The department offers a series of courses leading to the degree of Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology (MI). The major is a joint effort by the School of Medicine and the College of Science and trains students in the fundamentals of modern microbiology, with an emphasis on human and animal infectious diseases and immunology. Students are encouraged to become involved in laboratory research supervised by one of the faculty members who pursue a variety of medically related endeavors.
The MI curriculum will appeal to students who wish to pursue careers in microbiology research and clinical laboratory microbiology. In addition, the MI program is an excellent preparation for pre-health professional students seeking admission to professional programs in the health sciences and dental and medical schools.
The program of study will include the University Core Curriculum, general electives, and required preparatory courses in mathematics, biology, chemistry, and physics. Students will be required to complete seven core courses in microbiology and immunology, along with a capstone course in microbiology. Because of curricular overlaps, students cannot pursue dual majors in MI and Biology, or dual majors in MI and Neuroscience either concurrently or subsequently.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students who complete the Microbiology and Immunology, B.S. program will be able to:
- demonstrate mastery of the core concepts in the disciplines of Microbiology & Immunology.
- discuss science and scientific methodology as a way of knowing, demonstrate competence in laboratory techniques, and apply appropriate quantitative and data analysis skills.
- obtain relevant information, process and evaluate this information using critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and demonstrate competence in written and oral communication.
- identify and discuss the ethical issues and responsibilities of conducting science.
- function effectively as professionals and to continue their development and learning within the fields of Microbiology & Immunology.
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- Total Units | 120
- Cumulative GPA | 2.0
- University GPA | 2.0
- Major GPA | 2.0
- Residency Requirement | 30 Upper-Division Units at UNR
- Major Residency Requirement | 15 Upper-Division Units in the major at UNR
- Upper-Division Requirement | 40 Upper-Division Units
- Half Program Units/4 Year Institution | 60 Units
I. Core General Education Requirements (27-33 units)
NOTE: Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter of this catalog for information regarding the “Core English and Math Completion Policy .”
Students in this major must meet all Core Objectives (CO1 through CO14). Courses satisfying Core Objectives are designated (e.g., CO9) in General Catalog curricula and course descriptions.
A. Composition & Communication; Critical Analysis & Use of Information (3-6 units) - CO1, CO3
B. Quantitative Reasoning (4-7 units) - CO2
C. Physical & Natural Phenomena (8 units) - CO4, CO4L
D. Cultures, Societies, & Individuals (3 units) - CO6
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO6 courses .
E. Artistic Composition, Interpretation, & Expression (3 units) - CO7
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO7 courses .
F. History & Culture; Constitution (6 units) - CO5, CO8
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
II. Additional Core Requirements (3 units maximum)
Students must take courses that satisfy the following Core Objectives. Some or all of these Core Objectives may be satisfied in the Major Requirements (Section IV). Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter in this catalog.
A. Science, Technology & Society - CO9
B. Diversity & Equity - CO10
Refer to the Core Curriculum chapter for a list of approved CO10 courses.
E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13
III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)
IV. Major Requirements (71-72 units)
A. Required Foundational Sciences (41-42 units)
B. Required MMI Core (30 units)
V. Minor Requirements (0 units)
VI. Electives (9-16 units)
VII. Recommended Schedule
Spring Semester (14 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)
Spring Semester (16 units)
Spring Semester (15 units)