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Microbiology

Degree or Minor: 
Undergraduate Degree
Green Concentration: 
No
UA College: 
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Degree Type: 
Bachelor of Science
Degree/Minor Description: 

Microbiology is the study of the biology of microorganisms and how they interact with their surroundings. Microbiologists study the interaction of microorganisms in the environment, how microorganisms play a role in the bioremediation of polluted areas, and what critical niches microorganisms play in the environment overall in order to make it function well. Specialization in the field of microbiology encompasses the study of the fundamental processes of bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites, as well as the study of host defense systems that counter microbial infection. Students who graduate with a microbiology degree have the opportunity to enter into careers of research, agricultural production, or environmental consulting. This degree also prepares them for graduate school in many fields.

Research Opportunities: 

Environmental Microbiology Group/Maier Lab: The Environmental Microbiology Group focuses on understanding the role of microorganisms in the environment and exploring the application of microorganisms and their products to benefit human health, the environment, and industry.

Undergraduate Biology Research Program: UBRP is a research program that enhances undergraduate education by partnering students with research opportunities to participate in mentored, self-directed work. Student projects are associated with biology-related fields that involve inquiry, design, investigation, research, scholarship, discovery, and the presentation of experimental results.

Maximizing Access to Research Careers: MARC is a unique research, mentoring, financial and academic opportunity for undergraduates belonging to a group considered underrepresented in biomedical research. This program allows students to receive financial support, gain research experience, and develop relationships with faculty and staff at the university.

Biomedical Research Abroad: Vistas Open!: BRAVO is a program that enables students to participate in research opportunities abroad related to the research students participate in at the University of Arizona. BRAVO promotes the advancement of collaborative projects involving UA biomedical and behavioral scientists. 

Environmental Virology Cell Culture Laboratory: The Environmental Virology/Cell Culture Lab does research on cell culture support and analyzes viruses in environmental samples. 

Rich Lab Soil, Water and Environmental Science Microbial Ecology Lab: The Rich Lab, also known as SWES-MEL, is a lab that does research on microorganisms and their impact on biogeochemistry and global change.

Biosphere 2: Biosphere 2 is owned by the University of Arizona and is an Earth systems science research facility that focuses on the Earth, its living systems, and sustainability. The facility is located in northern Tucson and serves as a center for research, outreach, and teaching. 

BIO5 Institute: The BIO5 Institute is at the leading edge of life sciences research, bringing together researchers from agriculture, medicine, pharmacy, basic science, and engineering. The main goal of BIO5 is to find bold solutions to complex, biology-based challenges affecting humanity.

Research Themes: 
Food Systems and Security
Natural Environment and Biodiversity
Science Engagement
Water