Microbiology and Immunology

Major:  Microbiology and Immunology
Degree Awarded: Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Calendar Type: Semester
Total Credit Hours: 36.0-48.0 (MS);  96.0 (PhD)
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 26.0599
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code:
19-1022

About the Program

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers students the MS and PhD degrees. The programs are designed to promote understanding of the molecular mechanisms of infectious diseases. The department has research programs in the areas of parasitic, viral, and opportunistic infections; bacterial pathogenesis and genomics; immunology; and drug development driven by investigators with national and international reputations and with extended histories of extramural funding from the NIH, as well as other sources of funding.

In the first year, students complete both required courses in the core curriculum, and research laboratory rotation requirements. All students must pass an examination at the end of the first year, while also attending seminars and journal clubs.

MS in Microbiology and Immunology

MS students are required to successfully complete the core curriculum and the first year program-specific course work (Molecular Pathogenesis I and II and Immunology). The preliminary examination, taken at the end of the first year, involves a proposal describing the research to be undertaken towards completion of the MS degree. In all semesters, MS students must attend seminars and journal clubs.

PhD in Microbiology and Immunology

PhD students are required to successfully complete the core curriculum and the first year program-specific course work (Molecular Pathogenesis I and II and Immunology). The preliminary examination, taken at the end of the first year, involves a research proposal written in response to a question submitted by a committee of the Program's faculty. Advanced level courses in immunology, virology, advanced molecular biology, microbial pathogenesis, experimental therapeutics and emerging infectious diseases are offered to interested students in the second year and PhD students are required to enroll for credit for at least two advanced courses.

PhD candidates must pass a qualifying examination in the middle of their third year. In all semesters, PhD students must attend seminars and journal clubs. PhD students are also required to submit a minimum of two manuscripts (publications from their research) during the course of the program. The average amount of time required to complete the PhD requirements is five years.

Courses Repeatable for Credit
As well as taking all required courses, MS and PhD students may re-enroll in courses having the status “repeatable for credit” (such as journal club, seminar and research courses) for the duration of their program in order to meet the total number of credits required for graduation.

For more information, including scheduling a plan of study, visit the College of Medicine's Microbiology and Immunology Program website.

MS Degree Requirements:  Non-Thesis Option

MS without thesis: 36.0 semester credits

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 850SLiterature Review Non-Thesis MS4.0
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I3.0
MIIM 513SMOLECULAR PATHOGENSIS II3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Suggested Electives *
Select three of the following:9.0
Micro. & Immuno. 1st Rotation
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
IMMUNOLOGY II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Biology
Total Credits38.0

*

Additional courses from the Biograduate Medical programs may be taken as electives. Students should check with the College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies programs.


MS Degree Requirements:  Thesis Option

MS with thesis: 48.0 semester credits

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 504SMicro. & Immuno. 1st Rotation4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I3.0
MIIM 513SMOLECULAR PATHOGENSIS II3.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Suggested Electives *
Micro. & Immuno. 2nd Rotation
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
IMMUNOLOGY II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Biology
Total Credits47.0

*

No electives are required for the MS with Thesis option. This list includes suggested electives, however additional courses from the Biograduate Medical programs may also be taken. Students should check with the College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies programs.


PhD Degree Requirements

PhD: 96.0 semester credits

Required Courses
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 504SMicro. & Immuno. 1st Rotation4.0
MIIM 505SMicro. & Immuno. 2nd Rotation4.0
MIIM 506SMicro. & Immuno. 3rd Rotation4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I3.0
MIIM 513SMOLECULAR PATHOGENSIS II3.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Suggested Electives *6.0
Select two of the following:
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
IMMUNOLOGY II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Biology
Total Credits61.0

*

Additional courses from the Biograduate Medical programs may be taken as electives. Students should check with the College of Medicine's Biomedical Graduate Studies programs.


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