Welcome to the Program of Applied & Environmental Microbiology


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Applied & Environmental Microbiology Overview

The Applied and Environmental Microbiology (AEM) program is ideal for students who desire a career at the forefront of human and plant health, the pharmaceutical industry, food science and the environment.

The Bachelor of Science degree in Applied and Environmental Microbiology is one of the 6 undergraduate fields of study offered within the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences. Graduates will not only be prepared to be productive team members in a variety of settings including microbial ecology, soil microbiology, environmental microbiology and plant pathology, but also for further educational training at the graduate level, or for professional schools including medical, dental and optometry.

Minors can be combined with major fields to broaden or further focus the student’s academic studies. Those students that are interested in learning more about the beneficial and harmful roles of microorganisms in a variety of diverse environments can chose a minor in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Applied and Environmental Microbiology is one of the areas graduate students in the Division of Plant and Soil Sciences can choose from a thesis or nonthesis option for a master's degree. The M.S. program in Applied and Environmental Microbiology provides advanced study in such areas as microbial ecology, soil microbiology, and the public health aspects of water and food microbiology. Emphasis is directed toward the role of microorganisms for treatment of wastes, cycling of elements and nutrients in soil and water, for production of food and industrial products, and as pathogens transmitted through food and water.

Doctoral level graduate students can pursue a Ph.D. in Agricultural Sciences with an emphasis in Applied and Environmental Microbiology.