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Undergraduate Programs - Microbiology

Microbiology is the study of microscopic forms of life such as bacteria and viruses and the immune response to these microorganisms. It is a broad, multi-disciplinary field using techniques of genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, physiology, ecology, and pathology to study the biology of microorganisms from gene expression at the molecular level to the composition of populations of microorganisms.

Exciting discoveries involving microorganisms have important and far reaching implications for biotechnology, molecular biology, medicine, public health and the environment. AIDS and other important diseases present new and exciting challenges for microbiologists in the public health field; and advances in recombinant DNA technology, immunology, and the ability to manipulate the biology of microbial cells have revolutionized science and thrust microbiology into the center of the rapidly expanding arena of biotechnology.

Requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology at the University of Maine are satisfied with completion of at least 120 degree hours with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.0 overall in microbiology courses.

Requirements of the Microbiology Degree Program:

First Year Seminar:


Humanities and Social Sciences:






Molecular Biology:


Free Electives: (6 cr)

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Molecular & Biomedical Sciences
5735 Hitchner Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5735
Phone: (207) 581-2810 | Fax: (207) 581-2801E-mail: Chair:
The University of Maine
Orono, Maine 04469
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