What will I learn?

From the Greek words micros (small), bios (life), and logos (science), microbiology is the branch of science that studies microscopic forms of life, including bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi, protozoa, and parasites. Although most commonly thought of as causing infection and disease, microorganisms are often beneficial, with many uses in the pharmaceutical, biotech, food, and agricultural industries. A bachelor of science (BS) in microbiology provides direct entry into a number of employment opportunities in the private sector with medical, animal health, pharmaceutical, and biotechnology-based companies and with government laboratories such as the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the National Institutes of Health, and the United States Department of Agriculture. A degree in microbiology provides a strong science background which can be beneficial for specialization in such diverse careers as journalism (science and public health reporting) and law (biotech, environmental, medical, and patent law). This degree also provides excellent preparation for professional schools (medical, veterinary, dental, and nursing) and for admission to masters and PhD degree programs in numerous areas of study.

The faculty in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology has designed a comprehensive and challenging curriculum for this degree program. Subject matter to be covered includes microbial structure and physiology, genetics and genomics, pathogenic mechanisms, beneficial microbes, and the immune response. Supporting courses from other departments include mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and biochemistry. Numerous opportunities for undergraduate research are available. The microbiology courses are taught by faculty whose areas of expertise include bacteriology, immunology, parasitology, and virology.


You can do nearly anything with a Mizzou degree, but here are some common career paths taken by graduates of this major:

  • Biological Science Teachers, Postsecondary
  • Biological Technicians
  • Dentists, General
  • Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health
  • Epidemiologists
  • Food Science Technicians
  • Life Scientists, All Other
  • Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technologists
  • Medical Scientists, Except Epidemiologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Molecular and Cellular Biologists
  • Physicians and Surgeons, All Other
  • Quality Control Analysts
  • Soil and Plant Scientists
  • Veterinarians

Which department am I in?

College of Veterinary Medicine

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$24,812.00 per year
The tuition fee is based on 12 credit units each fall and spring semester

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

Start date

18 January 2022, 22 August 2022


College of Veterinary Medicine

1520 East Rollins,



65211, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must complete High School Coursework with 13 units (one unit = one year in class) with the following core coursework: Mathematics - Four units (algebra or higher), Science - Three units, Social Studies - Three units, Languages - Two units, Fine Arts - One unit.

Students must meet one of the following requirements:

  • GPA of 2.5 or higher on a U.S. 4.0 scale
  • GPA of 3.5 or higher on a U.S. 5.0 scale
  • Average grades of 80 or higher on a 100-point scale
  • Average grades of 8 or higher on a 10-point scale
  • IGCSE scores of C or higher in five or more subjects AND three A-level certificates with a C or higher

English Language Requirement:


Written test: 550 overall score no section score below 52
Online test: 79 overall score no section score below a 17


6.5 overall score no section score below a 6.0

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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