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Microbiology: Pre-Veterinary

Research microorganisms to develop a crucial understanding of ecosystems, animal health and beyond for a focus in a pre-veterinary science career path.

Microbiology: Pre-Veterinary – B.S. in Microbiology, Pre-Veterinary Option

In the Microbiology: Pre-Veterinary Track program at Montana State, students are able to delve into the study of ecological microbiology, environmental microbiology, immunology and virology to prepare students for entering veterinary school. For interested Microbiology: Pre-Veterinary Track students, a Pre-Veterinary Medical Certificate program is also available for students who have already obtained their B.S. degree and are seeking a structured approach to coursework necessary to apply to veterinary schools.

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



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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, after 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.


Microbiology: Pre-Veterinary students at Montana State University go into careers such as:

  • Veterinary Health
  • Infectious Disease Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Technician

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.