Would you like to help prevent or cure infectious diseases, generate renewable energy from biomass, clean up toxic wastes in the environment, or control agricultural pests without using chemicals? How about solving practical problems related to food production and preservation? In the exciting field of microbiology, you will find endless applications and opportunities to enhance the quality of life.
Microbiology is the study of living organisms, such as bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses, which are too small to be observed with the naked eye. Although microorganisms are not visible, they are everywhere and impact every aspect of our lives. Some are pathogens, which can cause infectious diseases in humans, animals and plants. Some can degrade foods and other natural materials in our households. However, many are beneficial and contribute to our health, produce useful products, and maintain the quality of the environment. More importantly, microorganisms play a key role in maintaining a balanced ecosystem. Without them, other forms of life would not be able to survive. Microbiology is a dynamic field that has grown rapidly with regard to the expansion of fundamental knowledge and the birth of new techniques. New developments in molecular genetics, cell biology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology have created a “Golden Age” in Microbiology. Its applications to medicine, agriculture, industry, and the environment are limitless.