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The Microbiology undergraduate program is designed to train and equip students for leadership roles in their careers through their ability to critically analyze scientific evidence, deploy basic microbiological procedures, and communicate proofs and evidence effectively. The Microbiology Department strives to create authentic research and leadership experiences, display effective teaching practices, and offer outstanding mentorship for undergraduates.


Diana Downs inside her laboratory.
Dr. Diana Downs in her laboratory.


Microbiologists study the world of organisms that are too small to be seen with the naked eye. Some of these microorganisms are infectious agents to humans, animals, or plants. Many of these microorganisms, however, carry out important functions in their niches that are essential for all life on earth. Microbiologists study the interaction of microorganisms with people and how they affect our lives, as well as the roles these organisms play in the environment.

Why Study Microbiology?

  • Completing a Bachelors degree in microbiology provides the necessary foundation to enter the research workforce as well as continue an education in the medical, veterinary, dental, or graduate fields.
  • Microbiology incorporates various disciplines such as biochemistry, physics, genetics, and molecular biology into the study and application of microbes.
  • Combining microbiology with another discipline, such as education, business, or journalism, provides an even wider range of career options.

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Program Information and Resources

Major and Minor Degrees
Detailed information about undergraduate degrees

"The career opportunities to choose from as a microbiologist with a baccalaureate degree in microbiology include many technical, research, and clinical positions.  Many of our graduates also move into graduate and professional programs well-equipped from our rigorous courses and research experience."

Undergraduate Courses & Course Schedules
See all course descriptions and up to date course schedules

Access syllabi for current and past Microbiology courses.

Contacts for Undergraduate advisement

Directed Research Guide
Microbiology majors are encouraged to participate in undergraduate research. 

Internship Guide
Starting Fall 2021, students are now able to participate in an internship for their undergraduate research requirement. 

UGA ASM Student Chapter
Affiliated with the South East Branch of the national ASM organization, their mission is to promote education, research, and application of microbiology within Georgia.

Forms needed by students during their tenure at UGA.

Each spring and fall semester the department recognizes our graduating Microbiology seniors.

Careers in Microbiology
Several career academic, private, and public pathway resources

Support Microbiology at UGA

The Department of Microbiology appreciates your financial support. Your gift is important to us and helps support critical opportunities for students and faculty alike, including lectures, travel support, and any number of educational events that augment the classroom experience. Click to read more

Every dollar contributed to the department has a direct impact on our students and faculty.