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.

Non-Thesis Option

44.0 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 Club *4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 513SMOLECULAR PATHOGENSIS II3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar *4.0
Advanced Electives9.0
Select a minimum of nine credits of Advanced Electives.
Micro. & Immuno. 1st Rotation
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Structural Bioinformatics
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
IMMUNOLOGY II
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Virology
Advanced Molecular Biology
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Micro. & Immuno. 2nd Rotation
Micro. & Immuno. 3rd Rotation
Micro.&Immuno Thesis Research
Total Credits44.0
*

Taken each semester. 

Thesis Option

53.0 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
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club *4.0
MIIM 504SMicro. & Immuno. 1st Rotation4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 513SMOLECULAR PATHOGENSIS II3.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research **18.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar *4.0
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Thesis Defense
Micro. & Immuno. 2nd Rotation
Micro. & Immuno. 3rd Rotation
Vaccines and Vaccine Development
Structural Bioinformatics
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
IMMUNOLOGY II
MOLEC MECH OF VIRAL PATHOGENSI
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Virology
Advanced Molecular Biology
Total Credits53.0
*

Taken each semester. 

**

Taken each semester starting in the Second Year, until Thesis Defense

PhD Degree Requirements

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 Club *9.0
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 I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 513SMOLECULAR PATHOGENSIS II3.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research **63.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar *9.0
Advanced Electives
Choose at least two Advanced Electives for a minimum of four credits4.0-6.0
Structural Bioinformatics
Molec. Mech. Of Micro. Path
IMMUNOLOGY II
MOLEC MECH OF VIRAL PATHOGENSI
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Experimental Therapeutics
Advanced Molecular Virology
Advanced Molecular Biology
General Electives
Teaching Practicum I
Teaching Practicum II
Teaching Practicum III
Total Credits129.0-131.0
*

Taken each semester until Thesis Defense

**

Taken each semester starting in Year two until Thesis Defense 

Sample Plan of Study (PhD)

First Year
FallCredits
IDPT 521SMolecular Structure and Metabolism5.0
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 504SMicro. & Immuno. 1st Rotation4.0
MIIM 508SImmunology I3.0
MIIM 512SMolecular Pathogenesis I (Viral Pathogenesis)3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits17.0
Spring
IDPT 526SCells to Systems5.0
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 505SMicro. & Immuno. 2nd Rotation4.0
MIIM 506SMicro. & Immuno. 3rd Rotation4.0
MIIM 513SMOLECULAR PATHOGENSIS II3.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits18.0
Second Year
Fall
IDPT 501SBiostatistics I2.0
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Advanced Elective(s)2.0-3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Spring
IDPT 500SResponsible Conduct of Research2.0
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
Advanced Elective(s)2.0-3.0
 Term Credits15.0-16.0
Third Year
Fall
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Fourth Year
Fall
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Fifth Year
Fall
MIIM 502SMicro & Immuno. Journal Club1.0
MIIM 600SMicro.&Immuno Thesis Research9.0
MIIM 606SMicrobiology and Immunology Seminar1.0
 Term Credits11.0
Spring
IDPT 600SThesis Defense9.0
 Term Credits9.0
Total Credit: 129.0-131.0
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