Undergraduate Program Overview


The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) exists within two colleges:

the Robert Larner, MD, College of Medicine (LCOM) and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS).

  • Undergraduates are able to interact with faculty from diverse departments -
    • Animal Sciences, Biology, Biochemistry, Plant Biology, Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics, and Pharmacology.
  • The MMG Department offers a B.S. in Microbiology  and B.S. in Molecular Genetics.
  • Lab experience doing biomedical research (LCOM)
  • Advanced study options for M.D. or Ph.D. degree in medicine, biotechnology, microbiology, and biochemistry.
  • Our close-knit program brings students from both majors together for an introductory colloquium and capstone course in their first and last years, respectively.
  • Students may pursue a minor in either program or a double major.
  • MMG majors are uniquely qualified to explore career options in
    • Bioinformatics, biomedical ethics, patent law, genetic counseling, secondary school science teaching, etc.
  • Our graduates have an excellent track record of admittance into top-notch medical and graduate schools
  • Often acquire high-paying laboratory research jobs upon graduation.
  • Great starting place for biomedical sciences or the biopharmaceutical industry.

Why we stand out!

  • Small classes and access to faculty.
  • Hands-on classroom laboratory experiences.
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate advising.
  • A first-year colloquium in which students meet with the faculty to discuss research projects and contemporary issues in the field.
  • Undergraduates are encouraged to get involved in cutting-edge research projects in such areas as: DNA repair; infectious diseases; bioinformatics; structural biology; and developmental genetics.
  • Internship opportunities outside the UVM campus abound.

Requirements, courses & student stories




Advice from Grads...

Carolyn Marquis, Molecular Genetics '19

Alumni by the Numbers:

  • In research-oriented professions: 44%
  • In medically-oriented professions: 39%
  • In other professions: 17%
  • Degrees to Vermonters: 40%