Top Microbiology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

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Some of the best schools for microbiology are public 4-year institutions. Take a look at the programs offered at several schools to see which one is the best fit for you.

Three of the top schools to offer microbiology programs are located thousands of miles apart: Michigan State University, the University of California - Berkeley, and Arizona State University (ASU). These schools are recognized as being among the top universities in the nation and their respective regions by U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review. Michigan State University offers master's and doctoral degree programs in the field, while the graduate-level program at the University of California - Berkeley offers four specializations. Arizona State University, on the other hand, has both graduate and undergraduate degrees in the field.

Michigan State University in East Lansing

Michigan State offers 10 graduate programs in microbiology. The Princeton Review rated Michigan State University as one of the best Midwestern colleges in its 2017 edition. The school was also ranked tied for 33rd best top public school by U.S. News & World Report on its 2017 list.

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at this university serves three medical colleges. Undergraduate degrees in microbiology are offered at the school's College of Natural Science and Lyman Briggs College. Master's degree programs are offered through the College of Human Medicine, the College of Osteopathic Medicine, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. A Ph.D. in Microbiology is also available at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Michigan State also offers master's and Ph.D. degree programs in the combined fields of microbiology and molecular genetics and a doctoral degree program in microbiology and environmental toxicology. At the graduate level, students can expect to take classes such as microbial genetics, eukaryotic molecular genetics, cell structure, molecular virology, and integrative microbial biology.

University of California - Berkeley

The University of California - Berkeley was named the top public school in the country in 2016 by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of California - Berkeley the 20th-best national university in 2016. In 2014 the university was ranked 3rd-best school to offer graduate microbiology programs by U.S. News & World Report. In its 2017 edition, The Princeton Review described the university as one of the best colleges in the West.

The graduate program for microbiology at Berkeley has four specializations. These specializations include ecology and evolution, genetics and development, host-microbe interactions, and physiology and biochemistry. Some of the classes that have to be completed to graduate from these programs include biology of fungi, biology of algae, plant virology, microbial diversity, and plant molecular genetics.

Arizona State University in Tempe

Arizona State University was U.S. News & World Report's top pick for the most innovative college in the country for 2017. In 2016, The Princeton Review labeled Arizona State University as one of the best western colleges. The School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University offers several degree options.

At the bachelor's level, students can earn a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology. A concentration in biomedical sciences is also available. The biomedical sciences option is geared towards students interested in attending medical school. The school also offers a 5-year joint Bachelor of Science/Master of Science degree. Master of Science and Ph.D. in Microbiology programs are also available to students.

Top Microbiology Programs

There are many more top schools with degree programs in microbiology:

School Name Location Distinction
New York University New York, NY Ranked #36 among all national universities, according to U.S. News & World Report in 2016
Pennsylvania State University University Park, PA The University Park campus derives research funding from the National Institutes of Health and the Cancer Research Institute
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Champaign, IL Microbiology students have access to 21 research laboratories
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Ann Arbor, Michigan In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university as the 19th-best school offering graduate programs in the biological sciences
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Minneapolis, MN Students can attend microbiology, immunology, cancer biology, and leadership seminar series
University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX Core facilities cover microscopy & imaging, DNA sequencing, macromolecular crystallography, and more
University of Wisconsin - Madison Madison, WI In 2014, U.S. News & World Report ranked the university the 18th-best school with graduate-level biological sciences programs

Michigan State University, Arizona State University, and the University of California - Berkeley are three of the top schools in the country, all with exceptional microbiology degree programs. Each is highly regarded by both U.S. News & World Report and the Princeton Review.

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