Microbiology (B.S.)

ABOUT

Influenza! Plague! Ebola! Anthrax! You've seen them in the movies and on TV — microbes are everywhere. But did you also know that microbes helped in the Gulf oil spill? That one day your car may run on gas produced by microbes? That fungi produces antibiotics that may one day save your life? Microbiology majors take a closer look at all these issues and more. Are you interested in infectious disease? At Clemson, you can pursue a general microbiology degree or you can choose to do a major concentration in biomedicine. If you choose to follow the general microbiology curriculum, you'll take one class in each of these three areas — biomedicine, environmental, food and industrial microbiology. Microbiologists seek to describe and characterize organisms in structure, function and processes of reproduction, growth and death at cellular and molecular levels. They are also interested in the ecology of microbes and the interaction with higher-level organisms. 

FAST FACTS

  • Clemson is home to a world-class advanced light imaging facility that supports education and research.
  • Undergraduate research opportunities are available in medicine, biofuels, bioremediation and more.
  • Our graduates go on to medical, dental and pharmacy school as well as graduate school for their Ph.D.
  • We offer a concentration in biomedicine, which is great for students planning to pursue a career in the medical field.

WHAT YOU'LL STUDY

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology: With a wide choice of electives, the microbiology curriculum allows you the flexibility to take courses for a minor in a different discipline, which will help you prepare for a career in your specific interest area. The general microbiology degree requires a course from a select list in each of the following areas: biomedicine, environmental, and food safety, industrial and technology microbiology.

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology-Biomedicine Concentration: Suited for students planning postgraduate studies, especially in infectious disease. This concentration allows students to take more courses related to human health and disease. In addition, you'll be required to take additional biomedical courses that you'll choose from a predetermined list.

Popular Minors

  • Chemistry
  • Biochemistry
  • Food Science
  • Genetics
  • Legal Studies
  • Modern Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Wildlife and Fisheries Biology

EXPERIENCES BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Outside the classroom, microbiology majors participate in various clubs, conduct independent research projects, gain experience in internship positions, and find time to study abroad.

 You'll have a chance to conduct research through a wide offering of Creative Inquiry teams. These student teams take on research under the guidance of faculty mentors and often present their findings at conferences or in publications.
 Each year students travel to Costa Rica to work under the supervision of physicians and dentists. Students gain hands-on medical and/or dental experience and learn about tropical diseases and the country's health care system.
 The Clemson Light Imaging Facility is a state-of-the-art light-imaging suite that houses advanced light microscopes equipment from Leica, Nikon and Zeiss.
  Gain teaching experience by serving as an undergraduate teaching assistant in laboratories offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

AFTER GRADUATION

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It's about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of our most recent students.

RECENT EMPLOYERS

  • Associate Scientist

    Pfizer

  • Technical Associate

    Milliken & Company

  • Microbiologist

    S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control

  • Environmental Microbiologist

    Bausch & Lomb

RECENT POSTGRADUATE STUDIES

  • Ph.D. Neuroscience

    Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

  • Pharm.D.

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

  • MD

    Medical University of South Carolina

  • J.D.

    University of South Carolina

COMMON CAREER AREAS

    • Research and Development
    • Basic and Applied
    • Quality Control
    • Administration
    • Grant Writing
    • Health Care
    • Medicine
    • Dentistry
    • Optometry
    • Podiatry
    • Pharmacy
    • Veterinary Medicine
    • Allied Health
      • Occupational Therapy
      • Physical Therapy
    • Medical Technology
    • Nuclear Medicine
    • Organismal Biology
    • Botany and Plant Sciences
    • Zoology, Ecology and Wildlife
    • Marine and Aquatic
    • Systematic and Taxonomy
    • Entomology
    • Genetics
    • Education
    • Formal Classroom Teaching
    • Informal Teaching and Outreach

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