The Department of Microbiology offers courses in general microbiology, prokaryotic biology, medical mycology, pathogenic microbiology, bacterial genetics, molecular biology, environmental microbiology and biotechnology. Although a laboratory experience is included with some of these courses, the department also provides intensive laboratory training.
Students have the opportunity to develop a curriculum suited to their long-term objectives in a program offering both quality and diversity. The curriculum allows students to explore advanced topics in the physiology, genetics, pathogenesis and ecology of microorganisms as well as the use of microorganisms in industrial microbiology and biotechnology. Students are encouraged to perform a directed research project with some of the most notable microbiologists in the country or engage in another form of experiential learning. Browse our site to learn more about this degree program, faculty and staff, research opportunities, fellowships, and employment opportunities. We currently have about 150 undergraduate majors. Many of our graduating students go on to medical, dental, pharmacy, veterinary or graduate school at some of the most prestigious universities in the nation.
Beyond the Classroom
Students in the program are not required to conduct undergraduate research but are encouraged to do so within the Microbiology Department or within other departments on campus.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, microbiologists held about 22,400 jobs in 2014. Most microbiologists work in laboratories. Industries that employed the most microbiologists were: pharmaceutical and medicine manufacturing (21%); research and development in physical, engineering and life sciences (24%); federal government, excluding postal service (12%); state and local government, excluding education and hospitals (7%); and colleges, universities and professional schools (9%). Possible employers include Anheuser-Busch, Bio-Rad, Centers for Disease Control, Eli Lilly, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, GA Bureau of Investigation, GA Department of Natural Resources, GA State Department of Health, Genecor, Genentech, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft Foods, Lancaster Laboratories, Merial, Monsanto, New England Biolabs, Pfizer and United States Department of Agriculture.
Program Director, National Science Foundation.
All American, All Pro and Super Bowl winning tackle for the New Orleans Saints.
Former UGA football offensive guard; Former Assistant Team Physician for the U.S. Ski Team and U.S. Snowboard Team. Orthopaedic Surgeon in Athens, GA.
All American UGA gymnast on vault, bars and beam.
Tranfusion Medicine Fellow in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Emory University School of Medicine.
Principal Research Scientist at Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine where he studies the regulation of RNA polymerase I activity in eukaryotes.