University General Course Catalog 2023-2024 
    Jul 22, 2024  
University General Course Catalog 2023-2024

Microbiology and Immunology, B.S.

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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 eleven 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 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.

Contact Information

L-211 Center for Molecular Medicine
(775) 784-6162

College of Science Academic Advisors:

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Graduation Requirements

  • 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

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

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

(units counted in Major Requirement)

C. Global Context - CO11

D. Ethics Course - CO12

E. Capstone Integration & Synthesis - CO13

F. Application - CO14

III. Additional College Requirements (0 units)

IV. Major Requirements (74-75 units)

V. Minor Requirements (0 units)

VII. Recommended Schedule

First Year

Fall Semester (16 units)

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (15 units)

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