Graduate Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry student working in a research lab at the University of Idaho.

M.S. Microbiology, Molecular Biology & Biochemistry



Office of Admissions
Phone: 208-885-6326
Toll free: 88-88-UIDAHO
Fax: 208-885-9119
Student Union Building Room 117
P.O. Box 444264
Moscow, ID 83844-4264

Toll free: 88-88-UIDAHO
322 E. Front Street
Boise, ID 83702

Coeur d'Alene
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1031 N. Academic Way, Suite 242
Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814

Idaho Falls
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1776 Science Center Drive, Suite 306
Idaho Falls, ID 838402

Building a Future in Science

This program prepares you for a research-oriented career in industry or academia, where you may understand and cure diseases, develop new pharmaceutical drugs, treat toxic waste and more. Faculty research strengths include reproductive biology, evolution and ecology, medical biosciences, neurobiology and cellular and molecular biology.

Fast Facts

  • Conduct a research project with the guidance of an advisor and graduate committee comprised of professors with valuable expertise.
  • Attend national and regional meetings of professional organizations.
  • Pharmaceutical scientist
  • Virologist
  • Industrial scientist
  • Agricultural scientist


Starting salary
Degree Prep To prepare for collegiate biology courses, we recommend the following:
  • have a genuine interest in biological systems, research and teaching
  • good undergraduate grade, preferably in a life or physical science
  • an interest in lab work and data collection
  • a desire to solve problems and think critically about some of society’s most pressing problems
  • solid performance on the verbal and quantitative sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
Degree Roadmap
Financial Aid

To find out about deadlines, scholarships and eligibility requirements, please visit the University of Idaho Financial Aid Office.

Get Involved
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Hands-on Learning
  • Investigate how viruses like the common cold fool the immune system
  • Observe what happens in cell function when a carrier has a genetic condition such as polycystic kidney disease
  • Study how manipulating human cells changes immune responses
  • Investigate how bacteria can be used to produce medicine
  • Explore how microbes clean toxic waste
  • Graduate and Professional Student Association (GPSA)
  • Life Sciences Club
  • UI Environmental Club