Molecular Genetics and Microbiology examines the molecular basis of genetics, the study of heredity, and of microbiology, which is the study of bacteria and viruses.


Students in one of our degree programs can focus on either genetics or microbiology while studying the basic science of both disciplines.

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Specialist program

is a research-intensive program and is designed to provide strong in-depth training in science, including critical analyses of scientific concepts and literature, advanced laboratory experience, and detailed understanding and application of molecular biology.

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Major Program

offers students fundamental training in molecular genetics and microbiology. Students tailor their own program and may focus on a microbiology major, a genetic major, or a combination; they choose a path to suit their specific interests.

Major Program in Genome Biology


is a program cosponsored with the Department of Cell and system Biology & the Department of Ecology and Evolution.