graduate will have acquired:

  1. An understanding of the major concepts in the molecular biosciences and an awareness of how these concepts are integrated from the molecular through the organismal level.
  2. The necessary critical thinking and quantitative reasoning skills, and the ability to apply those skills, to identify and solve biological problems at the cellular, molecular, and structural levels.
  3. The skills necessary to effectively communicate, both orally and in writing, key scientific findings in the molecular biosciences to lay and professional audiences.
  4. The scientific literacy necessary to become an informed citizen of a diverse, ever changing, global society, and to engage in a lifetime of scientific learning.
  5. The relevant ethics education and exposure necessary to encourage the highest levels of professionalism and humanism.

Student Learning Outcomes in Microbiology

Before Graduating with a degree from SMB, a student will:


  1. Be competitive for professional and graduate studies and/or employment


  1. Identify the modern foundational knowledge underlying Biochemistry, Cell Biology, Genetics, and Microbiology.
  2. Recognize relevant ethical concepts related to scientific publication and research conduct.


  1. Perform basic laboratory techniques used in molecular bioscience research (e.g. light microscopy, gel electrophoresis, PCR, protein analysis).
  2. Design, perform, and quantitatively/qualitatively evaluate the results of laboratory experiments.
  3. Locate, retrieve, and evaluate scientific information, especially including primary literature, with regards to its adequacy, value, and logic.
  4. Prepare oral and written reports in standard scientific formats.


  1. Decide that studying the molecular biosciences is rewarding and relevant to everyday life experiences.
  2. Appreciate the importance of the ethical implications of scientific issues in society.

Honors Students

Honors students complete Honors Requirements in place of General Education Requirements.

For more information on Academic Program:

Email: smbugrad@vetmed.wsu.edu
Phone Number: 509-335-1276
Office: Biotechnology/Life Sciences 102

Washington State University