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Microbial Systems

Engage in technical positions within the biotechnology industry, further research in partnership with state and federal agencies or enter graduate study.

Microbial Systems – B.S. in Biotechnology, Microbial Systems Emphasis

Students within the Microbial Systems program at Montana State start their studies with a strong foundation in coursework on chemistry, physics, biology, microbiology and genetics during the first two years of the program. From there, students will apply both molecular and cellular biological concepts and associated techniques to address problems facing microbial production systems.

The Biotechnology major at Montana State has two additional Options Within a Major: Animal Systems and Plant Biotechnology.




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Study Across the State
The Montana Agricultural Experiment Station provides research opportunities for students at farms and research centers across the state.

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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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Montana’s Research Leader
Montana State leverages more than $120 million annually to support pioneering research across our departments, institutes and centers.



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.



Microbial Systems students at Montana State go into careers such as:

  • Technician
  • Research
  • Local, State and Federal Regulatory Agencies
  • Graduate Studies
  • Medical School

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.