Paula DeMaio, Clinic Coordinator of Community Access Imaging, (left) works with Andrea Baldick, during performing an ultrasound on a patient's abdomen Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in North Haven, CT.  Health Sciences and Diagnostic Imaging students participate Quinnipiac University's free diagnostic imaging program. Patients who cannot afford this type of medical care are referred by facilities in New Haven. Baldick is in the diagnostic medical sonography program. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Minor in Microbiology and Immunology

Minor Overview

The minor in microbiology and immunology provides a strong supplement for students who are majoring in the natural sciences, as well as a window into the theories, research methods and applications of the burgeoning biomedical field. You’ll study the pathogens that cause many of today’s most prominent infectious diseases, as well as how disease systems develop, evolve and spread. You’ll also learn the fascinating ways different microorganisms can be both a boon and a hindrance to the immune system and a body’s overall health.

A dual laboratory and classroom focus strengthens your analytical skills, and teaches you how to harness the same methods and lab technology used by scientists and researchers in today’s leading biotech firms and pharmaceutical companies. With departmental approval, you have the option to pursue graduate-level electives that support your academic goals and interests in special topics such as epidemiology, outbreak control and antimicrobial therapy. 

Curriculum and Requirements

The Department of Biomedical Sciences offers a minor in microbiology and immunology, which provides students with a fundamental knowledge of the theories, principles and research techniques in this exciting and rapidly evolving field. The program is committed to helping 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 and at least four of the courses indicated below with a grade of C or better.

Required Courses

A total of 20 credits is required for completion of the minor.

BMS 370
    & 370L

General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab


Select four of the following:


BIO 328

Human Clinical Parasitology

BIO 346

Cell Physiology

BIO 471

Molecular Genetics

BMS 372

Pathogenic Microbiology

BMS 373


BMS 375


BMS 378

Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases

BMS 470


BMS 472


BMS 473

Infections of Leisure

BMS 474

Power of Plagues

BMS 475

Special Topics in Microbiology

BMS 476

Environmental Microbiology

BMS 481

Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences I

BMS 482

Independent Study in Microbiology

BMS 483

Independent Study in Microbiology

Graduate courses for the Microbiology and Immunology Minor (permission required):

BMS 570

Virology (cannot be combined with BMS 470)

BMS 526


BMS 542

Advanced Microbiology

BMS 569

Antimicrobial Therapy

BMS 573


BMS 575

Food Microbiology

BMS 584

Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases

BMS 585

Outbreak Control

BMS 595

Transplantation Immunology

BMS 596

Immunology of Infectious Diseases

Total Credits