Microbiology & Immunology

In HG. Wells’ classic, War of the Worlds, the novel ends with the narrator in a war-torn London, where he stumbles upon the remains of an alien race whose invasion is stopped in its tracks thanks to none other than earth’s tiniest organisms. Although in this story they saved the day by affecting only the aliens, they are also capable of having profound effects on the earth’s inhabitants as well. If you’re interested in separating the science from the science fiction and studying the real way these microbes interact with their environments, then you may wish to major in microbiology.

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UTSA’s Microbiology & Immunology Program

UTSA’s Microbiology & Immunology degree blends the disciplines of genetics, organic chemistry and cellular biology to examine and analyze microscopic organisms like bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi and parasites. Through extensive coursework and lab experience, you’ll acquire the microbiology skills necessary to grow, identify and control various types of microorganisms—even the ones that healthcare professionals find most concerning! After earning your degree, you’ll find work as a Microbiologist where you’ll study how microbes live, grow and interact with their environments. 

Careers in Microbiology and Immunology

Top job titles for Microbiology and Immunology graduates include:

• Microbiologist
• Laboratory Technologist
• Quality Control Analyst
• Quality Systems Manager
• Medical Scientist
• Biological Technician
• Biologist

Microbiology and Immunology and its related career pathways are currently in lower than average demand in San Antonio in the 2018-2019 financial year. US States/Regions with high demand for related jobs include Boston, MA, San Francisco, CA and Philadelphia, PA. More than 144,000 Microbiology and Immunology-related job opportunities existed nationwide in 2018-19.

Career Resources

UTSA’s University Career Center offers several resources to help students identify and develop the global skills necessary to successfully pursue and achieve lifelong career goals.

Please note that there are additional admission requirements that need to be met in order to be admitted into this major. View all of UTSA’s specific admission requirements here.

Industries for Microbiology and immunology Graduates

Microbiology and Immunology is a widely applicable major as businesses and organizations across several industries require staff and services related to this major. The industries that posted the largest number of microbiology and immunology-related positions over 2018-19 included:

• Scientific Research
• Pharmaceutical Manufacturing
• General Hospitals
• Human Resource Administration
• Higher Education
• Engineering Related Services
• Government

Salaries for Microbiology and Immunology Graduates

The salary range for open microbiology and immunology-related positions in the US between November 2018 and October 2019 were:

lowest 10% $37,376
median $55,520
top 10% $83,231

Source: Burning Glass

Skills and Interests for Microbiology and Immunology Majors

While many skills and interests translate to potential careers as a Microbiology and Immunology graduate, some are more commonly sought after than others. Microbiology and Immunology may be a good fit for you if:

• You enjoy working with others
• You enjoy learning
• You like solving problems and puzzles
• You are well organized
• You are detail oriented

Scholarships Offered:

  • San Antonio Livestock Exposition, Inc. Scholarship – Upperdivision
    • Major: Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Microbiology & Immunology
    • Must be enrolled in the Honors College
    • GPA: semester 2.5+
    • Must be a Texas permanent resident of Bexar, Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina, Wilson, Frio, Karnes, or Kerr Counties
    • Must be a graduate of a Texas public, private, or home school within the last two years

Student Life

UTSA’s Microbiology & Immunology degree blends the disciplines of genetics, organic chemistry and cellular biology to examine and analyze microscopic organisms like bacteria, viruses, algae, fungi and parasites. Through extensive coursework and lab experience, you’ll acquire the microbiology skills necessary to grow, identify and control various types of microorganisms—even the ones that healthcare professionals find most concerning. Students studying Microbiology & Immunology may consider becoming involved in:

  • American Society for Microbiology at UTSA