College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Microbial Biology

Microbes are the dominant life form on earth, weighing more than all other life forms combined. Bacteria, Fungi, Algae, Protozoa, Viruses; they're everywhere, and we need to know more about them. Industry, government, and academia agree, since we are seeing an increased demand for employees and students with knowledge and skills related to microbial biology.

Sample Classes

  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Microbes Make the World Go 'Round
  • Public Health Microbiology
  • Comparative Virology
  • California Mushrooms
  • Biology, Mathematics, Biochemistry

MB classes


Careers for MB Majors

  • Medicine
  • Public Health
  • Teaching and research
  • Biotechnology or pharmaceutical industries
  • Environmental Protection Agency

MB careers

Undergraduate Advisors

Jenny Cornet-Carrillo
(510) 642-4249
260 Mulford Hall
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3100

Student Learning Goals

Tiet Nguyen is a third-year CNR transfer student and a Microbial Biology major. Read about her experiences in the Peer Advisor blog!

Read the blog!

The Mycophytes

The Mycophytes is a support network of students majoring or minoring in GPB or Microbial Biology.