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Top Microbiology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

The study of microorganisms, microscopic and unicellular organisms, is referred to as microbiology. Scientists in the field study these organisms in an attempt to learn about a number of subjects such as virology, bacteriology, mycology and parasitology. The purpose of these studies is to study immunology and learn about the immune system.

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Top U.S. Microbiology Schools and Colleges

Michigan State University

The Princeton Review rated Michigan State University as one of the best Midwestern colleges in its 2011 edition (www.princetonreview.com). The school was also ranked #79 by U.S. News and World Report on its 2011 list of best schools nationwide. 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 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.

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  • Address: East Lansing, Michigan 48824
  • Phone Number: (517) 355-1855

University of California-Berkeley

U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of California-Berkeley #22 on its list of top schools in the United States in 2011. In its 2011 edition, the Princeton Review described UC Berkeley as one of the best public values in terms of financial aid and 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.

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  • Address: University Ave., Berkeley, California 94720
  • Phone Number: (510) 642-6000

List of Twenty Great Microbiology Schools and Colleges in the U.S.

School Name Total Student EnrollmentAddressPhone Number
Arizona State University 68,064 Tempe, Arizona 85287 (480) 965-9011
Ohio State University-Main Campus 53,715 190 N. Oval Mall, Columbus, Ohio 43210 (614) 292-6446
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 51,659 100 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455 (612) 625-5000
The University of Texas at Austin 50,995 Austin, Texas 78712 (512) 471-3434
Texas A & M University 48,702 College Station, Texas 77843 (979) 845-3211
Michigan State University 47,071 East Lansing, Michigan 48824 (517) 355-1855
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus 45,185 201 Old Main, University Park, Pennsylvania 16802 (814) 865-4700
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 43,881 601 E John St., Champaign, Illinois 61820 (217) 333-1000
New York University 43,404 70 Washington Sq. South, New York, New York 10012 (212) 998-1212
Indiana University-Bloomington 42,347 107 South Indiana Ave., Bloomington, Indiana 47405 (812) 855-4848
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor 41,674 440 Church St., Ann Arbor, Michigan 48109 (734) 764-1817
University of Wisconsin-Madison 41,654 500 Lincoln Dr., Madison, Wisconsin 53706 (608) 262-1234
University of Arizona 38,767 1401 E University, Tucson, Arizona 85721 (520) 621-2211
Rutgers University-New Brunswick 37,366 83 Somerset St., New Brunswick, New Jersey 08901 (732) 932-1766
University of Maryland-College Park 37,195 College Park, Maryland 20742 (301) 405-1000
University of California-Berkeley 35,830 University Ave., Berkeley, California 94720 (510) 642-6000
California State University-Long Beach 35,557 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach, California 90840 (562) 985-4111
University of North Texas 35,003 Chestnut Ave., Denton, Texas 76203 (940) 565-2000
University of Georgia 34,885 Athens, Georgia 30602 (706) 542-3000
University of Southern California 34,824 University Park, Los Angeles, California 90089 (213) 740-2311
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