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.

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

Going the Distance!

Remote Instruction for MMG

To our current MMG students:

"We are ready and willing to help you adjust to this new way of instruction without sacrificing the quality that you have come to expect from MMG instructors and courses. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your instructors, primary academic advisors, and/or me.  

Of all the students on campus, you are the best prepared to understand the ramifications of this pandemic and to assist others through this difficult time. Stay safe, continue to participate in your classes, and let us know if there is anything we can do to help."

—Douglas Johnson, PhD, Vice Chair of Undergraduate Education for the Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics

Please check out UVM’s COVID-19 updates page, along with their page specifically for students and families, for more information.

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%