Undergraduate Program Overview

MMG Lab

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) exists within two colleges: the Robert Larner, MD, College of Medicine (LCOM) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS). Our unique position allows undergraduates to interact with faculty from diverse departments such as Animal Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology. It also allows student research opportunities in laboratories doing biomedical research (LCOM) and prepares you to go on to study for an advanced M.D. or Ph.D. degree in medicine, biotechnology, microbiology, and biochemistry.

MMG majors are uniquely qualified to explore career options in bioinformatics, biomedical ethics, genetic counseling, secondary school science teaching, or something as divergent as patent law. Our graduates have an excellent track record of admittance into top-notch medical and graduate schools and/or in acquiring high-paying laboratory research jobs upon graduation. If you're interested in furthering your education or career in Biomedical Sciences or the biopharmaceutical industry, then a Microbiology or Molecular Genetics major or minor is where you should be!

Why we stand out!

  • Small classes and access to faculty.
  • Hands-on classroom laboratory experiences.
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate advising.
  • A first-year colloquium in which students meet with the faculty to discuss research projects and contemporary issues in the field.
  • We encourage undergraduates to get involved in cutting-edge research projects in such areas as DNA repair, infectious diseases, bioinformatics, structural biology, and developmental genetics.
  • Internship opportunities outside the UVM campus abound.

Requirements, courses & student stories

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Student Stories

Advice from Grads...

Carolyn Marquis, Molecular Genetics '19

Alumni by the Numbers:

  • In research-oriented professions: 44%
  • In medically-oriented professions: 39%
  • In other professions: 17%
  • Degrees to Vermonters: 40%

Jacqueline Diaz Microbiology 2019

"The MMG department has helped me grow so much from both a personal and professional standpoint. As a graduating senior I feel prepared to enter the world of research based on the skills and knowledge I have acquired from being a part of this program and taking their classes. The faculty members were what really stood out to me though; they have all been so helpful and supportive, and incredibly knowledgeable. It has been such a wonderful experience being a part of MMG!"

- Jacqueline (Microbiology '19)