Medical Microbiology (MM) Option

The Medical Microbiology (MM) option is a newly re-designed curriculum specifically for students interested in the intersection of the microbial world and the life sciences.

  Medical microbiology areas of study:

  • Pathogenic mechanisms and immunology
  • Host-microbe interactions
  • Virology
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Community-based concepts in infectious diseases.

  Career options for medical microbiology graduates:

  • Research scientists/laboratory technicians in clinical laboratories in hospitals and industry, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, academic biomedical research programs, and forensic laboratories.
  • Secondary school education (in conjunction with courses in education)
  • State and federal government employment in public health labs, health inspector (e.g., U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

  Post-baccalaureate education pursued by medical 
  microbiology graduates:

  • Medical school and dental school
  • Graduate programs in biomedical science, public health, or business administration
  • Allied health programs (physician assistant, pathologists’ assistant programs)




Strep throat is caused by a bacterium called Streptococcus pyogenes. This pathogen grows as white patches over the tonsils and oropharynx. You can see the small hemorrhages and reddening in the back of the throat. The tongue is pressed down with a tongue depressor.