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Microbiology & Cell Science

Microbiology & Cell Science


Microorganisms are the oldest and most essential life forms on Earth. Microbes exist even in the most extreme environments, and without them, our planet wouldn’t survive. Environmental microbiology is the study of microbial function, composition, and interaction within terrestrial, air, aquatic, marine, and extraterrestrial environments. The University of Florida Department of Microbiology and Cell Science offers a Graduate Certificate in the field of environmental microbiology. 

While the world focuses on the effects of climate change, we need experts who understand the planet's complex microbiomes. You will study concepts like microbial ecology, biogeochemistry, and astrobiology by exploring marine microbial ecology, studying the ecological significance of toxic organic chemicals, examining the origin and future of life in our solar system, and much more. 

Graduate Certificate

Environmental Microbiology

Dr. Nian Wang looking at lab specimens and cultures related to citrus greening.

The only certificate of its kind, the graduate certificate in Environmental Microbiology is a 13-credit online program designed for people who want to make an impact on global issues by studying the microscopic world. 

Specialize in Environmental Microbiology with a Graduate Certificate from UF Apply before July 1 to start in Fall 2024.