What will I learn?

Environmental microbiology is a large and diverse field that addresses concerns such as soil fertility, water purity and quality, and safety of the food supply. Although environmental biology is concerned with all members of the biosphere and the geochemical surroundings, microorganisms are at the heart of the biological activities in the environment. Many of the environmental problems facing society are microbiological ones, or ones for which microbiological solutions may be found.

The Bachelor of Science degree program with a major in environmental biology/microbiology is designed for students who plan to pursue careers involving microbiology and the environment or who plan to pursue graduate study in microbiology and related environmental areas.

The educational objectives of the program are to:

  • Help students to acquire knowledge of microbiology and related environmental areas.
  • Prepare students to solve problems in environmental microbiology.
  • On completion of the program, the graduate may apply for certification with the National Registry of Microbiologists of the American Society for Microbiology.

The environmental biology - microbiology program is designed to prepare students for work and study in all aspects of the environment, especially those relating to environmental protection and remediation. It also prepares students for advanced study in environmental science, microbiology or other biological sciences, as well as some professional programs.

Graduates may apply for certification with the National Registry of Microbiologists of the American Society for Microbiology.

Which department am I in?

College of Natural Science

Study options

Full Time (120 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$41,330.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

2 September 2020, 11 January 2021

Venue

College of Natural Science

Natural Science Building,

288 Farm Lane,

EAST LANSING,

Michigan,

48824, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

If you are currently in upper secondary school: Official transcripts for grades 9, 10 and 11, and the latest available transcript for grade 12 (IB Diploma Programme) in a sealed, stamped envelope. If you completed upper secondary school: Official transcripts for grades 9-12 (including official copies of IB certificate and IB diploma), in a sealed, stamped envelope. MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

For international students

MSU strongly encourages a college preparatory curriculum in high school. High school GPA is 3.5-4.0.

Minimum English requirements

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): Internet-based test: score of 79 with no sub score below 17, Paper-based test: score of 550 with no sub score below 52, International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Regular admission: Score of 6.5 or higher, Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE A) - Minimum score of 53; minimum sub score requirement of 48.

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About this uni

International students enjoy a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, as well as a multicultural student population representing more than 140 countries.

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