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How Do I Get My First Position as a Microbiologist?

You'll need a solid foundation in reading, writing, math, computer science and communication.  Add to that biology, chemistry and physics, and you're on your way to becoming a microbiologist!

 
High School Courses Include:
Biology
Chemistry
English
Foreign Language
Math
Physics
Science
Speech
 
Undergraduate Courses Include:
Biological or Life Science
Calculus
Cell Biology
Chemistry
English
Environmental Microbiology
General Microbiology
Immunology
Microbial Genetics
Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry
Pathogenic and Applied Microbiology
Physics
Statistics
Virology

Review the ASM's recommendations for both undergraduate microbiology classes and programs for microbiology majors.

Curriculum Guidelines for Undergraduate Microbiology Courses and Microbiology Majors

Additional preparation could include participating in extracurricular science clubs, joining local and national scientific professional societies, like ASM, and participating in activities that develop hand-eye coordination, communication and team-building skills.

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