Virology is the study of viruses and the diseases caused by viruses. Read on to discover more about the education required to become a virologist. In addition, this article provides information about possible career areas and salaries.

Inside Virology

Viruses are microorganisms that can rapidly duplicate to make exact copies of themselves. The field of virology explores these organisms as well as viral syndromes and infections, such as AIDS, SARS and hepatitis. Individuals seeking a career in virology can choose between a career in the lab and one in the field treating patients. Graduates from virology programs may take various positions in medical, veterinary and pharmaceutical research, among other fields. Virology degree programs are more commonly offered at the master's and doctoral degree levels.

Education Information

Generally, bachelor's degree programs are in biology or microbiology with courses in virology, which give students an introduction to and a foundation in the discipline of virology. Students may take part in graduate programs leading to a master's degree in laboratory medicine with a concentration in microbiology and virology or a master's degree in virology.

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