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What is Microbiology?
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OSU Department of Microbiology

What is Microbiology?

According to the Microbiology Department, "Microbiology is the study of small organisms, most of which are too small to be seen by the naked eye, although some colonial bacteria, parasites and many fungi are readily visible without a microscope. These organisms include bacteria, archaea, small eukaryotes including phytoplankton, zooplankton, parasites and fungi, and viruses. Microbes of various types are everywhere on Earth, and they impact our lives and our environment in profound ways. Many cause disease, and the study of pathogenic microbes and host immunity systems is a cornerstone of medicine and public health; since 1910, one-third of Nobel Prizes in medicine and physiology have been awarded to microbiologists. But many microbes are beneficial, either through mutualistic interactions with their host animal or plant, or through their contributions to nutrient cycling in the environment. 

The Microbiology Program at OSU offers courses that study the diverse properties and roles of microbes with respect to human and environmental health. A selection of upper (400) level courses lets you choose to emphasize different specialties, with strong representation of both pathogenic microbiology and environmental microbiology."

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