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The Department of Biology offers the B. S. degree in Microbiology. Microbiology is the study of unicellular and acellular organisms that include viruses, bacteria, fungi, algae, and protozoa. The levels of study range from ecology and interaction of microorganisms with each other, the environment and multicellular organisms to physiology and molecular genetics. The degree plan, approved by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM), provides the basic course work and laboratory experience for an individual to be employed at the baccalaureate level in various laboratory settings. These include both applied and research endeavors in clinical, governmental, and industrial laboratories. Microbiologists are employed in areas of: environmental (soil, water, air) monitoring; removal of toxic compounds through bioremediation; quality control inspection involving food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals; biotechnology enterprises; human and animal infectious diseases; antimicrobial drug discovery; improvement of crop production and prevention of plant diseases. This degree program also provides a strong basis for entrance into graduate study in any of these specialities. A minor in microbiology is also available.