Bachelor of Science


Microbiology

We are surrounded by micro-organisms. Trillions of tiny organisms undetectable to the naked eye. More than 90% of these organisms pose little risk to humans - it’s the remaining ones that we need to monitor. In this group are the microbes that cause infectious diseases from Avian Flu to Zika Virus. It's the microbiologist's job to find out how this happens and what can be done to minimize the threat to human health.

Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Overview
Do a search of the most popular college majors, and you will almost certainly find Biology in the top 10. But Biology majors often struggle after graduation because they lack the specialized knowledge that pharmaceutical and biomedical employers covet, and their broad-based education makes it difficult to distinguish themselves among other graduate school applicants.

That is not the case with the Microbiology program at ACPHS - one of just two such programs in New York State. Our program is focused on the micro-organisms (e.g., bacteria, fungi, viruses) that cause disease in humans.

Through its research emphasis and specialized tracks of study, you will observe micro-organisms, study their behaviors, track their spread, and learn what can be done to minimize the risks they pose to humans.

It all leads to a differentiated degree that prepares you equally well to immediately seek employment or continue your education in a graduate or professional school.
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Coursework
All Microbiology students complete the core curriculum and one of the three tracks described below. The expected completion time for the program is four years.

The core curriculum consists 39 credits of Basic Sciences, 33 credits of Microbiology, 14 credits of Humanities and Communication, and 21 electives (for a total of 107 credits).

Each track contains 9-11 credits of required courses and 5-6 credits from a list of approved track electives.

An added benefit of studying Microbiology at ACPHS is that all of our academic programs are centered around human health. This means there is a wide range of elective courses available to you on campus should you want to take a class(es) in related disciplines.
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Specialized Tracks of Study
All students in the Microbiology program must select one of three tracks. Which track you choose will depend on your career goals. And if you’re not sure which track is right for you, one of the faculty members in the program will help you find the best fit.

BIOMEDICAL MICROBIOLOGY TRACK – Learn answers to fundamental questions such as how and why infectious diseases occur. This track is recommended for students interested in laboratory-based research and who plan to attend a graduate or professional school.

PUBLIC HEALTH MICROBIOLOGY/INFECTIOUS DISEASE EPIDEMIOLOGY TRACK – Learn how we track the prevalence and spread of infectious diseases. The research associated with this track is computer-based and takes place outside the laboratory. This track is also geared towards those seeking to continue their education.

INDUSTRIAL MICROBIOLOGY/PHARMACEUTICAL MICROBIOLOGY – Learn the skills required to assure the quality and sterility of products ranging from food to pharmaceuticals. This track is recommended for students who plan to enter the workforce immediately following graduation.
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Research Opportunities
Research is an essential component of the Microbiology program. Starting in the spring of your first year, you will begin learning basic research techniques. Year Two will build upon this foundation and give you additional experience with the day-to-day activities of a research lab. Your research skills will be further strengthened in Year Three when you take six credits of biomedical lab techniques.

In your final year, you will perform a research project under the mentorship of a faculty member. This “capstone” project represents the culmination of all that you have learned during your four years as a student.

The early and sustained exposure to research means it is possible for you to possess a portfolio of research experience upon graduation that is comparable to students in other colleges' graduate programs. That experience can provide a powerful advantage when seeking your first job or applying to graduate school.
Bachelor of Science in Microbiology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Outcomes
If you decide to continue their education, you will be well prepared for Master’s or Ph.D. programs in Microbiology, Immunology, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology. ACPHS's own master's degree in Molecular Biosciences would also be an excellent fit.

The Microbiology program provides the coursework and research experience that will also position you well for Medical School, Veterinary School, and Dental School.

Should your plans be to seek employment immediately following graduation, opportunities for microbiologists include settings ranging pharmaceutical manufacturing facilities to international health agencies to research laboratories.

A look at what our recent graduates are doing and the plans of students currently in the program offers a good guide to some of the opportunities available to you:

- Employed at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
- Enrolled in the master’s program in Molecular Biosciences at ACPHS
- Applying to Medical School
- Interning at the New York State Public Health Laboratory