The Department of Microbiology, established in 1956 in the College of Arts and Science, offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Microbiology. The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is also administered within the department. The department is composed of 15 faculty members, 3 postdoctoral fellows, 25 graduate students, approximately 250 undergraduate majors, and a professional support staff. The group occupies modern research and teaching facilities in Pearson Hall. Our three areas of research emphasis are Molecular Microbiology, Microbial Pathogenesis, and Environmental Microbiology, which encompass the disciplines of immunology, molecular biology, microbial ecology, microbial genetics, microbial physiology, microbial pathogenesis, bacterial cell biology, bioinformatics, medical mycology, and virology.