graduation Davidson students may pursue several different career paths
that are founded on the principles of microbiology. A biology major
may choose to enter a graduate program in microbiology and latter
use that degree to teach or conduct scientific research. Graduates
with a biology major may also attend medical school where they can
choose to specialize in Infectious Disease. Davidson biology majors
may also choose a career as an epidemiologist. Below is a further
description of the three major applications of microbiology.
undergraduate student may choose to enter graduate school in one of
several fields of microbiology, including bacteriology and virology.
Typically, students will spend two years in a classroom atmosphere
studying molecular microbiology. Then students will conduct individual
research under the guidance of an advisor for two more years. Graduate
students will then prepare a dissertation on the research and upon
successful completion of the dissertation graduate students will receive
their Phd. As doctor of microbiology one may choose to enter the teaching
field or continue their career as a research scientist.
|Infectious Disease, MD-Microbiology
may be applied to the medical field in the infectious disease specialty.
The infectious disease specialty is accomplished after completion
of medical school, a three-year specialty in internal medicine, and
a two-year fellowship in infectious disease. Doctors with a specialty
in infectious disease treat patients with a large range of ailments,
however recently infectious disease specialties have been in high
demand due to the AIDS epidemic.
study the movement, occurrence, and control of infectious diseases
within a population. Although it is not required to have post graduate
education in order to become an epidemiologist it is highly encouraged.
In the past Davidson students have earned their doctorate degrees
in a non-biology field and gone on to become epidemiologists. The
field of epidemiology is vast and includes such research as the links
between smoking and cancer and diet and coronary disease.