Why Study Microbiology and Immunology?
Would you like to help prevent, cure, and manage infectious diseases and immune disorders, generate renewable energy from biomass, clean up toxic wastes in the environment, or control agricultural pests without using chemicals? How about solving practical problems related to food production and preservation? In the exciting fields of microbiology & immunology, you will find endless applications and opportunities to enhance the quality of life. Microbiologists study how microbes may impact human lives, and the environment. Microbiologists may work in hospitals, government agencies, universities, and private laboratories, as well as in many industries such as pharmaceutical, food, and biotechnology.
Purdue Northwest Advantage
At Purdue Northwest, a wide variety of courses in microbiology, immunology, and supporting areas (see back page) are available for students to choose from. Most of these courses have a lab component that allows students to learn laboratory skills and gain hands- on experience using standard testing methods as well as cutting edge molecular techniques. The Microbiology Concentration not only prepares students for careers in the various fields of microbiology, but also provides a solid foundation for graduate studies in biological sciences, forensic science, medicine, dentistry, optometry, and veterinary medicine.
Careers in Microbiology
Our baccalaureate graduates have successfully secured the following types of positions: research assistant or lab technician in clinical, industrial, food or environmental testing laboratories, sales or technical representatives of biotechnology companies. In addition, combining microbiology with another discipline such as education, business, and communication will offer wider career choices, which may include high school teaching, scientific sales, and scientific writing. A Masters degree will allow an individual to pursue similar positions but with more responsibilities such as a lab supervisor, or an instructor at a community or junior college. With a doctorate degree, an individual will be qualified to conduct independent research, teach in a university with undergraduate and/or graduate programs and pursue administrative positions in government and industry.
With the new appreciation of the role of microbes in human and environmental health, as well as their potential in biotechnology, microbiologists now work as integral members of interdisciplinary teams in hospitals, clinics, universities, industry, and government. They are on the cutting edge of science.
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Rachel Schmagranoff Lab Technician at Astbury Water Technology Inc.
“I am extremely pleased with how everything has worked out for me since I graduated with a microbiology concentration in December 2014 from Purdue University Calumet (now PNW). I have always been fascinated by the usage of microorganisms environmentally, which led me to choose this major. The course that had the greatest impact on me was Environmental Microbiology.
While it was a very tough course, succeeding in it granted me high satisfaction. Because of this course and its lab training, along with the environmental research that I did, I was able to land my first job the very same day that I interviewed. Not only was my boss impressed with my resume, the CEO of the company personally reached out to me about how excited he was to have me as part of their establishment.
Since starting work at Astbury Water Technology one month ago, I have already taken on responsibilities of training other lab personnel in wet chemistry methods, Quanti-Tray bacterial counts and calculations, and will soon be in charge of examining the health of the treatment plant by identifying characteristic microorganisms that inhabit their biofilms. All in all because of my background in this program, I received a job very quickly after I graduated and have since proven my competence to my boss and co-workers.”