BS in Microbiology and Immunology

Whether you’re harnessing the healing properties of microbes or conducting research in the fight against the Zika virus, understanding how microorganisms affect the body’s immune system can position you for an important career in the health, medicine and biotechnology fields.

Program Overview

In our program, you’ll study how bacteria, viruses and other pathogens interact to help and hinder the body’s ability to fight illness. You’ll pair deep knowledge of the biomedical sciences and disease systems with hands-on, student-centered laboratory projects designed to test your technical and problem-solving capabilities. The expertise you gain prepares you for a career as a researcher in a medical lab as well as with pharmaceutical and biotech companies. 

We give you the tools to understand and respond to the current issues facing the scientific and health care communities, from the effects of MRSA and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the rapid spread of E. coli and other food-borne illnesses in restaurant chains. This major also gives you the option to enroll in the premedical studies program, which fulfills many prerequisites for graduate medical, physician assistant, dental and physical therapy programs. 

A two-semester research experience, performed in a lab setting under the guidance of a faculty mentor, culminates in a formal presentation of your findings. Third- and fourth-year students also may have the opportunity for internships and part-time summer work in regional biotech and pharmaceutical firms, as well as government labs.

Curriculum and Requirements

BS in Microbiology and Immunology Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 150 General Biology for Majors 4
CHE 110
& 110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
MA 140 Pre-Calculus 1 3
FYS 101 First Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 151 Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics 4
CHE 111
& 111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC humanities elective 3
UC social sciences elective 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall Semester
BMS 370
& 370L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
CHE 210
& 210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
PHY 110
& 110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
UC fine arts elective 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
CHE 211
& 211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 111
& 111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
BMS 372
& 372L
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
4
UC elective 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall Semester
CHE 315
& 315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
UC elective 2 3
Microbiology elective 3-4
science elective 4
 Credits14-15
Spring Semester
BMS 375
& 375L
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
4
Microbiology elective 3 4
science elective 4
UC Capstone 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BMS 478 Microbiology Seminar 1
Immunology elective 3-4
science elective 4
Chemistry elective 4 4
UC elective 3
 Credits15-16
Spring Semester
BMS 479 Microbiology Research 2
Microbiology electives 3 8
UC social science elective 3
humanities elective 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits124-126
1

Minimum mathematics requirement: MA 140. For those interested in graduate or professional schools, MA 141MA 142 is recommended.

2

MA 275 strongly recommended.

3

BIO 471 and BMS 470 strongly recommended. 

4

CHE 215 strongly recommended.

Microbiology and Science Electives 

Course List
BIO 346
& 346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
4
BIO 471
& 471L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
4
BMS 278Research and Technology3
BMS 373
& 373L
Mycology
and Mycology Lab
4
BMS 470Virology4
BMS 472Biotechnology4
BMS 473Infections of Leisure3
BMS 474Power of Plagues3
BMS 476Environmental Microbiology3
BMS 481Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences I3
BMS 482Independent Study in Microbiology4
BMS 483Independent Study in Microbiology3-4
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3

Immunology (and Science) Electives

Course List
BMS 378Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases4
BMS 482Independent Study in Microbiology3-4
BMS 483Independent Study in Microbiology3-4
BMS 473Infections of Leisure3
BMS 474Power of Plagues3
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3
BMS 596Immunology of Infectious Diseases3

Recommended Science and Microbiology Electives

Course List
BIO 211
& 211L
Human Anatomy & Physiology I
and Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab I
4
BIO 212
& 212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BIO 282
& 282L
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
4
BIO 317
& 317L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
4
BMS 332Histology4

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