Do you want to earn a bachelor’s
degree in microbiology? Do you want to pursue a career in a science-related
field? Do you plan to pursue graduate study in the biological sciences
or to enroll in medical school or pharmacy school?
Do you want to fulfill these goals “right here in your
own backyard”—without having to move to Athens or commute into
The good news is that you can do so: a UGA degree is closer
than you think! The University of Georgia offers an undergraduate
degree-completion program at its Griffin Campus designed to give
you the background you need to achieve these goals.
About the Program
Degree Check Sheet
The University of Georgia’s Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
launched its Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in Microbiology on
the Griffin Campus in Fall 2007.
The BS degree with a major in Microbiology
is a liberal arts degree with the major course work concentrated
in the biological sciences. The major course work of this degree
prepares students for a number of careers and for advanced studies.
A bachelor’s degree in microbiology provides students a solid foundation
for a number of professional programs:
The BS in Microbiology also prepares students for advanced degrees in the biological
sciences, for example, Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy
- veterinary medicine
- medicine (including MD, DO, and physician assistant), and
The UGA Griffin Campus
The B.S. degree in Microbiology was designed to provide residents
of Spalding County and the surrounding area interested in earning
a bachelor’s degree that emphasizes the biological sciences the
opportunity to achieve that goal.
The University of Georgia is proud
to offer this BS degree-completion program at its Griffin Campus,
located in Griffin, Georgia, about 40 miles south of Atlanta. Originally
established in 1888 as the Georgia Experiment Station, the UGA Griffin
Campus is now a world-renowned research facility. Students in the
BS in Microbiology degree program at the UGA Griffin Campus will
have ample opportunities to benefit from the practical experiences
that can be provided by the research environment of the Griffin
Campus, where students will have a unique opportunity to combine
classroom instruction with research experiences.
Griffin Campus features modern classrooms and laboratories as well
as the newest instructional technology systems for both on-site
and distance learning. The campus’s instructional facilities were
further enhanced when the Student Learning Center opened in August 2009.
Students choose the UGA Griffin Campus because they
recognize the quality and value of a UGA degree, and they desire
the atmosphere of a small college that offers the advantages of
small class sizes while at the same time providing the benefits
of a major public research university.
Who should apply?
This degree program is a superb choice for students interested
in a career in a science-related field or those planning to seek
admission to professional programs in medicine, pharmacy, dentistry,
veterinary medicine, etc., or to graduate programs in the biological
A major in Microbiology offers an excellent background
for a variety of careers and advanced training. The career opportunities
to choose from as a microbiologist will depend on the level of education
and training one receives. A baccalaureate degree in microbiology
will help individuals qualify for many technical, research, and
Some of these positions include:
assistant, providing technical support to conduct research
working in a team with other scientists and a research director;
(2) Food, industrial or environmental microbiologists and
quality assurance technologists, working in industry,
hospitals, or the government;
(3) Sales or technical representative, providing
information about pharmaceuticals and other medical or scientific
products to prospective customers;
(4) Clinical and veterinary
microbiologists and medical technologists. In addition
to these laboratory and technical jobs, there are several other
career paths one can take with bachelor’s degree in microbiology.
Combining microbiology with another discipline, such as education,
business, or journalism, provides an even wider range of career
options, including regulatory affairs, scientific sales, science
writing for the general public, public relations, public policy,
or teaching in high school. The demand for educated workers in
careers related to the biological sciences is expected to grow substantially
in the coming years.
To do some career exploration on your own, check
out the excellent resources available on these web sites:
What Are the Requirements for Entry to the Program?
Students seeking entry to the program must have completed at least
60 semester hours of transferable course work with a minimum grade
point average (GPA) of 2.80. In addition to having completed pre-calculus, students must have completed the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: the general chemistry and general biology lab course sequences for science majors, and organic chemistry I and II, both with lab. Students are also strongly encouraged to complete Calculus I, introductory statistics, and the physics sequence (lecture and lab) before enrolling the program.
What Are the Requirements for the Major?
The major consists of nine upper-division courses (29-33 semester
hours of course work), with five required courses (17 semester hours):
Introductory Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Genetics, Introductory
Microbiology, Introductory Microbiology Lab, and Prokaryotic Biology. Students must complete
an intensive laboratory course and two 4000-level
microbiology courses, selected from courses such as Pathogenic Bacteriology, Microbial Diversity and Evolution, and Bacterial Symbioses. A biology elective—chosen from areas such as cell biology, physiology, evolutionary biology, genetics, and ecology—rounds out the major. Students also have the option of doing directed research to complete the biology elective requirement.
Whom Should I Contact for Further Information?
Franklin College of Arts & Sciences
UGA Griffin Campus
129 Flynt Bldg.
1109 Experiment St.
Griffin, GA 30223-1731
Phone: (770) 229-3016
Fax: (770) 229-3399