Microbiology | NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Microbiology is the study of microorganisms, which are unicellular or cell-cluster organisms that are too small to be visible with the naked eye. This includes bacteria, archaea, viruses, fungi, prions, protozoa and algae, collectively known as microbes. 

By studying microbiology, you can learn how microscopic organisms play a key role in maintaining life on earth, how we can exploit the activities of microbes to benefit humans, and even how microorganisms can breakdown sewage and other toxic wastes into safe matter. 


Courses, Transfer Options and Careers

Many Microbiology courses at NWACC carry transfer credit to four-year institutions and can fulfill general education requirements.  

Pursuing a bachelor's degree in Microbiology can lead to a career in the following occupations:

  • Biotechnologists
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientists
  • Food Scientists and Technologists
  • Immunologists
  • Mycologists
  • Parasitologists
  • Pharmaceutical Scientists and Technologists
  • Teachers and Professors
  • Water Quality Laboratory Technicians