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Environmental Health

Research microorganisms to develop a crucial understanding of ecosystems, human health and beyond for a focus in public health.

Microbiology: Environmental Health – B.S. in Microbiology, Environmental Health Option

Microbiology is a diverse discipline that has become an umbrella term for a variety of studies, including bacteriology, mycology, protozoology, phycology, parasitology and virology. In the Environmental Health program at Montana State, students are able to delve into the study of medical microbiology, virology, immunology and molecular biology in order to prepare for careers in the public health sector.

The Microbiology major at Montana State offers five additional Options Within the Major: General Microbiology, Pre-Medicine, Pre-Veterinary, Environmental Health and Medical Laboratory Science.


Students in the Environmental Program produce award-winning research, such as Lexi Kyro 21’s work on risk assessment of home well water quality data, carried out in collaboration with the Crow Environmental Health Steering Committee, as part of a long-term project that first started in 2005. Kyro’s work won the Association of Environmental Health Academic Programs competition in 2021.


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University of the Yellowstone™
Montana State students make the surrounding Yellowstone ecosystem their classroom, laboratory and playground.

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Goldwater Scholars
Montana State is the Top 3 in the West in recipients of the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship for students in math, science and engineering.

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Unique Opportunities
At Montana State, undergraduates are offered hands-on experiences in labs, studios, teaching farms and in the surrounding wilderness.



Career Resources

Within their first year of graduation, more than 96% of Montana State graduates are employed, continuing their education or not seeking employment, and career guidance website Zippia consistently ranks MSU as the #1 school in the state where alumni are most likely to land jobs.

Career Coaching & Professional Skills Studio

Professional career coaches help students with their career exploration, employer networking opportunities and job or internship searches. They also critique resumes and help students practice job interviews. Additionally, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success offers free workshops for students to develop the professional communication and collaboration skills that are highly sought after by employers.


Environmental Health students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Research Scientist
  • Diagnostics
  • Biosafety
  • Higher Education

To explore more career possibilities, the Allen Yarnell Center for Student Success has a variety of tools available , including self-assessment and working with career coaches.