Paula DeMaio, Clinic Coordinator of Community Access Imaging, (left) works with Andrea Baldick, during performing an ultrasound on a patient's abdomen Friday, October 14, 2016 at the Center for Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences in North Haven, CT.  Health Sciences and Diagnostic Imaging students participate Quinnipiac University's free diagnostic imaging program. Patients who cannot afford this type of medical care are referred by facilities in New Haven. Baldick is in the diagnostic medical sonography program. (Autumn Driscoll / Quinnipiac University)

Minor in Microbiology and Immunology

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Minor Overview

The minor in microbiology and immunology provides a strong supplement for students who are majoring in the natural sciences, as well as a window into the theories, research methods and applications of the burgeoning biomedical field. You’ll study the pathogens that cause many of today’s most prominent infectious diseases, as well as how disease systems develop, evolve and spread. You’ll also learn the fascinating ways different microorganisms can be both a boon and a hindrance to the immune system and a body’s overall health.

A dual laboratory and classroom focus strengthens your analytical skills, and teaches you how to harness the same methods and lab technology used by scientists and researchers in today’s leading biotech firms and pharmaceutical companies. With departmental approval, you have the option to pursue graduate-level electives that support your academic goals and interests in special topics such as epidemiology, outbreak control and antimicrobial therapy. 

Curriculum and Requirements

Microbiology and Immunology Minor Curriculum

Students are required to complete BMS 370 and at least four of the courses indicated below with a grade of C or better.

A total of 20 credits is required for completion of the minor.

Required Courses
BMS 370
& 370L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
Select four of the following:16
BIO 328
Human Clinical Parasitology
BIO 346
Cell Physiology
BIO 471
Molecular Genetics
BMS 372
Pathogenic Microbiology
BMS 373
BMS 375
BMS 378
Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases
BMS 470
BMS 472
BMS 473
Infections of Leisure
BMS 474
Power of Plagues
BMS 475
Special Topics in Microbiology
BMS 476
Environmental Microbiology
BMS 481
Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences I
BMS 482
Independent Study in Microbiology
BMS 483
Independent Study in Microbiology
Graduate courses for the Microbiology and Immunology Minor (permission required):
BMS 526
BMS 542
Advanced Microbiology
BMS 569
Antimicrobial Therapy
BMS 570
Virology (cannot be combined with BMS 470)
BMS 573
BMS 575
Food Microbiology
BMS 584
Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases
BMS 585
Outbreak Control
BMS 595
Transplantation Immunology
BMS 596
Immunology of Infectious Diseases
Total Credits20

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