The science of microbiology includes the study of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses, as well as beneficial yeasts, antibiotic-producing organisms, and cyclic environmental bacteria.

Program Description

The science of microbiology includes the study of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses, as well as beneficial yeasts, antibiotic-producing organisms, and cyclic environmental bacteria. Training in microbiology can lead to positions in hospitals, research laboratories, commercial food and beverage enterprises, environmental laboratories and pharmaceutical institutes.

Microbiology Major

The following courses, in addition to those required for the AS-T, AA-DTA or AA - Option B degree, should be completed for transfer to a microbiology program:

  • BIOL& 160: General biology w/lab
  • BIOL& 211-13: Major: Cellular/Zoology/Botany
  • BIOL& 260: Microbiology
  • CHEM& 161-163: General chemistry w/lab I-III
  • CHEM& 261-263: Organic chemistry w/lab I-III
  • MATH& 151: Calculus I (or MATH& 148)
  • PHYS& 221-223: Engineering physics I-III (or PHYS& 121-123)

Apply to Pierce College

Enrollment is open throughout the year. Start in the fall, winter, spring, or summer quarters. Special funding assistance may be available for unemployed workers or low-wage working parents.

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TRANSFER DEGREE

A university transfer degree from Pierce College satisfies the first two years of coursework required at four-year colleges and universities, but at a fraction of the cost.

TRANSFER POSSIBILITIES

Transfer students should complete the curriculum recommended in the Biology Transfer I program, which is the recommended curriculum for pre-professional programs (pre-medical, pre-dental, pre-chiropractic, pre-veterinary, microbiology, cell biology, college and high school teaching, etc.)

TRANSFER CREDITS

One course, BIOL& 260 (Microbiology) is accepted for transfer to professional programs; the other, MICRO 110 (Introduction to clinical microbiology), serves students in the veterinary technology or medical lab technician programs.

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Program Contacts

Ronald May
Dean of Health and Technology
253-964-6736
Dale Blum
Biology Professor
253-840-8368