Undergraduate Program Overview


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.

The MMG Department offers a B.S. in Microbiology  and B.S. in Molecular Genetics . Our close-knit program brings students from both majors together for an introductory colloquium and capstone course in their first and last years, respectively. Students may also pursue a minor in either program and some choose to double major.

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



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%