What will I learn?

Programs are designed to prepare students for careers in microbiology with emphasis in medical microbiology, immunology, molecular biology, virology, microbial physiology, microbial ecology, microbial genetics, and environmental microbiology. The Microbiology curriculum has two options: Microbiology (with various tracks) and Medical Laboratory Science. There is also a Biotechnology curriculum with a Microbial Systems option. Some courses in these options require additional course fees.

Microbiology Option

In this option, students obtain a thorough education in the fields of medical, ecological, physiological, and environmental microbiology, immunology, virology, and molecular biology. This curriculum is excellent preparation for:

  • graduate study in microbiology and other fields of the biological sciences
  • medical, dental, and other professional schools
  • careers in industry, university, institute, and government laboratories

There are several tracks a student can choose within this option to tailor their studies to their interests. These include the Microbiology Track, the Pre-Medical Track, the Pre-Veterinary Track, the Environmental Track, and the Environmental Health Track.

Medical Laboratory Science Option

This option is designed to prepare students for careers in Clinical Laboratory Science. Students develop competence in a range of medically-oriented fields including immunology, medical bacteriology, virology parasitology, hematology, mycology, and chemistry. Foundations in molecular biology and statistics are also emphasized.

Which department am I in?

College of Letters and Science

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$25,850.00 per year

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

Start date

31 August 2020


College of Letters and Science

Montana State University,

2-205 Wilson Hall,



59717, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Freshmen will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record.

For international students

Freshmen will be considered for admission on the basis of their secondary school record and their English proficiency. Applicants who can prove their English language proficiency and have a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.5/4.0 on a U.S. scale will qualify for admission.

English Proficiency Examination:

  • Internet-based TOEFL test (iBT): 71
  • Revised TOEFL Paper-delivered test: 56
  • Paper-based TOEFL test (PBT): 525
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • iTEP: 3.7
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): 55
  • PTE Academic: 48
  • APIEL: 3
  • English3: 58
  • EIKEN: Pre-1

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About this uni

MSU is the largest research entity in Montana and is in the top 3% of institutions in the U.S for research expenditure.

  • Top 3% of U.S. institutions for research expenditure
  • MSU has more than 300 fully equipped research labs
  • Over 250 academic options
  • The 26th most technologically advanced university globally