Microbiology is the study of small life forms such as bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Microbes can be both harmful and beneficial to health, the environment, and society. Many microbes are also common research organisms that are used in furthering our understanding of the fundamental properties of life, and in discovering new medical treatments such as antibiotics, vaccines, and potentially gene therapy for inherited disorders.

About the Major

The Microbiology major offers a foundation in biological principles with specialized courses in microbes (bacteria, viruses, fungi), immunology, and molecular genetics. As a Microbiology major you learn to identify, alter, or manage the microbes of the world to benefit the larger world around us. 

The Microbiology major at OWU has been described by professors at other universities as "an unusually excellent microbiology education."

Keywords: medicine, health careers, infectious disease, agriculture, ecosystems, environment, advanced research, laboratory science, field research, pharmaceutical areas, biotechnology, public health, epidemiology, food safety, fermentation, microbiome, pro-biotics, antibiotics, bioremediation, water treatment.

Other majors in the Biological Sciences:

Biology Genetics Botany
Zoology Pre-Professional Zoology Neuroscience
Environment & Sustainability Health & Human Kinetics Biochemistry (Dept. of Chemistry)


Graduate Outcomes

OWU biological science graduates are working around the globe in highly varied fields. Examples of employment include: Applied Biomolecular Technologies, Astrix Technology Group, Battelle Memorial Institute, Cardno ChemRisk, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Wil Research Laboratories, and Cincinnati Children’s, Marion General, and Nationwide Children’s hospitals.

Alumni Profiles of Microbiology students


Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3500
F 740-368-3999

Department Contact

Chair: Laurel Anderson
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center Room 243