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Microbiology, B.S.

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Microbiology Degree

Learn about the microbial world and how microorganisms interact with each other and other living and nonliving components of their environments.

Why Study Microbiology?

Connect one-on-one with faculty, fellow students, and other professionals through classroom instruction, hands-on learning, and internships:

  • Study the shape, morphology, genetic and metabolic processes that occur in microscopic and sub-microscopic organisms.
  • Learn about bacteriology, virology, immunology, biotechnology, industrial microbiology, public health microbiology, environmental microbiology, and genetic engineering.
  • Participate in a foundational experience focused on microorganisms through extensive classroom instruction, guided laboratory experiences, and independent research experiences.

Receive personalized attention and top-notch instruction in a supportive environment:

  • Our Stairs to Success developmental plan for success will guide you through your time at Keystone.
  • 100% of students receive financial aid.
  • Over 150 scholarships are awarded yearly.


Dr. Jessica Faux
Program Director

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Program Goals

  • Demonstrate competency in specific content knowledge.
  • Apply the scientific method to address specific scientific problems.
  • Demonstrate competency in laboratory skills, laboratory safety, and laboratory technology.
  • Demonstrate competency in academic technology, including but not limited to writing technology, analysis technology, presentation technology, and bioinformatics technology.
  • Evaluate and articulate the outcome of research and laboratory experiments.
  • Apply mathematical formulas to analyze quantitative and/or qualitative scientific data.
  • Design and implement an original research study; collect and analyze data; and draw conclusions based on data collected.

Exceptional experiences.
Giant outcomes.


Keystone student-to-faculty ratio


increase in jobs over the next 10 years


Median annual salary for environmental careers

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What can I do with a Microbiology degree?

Graduates of the program will be prepared to work in hospitals, universities, medical schools, and government laboratories. Technical, research, and clinical careers exist in many different industries such as medicine, agriculture, nutrition, biotechnology, and more.

Microbiology Students Working In Lab


  • Coral Reef Labs
  • Focus Laboratories
  • Merck
  • Quantus
  • Sanofi Pasteur

Career Options

  • Clinical Immunologist
  • DNA Technoligist
  • Fermentation Technologist
  • Quality Control Analyst
  • Research Scientist
  • Virologist
Small School Big Science

From internships and experiential learning opportunities to travel and conferences, you’ll have many opportunities to conduct real-world experiences, work with your peers and mentors in your chosen field, and learn first-hand the latest skills to succeed in the real world.

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Participate in a foundational experience focused in the biological, environmental, and chemical sciences through extensive classroom instruction, guided laboratory experiences, and independent research experiences.


Connect with professionals through  hands-on learning and internships such as: Geisinger Health Systems, Sanofi Pasteur, and Merck.

Science Student Conducting Research
Science Students With Nicole Diette


Students in the Forensic Science and other science clubs participate in individual projects and observe group demonstrations, and attend various conferences and excursions.

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Featured Faculty

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Robert D. Cook, PhD, PG

Professor of Physical Science   
Nicole Diette, PhD

Nicole Diette, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biological & Physical Sciences
Jessica Faux, PhD

Jessica Faux, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Joseph Iacovazzi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biology
John B. Minora

John B. Minora

Instructor of Chemistry
Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Linda Tucker Serniak, PhD

Assistant Professor of Botany
Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Vicki A. Stanavitch, PhD

Associate Professor of Public Health and Chair of Biological and Physical Sciences and Mathematics

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