Examine the structure and function of microorganisms – bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses – and their influence on health and disease. Engage in elective courses and laboratory research in bacteriology, immunology, mycobacterial diseases, prion biology, vector-borne infectious disease, and virology.
The biomedical sciences major is a competitive major. Competitive majors have additional admission requirements, such as a higher GPA or additional coursework.
Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology
With a focus on understanding internationally important infectious diseases, the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology is home to world-renowned scientists and leaders in laboratory research. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working alongside faculty with specialties in bacteriology, mycobacterial diseases, prion biology, vector-borne infectious diseases, virology, and computational biology.
70% of undergraduates obtain working laboratory experience prior to graduation; research fellowship program helps students secure lab assignments
Prepares students for medical laboratory science programs
Students have the unique opportunity to work with live viruses in undergraduate virology lab
More than 70 percent of our microbiology students conduct research in faculty laboratories, focusing on understanding the pathology, improving the diagnostics, and developing more effective treatments, vaccines and cures for internationally important infectious diseases. Paid on-campus student research opportunities are posted through RAMweb under the Student Employment tab.
Students have the opportunity to participate in real-world, hypothesis-driven scientific learning through course-based undergraduate research experiences (CURE). The CURE lab in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology offers teaching and training on a variety of topics, including developing novel antibiotic screens against Mycobacteria avium.
Many of our microbiology students pursue further education in graduate programs and professional degree programs. Our graduates work in fields that help diagnose, prevent, and treat infectious disease that threaten human and animal health worldwide.
- Disease Diagnostics
- Food and Beverage Industries
- Laboratory Careers
- Public Health
- Veterinary Medicine
- Human Medicine
- Science Teaching
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