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BS in Microbiology and Immunology

The program in microbiology and immunology provides the student with fundamental knowledge of the theories, principles and research techniques in this exciting and rapidly evolving field. The mission of the program is to help the student develop the ability to ask significant scientific questions and then utilize critical thinking skills and modern research laboratory technology to solve these problems successfully.

Students learn about molecular biology with hands-on student-directed laboratory projects where thinking, planning and problem-solving skills are developed. Independent research projects under the guidance of faculty allow development of these skills with "real-world" experiences.

Student skills are evaluated continuously with written and oral presentations, encouraging the refinement of communication skills critical to a successful career. Products of student research activity are presented in seminars and at regional or national scientific meetings.

Rapid and expanding advances in the field of microbiology and immunology have created a need for employees with expertise in a variety of areas. Our graduates are prepared for exciting careers in the expanding medical, clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, molecular and health industries. This program also prepares the student for advanced study in specialized graduate science, health and medical programs. The program  offers students a range of classroom, laboratory and independent research experiences. All courses consist of lecture and hands-on laboratories where students perform the most current research techniques. In addition to courses in the sciences, the University Curriculum course offerings prepare students with a broad-based conceptual understanding of science and its role in society.

Included in this program is a two-semester required undergraduate seminar/research experience performed with faculty in research laboratories. This experience allows the student to develop the expertise and experience to be successful in beginning a career or in graduate study. All of our students give formal presentations of their independent research projects. Many have presented the results of research experiences at professional scientific meetings. Successful third- and fourth-year students may be able to obtain internships or part-time work experiences during the school year and/or summer in government labs and major pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies located in the region.

Pre-medical Studies Program
Students majoring in microbiology and immunology may fully participate in the pre-medical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools. Students interested in the premedical studies program should contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee for further academic advising.

Curriculum + Requirements

Requirement for the BS degree in Microbiology and Immunology

Fall Semester, First Year (17 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 150 General Biology I (UC) 4
CHE 110 General Chemistry I 4
EN 101 Freshman Composition (UC) 3
MA 140 Quantitative Literacy (UC)1 3
QU 101 The Individual in the Community 3


Spring Semester, First Year (17 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BIO 151 General Biology II (UC) 4
CHE 111 General Chemistry II 4
EN 102 Freshman Composition II (UC) 3
UC Social Sciences elective 3
UC Humanities elective 3


Fall Semester, Second Year (15 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BMS 370 General Microbiology 4
CHE 210 Organic Chemistry I 4
PHY 110 General Physics I 4
UC Fine Arts elective 3


Spring Semester, Second Year (15 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 211 Organic Chemistry II 4
PHY 111 General Physics II 4
BMS 372 Pathogenic Microbiology 4
QU 201 Seminar on National Community 3


Fall Semester, Third Year (14-15 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

CHE 315 Biochemistry 4
UC UC elective2 3
Microbiology elective 3-4
Science elective 4


Spring Semester, Third Year (15 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BMS 375 Immunology 4
Microbiology elective3 4
Science elective 4
QU 301 Seminar on Global Community 3


Fall Semester, Fourth Year (15-16 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BMS 478 Microbiology Seminar 1
Immunology elective 3-4
Science elective 4
Chemistry elective3 4
UC UC elective 3


Spring Semester, Fourth Year (16 credits)

Course

Title

Credits

BMS 479 Microbiology Research 2
Two Microbiology electives4 8
Humanities elective 3
UC Social science elective 3

  1. Minimum mathematics requirement: MA 140 (Pre-Calculus). For those interested in graduate or professional schools, MA 141-142 (Calculus) is recommended.
  2. MA 275 (Biostatistics) strongly recommended.
  3. CHE 215 (Analytical Chemistry) strongly recommended.
  4. BIO 471 (Molecular Genetics) and BMS 470 (Virology) strongly recommended.

Recommended Science electives

Additional electives may be selected with the approval of the department chair.

Microbiology electives
BIO 326 - Animal Parasitology — 4 credits
BIO 346 - Cell Physiology — 4 credits
BIO 471 - Molecular Genetics — 4 credits
BMS 278 - Research and Technology — 3 credits
BMS 373 - Mycology — 4 credits
BMS 470 - Virology — 4 credits
BMS 472 - Biotechnology — 4 credits
BMS 473 - Infections of Leisure — 3 credits
BMS 474 - Power of Plagues — 3 credits
BMS 476 - Environmental Microbiology — 4 credits
BMS 481 - Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences — 3 credits
BMS 482 - Independent Study in Microbiology I — 4 credits
BMS 483 - Independent Study in Microbiology II — 3-4 credits
BMS 526 - Epidemiology — 3 credits
BMS 584 - Emerging & Re-emerging Infectious Diseases — 3 credits
BMS 585 - Outbreak Control — 3 credits
Immunology (and Science) electives
BMS 378 - Vaccines — 4 credits
BMS 482 - Independent Study in Immunology I— 3-4 credits
BMS 483 - Independent Study in Immunology II — 3-4 credits
BMS 473 - Infections of Leisure — 3 credits
BMS 474 - Power of Plagues — 3 credits
BMS 525 - Vaccine Preventable Diseases — 4 credits
BMS 561 - Immunohematology — 4 credits
BMS 595 - Transplantation Immunology — 3 credits
BMS 596 - Immunology of Infectious Diseases — 3 credits
Recommended Science and Microbiology electives
BIO 211-212 - Anatomy & Physiology I & II — 4 credits
BIO 282 - Human Genetics — 4 credits
BIO 317 - Developmental Biology — 4 credits
BIO 332 - Histology — 4 credits
Additional electives may be selescted with the approval of the department chair.

Minor in Microbiology and Immunology

The minor in microbiology and molecular biology provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the theories, principles and research techniques in this exciting and rapidly evolving field. The program helps students develop the ability to ask significant scientific questions and then utilize critical thinking skills and modern research laboratory technology to solve these problems successfully.

Students are required to complete BMS 370 (Microbiology) with at least four of the courses indicated below with a grade of C or better (a total of 20 credits).

Required:
BMS 370 - General Microbiology — 4 credits

Plus four of the following:
BIO 326 - Animal Parasitology —4 credits
BIO 328 - Clinical Human Animal Parasitology — 4 credits
BIO 346 - Cell Physiology — 4 credits
BIO 471 - Molecular Genetics — 4 credits
BMS 372 - Pathogenic Microbiology — 4 credits
BMS 373 - Mycology — 4 credits
BMS 375 - General Immunology — 4 credits
BMS 378 - Vaccines — 4 credits
BMS 470 - Virology — 4 credits
BMS 472 - Biotechnology — 4 credits
BMS 473 - Infections of Leisure — 3 credits
BMS 474 - Power of Plagues — 3 credits
BMS 475 - Current Topics — 4 credits
BMS 476 - Environmental Microbiology — 4 credits
BMS 481 - Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences — 3 credits
BMS 482 - Independent Study in Microbiology — 3-4 credits
BMS 483 - Independent Study in Microbiology II — 3-4 credits

Graduate courses for the Microbiology and Immunology minor (permission required):
BMS 570 - Virology (cannot be combined with BMS 470) — 4 credits
BMS 526 - Epidemiology — 3 credits
BMS 542 - Advanced Microbiology — 3 credits
BMS 569 - Antimicrobial Therapy — 3 credits
BMS 573 - Mycology — 4 credits
BMS 575 - Food Microbiology — 4 credits
BMS 584 - Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Disease — 3 credits
BMS 585 - Outbreak Control — 3 credits
BMS 595 - Transplantation Immunology — 3 credits
BMS 596 - Immunology of Infectious Diseases — 3 credits