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Microbiology Major


Admission Requirements

Understand the Impact of Microorganisms

 Gain a Breadth of Microbiology Knowledge

Explore varied topics throughout the program, from deep sea ecosystems, or the normal microbial inhabitants of the human body, to practical matters of public health.

 Access Top Tier Research Labs

In your upper years, you have the opportunity to access some of the University of Guelph’s outstanding research labs and facilities through coursework or independent research projects.

 Gain Hands-on Experience Through Co-op

With optional co-op, discover the medical, industrial and environmental impacts of microorganisms and learn about the methods used to study and utilize them for biotechnology or bioremediation.

Why Microbiology?

In this major, you will study how micro-organisms interact with and impact the world around us, and explore the evolving diversity of  bacteria, viruses, archaea, and fungi. Applications of microbiology range from antibiotic development and resistance to the relevance of the gut micro-flora in diseases, to  yeast production for beverage and food development. 

Students in the Microbiology program may also be interested in studying Animal Biology, Biodiversity, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Zoology, or other majors.

Microbiology Course Calendar

Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

The Microbiology co-op is a five-year program, which includes four work terms, and helps to provide invaluable experience in hands-on scientific settings, providing skills and experience to boost your resume and fast-track your career.

Microbiology Co-op Calendar


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