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Small stuff. Big rewards.

Microbiologists work in medicine, government, public health laboratories, research laboratories, and industrial laboratories for food, dairy, chemical, pharmaceutical, and genetic engineering companies. Get ready for important work with great prospects.

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95% of our recent graduates are employed in a microbiology-related field or accepted into a graduate program within 3 months of graduating.

Meet a microbiology major

Meet Jai, a microbiology major and transfer student at Oregon State’s College of Science. Jai shares experiences that include fascinating microbiology labs, working with advisors and faculty, prepping for a rewarding career and much more.

Our students make a difference

One department, many areas of study

From food microbiology, to human and animal health, to coral reef and deep ocean research, to microbiomes and genomics, Microbiology at Oregon State is rich with diverse and collaborative fields of study. By the time you graduate, you will be career-ready and bring impressive hands-on experience to the workforce.