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The microbiology department offers degrees in both microbiology and biohealth sciences. Our undergraduate microbiology major is the only B.S. degree in microbiology offered in the state of Oregon. Microbiology majors study beneficial and disease-causing bacteria, archaea, viruses and parasites in the context of human, plant and animal disease and the environment.

The biohealth sciences (BHS) major is designed for students seeking an interdisciplinary background in the life sciences, public health, and social sciences. This major consists of a comprehensive core with a strong biological and physical science foundation combined with a variety of health and social sciences courses in a unique blend formulated to meet the needs of students interested in a career in healthcare.


The microbiology department offers an excellent array of courses for biohealth and microbiology majors. Students gain understanding of topics including immunology, bacteriology and virology, and receive advanced opportunities for laboratory and field research experience. Students in both majors have the option to receive coursework targeted to enhance medical school preparation.

Access MB course syllabi 
Read about microbiology and BHS in the academic catalog 
See the 2024-2025 schedule of MB & BHS classes 

Learning outcomes

Student learning outcomes are learner-focused statements reflecting what a student will be able to do as a result of an instructional activity. Each outcome statement starts with a measurable action verb that indicates the level of learning, followed by a precise description of the learned behavior, knowledge or attitude.

University Baccalaureate Core requirements

The Baccalaureate Core (Bacc Core) Curriculum represents what the OSU faculty believes is the foundation for students' further understanding of the modern world. The Bacc Core requires students to think critically and creatively, and to synthesize ideas and information when evaluating major societal issues and draws from science and the humanities. More importantly, the Bacc Core promotes understanding of relationships among disciplines in order to increase students' capacities as ethical citizens.