B.S. in Microbiology

The B.S. program in Microbiology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences prepares graduates for employment or advanced study in fields requiring knowledge of microorganisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi, viruses) and how they interact with other living organisms.

Such fields include health care, public health, biotechnology, pharmaceutical sciences, and the medical equipment/supplies industry.

Depending on the student’s goals, one of three tracks will be chosen in consultation with the microbiology advisors in the Department of Basic and Social Sciences.

The tracks are as follows:

Biomedical Microbiology Track
Provides students with the knowledge of how infectious diseases occur.

Public Health/Infectious Disease Track
Teaches the skills relevant to the prevention and control of problems arising from infectious diseases.

Industrial/Pharmaceutical Microbiology Track
Emphasizes areas that include the prevention, investigation, and control of microbial contamination.

Career Pathways

Food safety issues, environmental concerns, increasing antibiotic resistance, and the emergence of new diseases are all expected to contribute to job growth for microbiologists.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the total employment of microbiologists is projected to grow at a 13% rate between 2010-2020. The mean annual wage for a microbiologist as of 2010 was $65,920.

Employment opportunities include positions as research technicians, drug analysts, industrial microbiologists, public health administrators, public health biologists/epidemiologists, and biotechnologists.

These opportunities may occur in settings ranging pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities to international health agencies to research laboratories.

Graduates will also have an excellent foundation for advanced study in areas that include immunology, virology, and molecular biology. They may also pursue entrance into a professional school program (e.g., medicine, veterinary, public health).