Department website: https://medicine.hsc.wvu.edu/micro/
- Bachelor of Science
Every day of our lives, we are exposed to microbes such as bacteria, viruses, and parasites. For the most part we suffer no disease or symptoms from these organisms, and they often go un-noticed. The single system in the body that allows life to continue in the face of these assaults is the immune system. The immune system is the network of cells and their biological processes that enable the body to recognize diseased cells or the invasion by microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and prions) and eliminate them. The scientific discipline called Immunology is the study of this system, and Medical Microbiology is the study of the disease states induced by the invasion of microorganisms. Collectively, these two disciplines address how humans and other mammals respond to infectious disease. These scientific disciplines have become the cornerstone for many industries - including the biotechnology, pharmaceutical and medical and public health industries. These are all areas of particular emphasis and are being targeted for further development in West Virginia.
The Bachelor of Science degree in Immunology and Medical Microbiology will prepare students from diverse backgrounds to serve as professionals that are knowledgeable about the immune system of humans and other mammals, how the immune system functions, and the consequences of its malfunction on the health of the host. Knowledge of the immune system will be fully integrated with an excellent understanding of the diversity of microorganisms that cause disease in humans and other mammals and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. Graduates will possess the laboratory skills and knowledge needed to assess the functional status of the immune system and to safely cultivate and identify microorganisms that cause disease in mammals. Graduates will be qualified to pursue several professional career paths in private industry, state and federal government, and academic institutions. The degree can also provide a strong foundation to progress to advanced studies leading to a Masters or professional degree.
Relationship of the Objectives to the Mission of WVU
The Bachelor of Science degree in Immunology and Medical Microbiology directly fulfills many of the stated objectives in the Strategic Plan for WVU, the WVU Health Sciences Center and the WVU School of Medicine. It will be a financially viable, new, innovative and dynamic educational program that provides a unique opportunity to earn a degree in Immunology and Medical Microbiology for both in-state and out-of-state undergraduate students. Its learner centered curriculum will integrate both classroom and hands-on laboratory experiences. Graduates of the program will provide the state of West Virginia with a well-trained healthcare and research workforce who have the education and experience to work in a variety of occupations that require knowledge in immunology, medical microbiology and related disciplines.
- John B. Barnett - Ph.D. (University of Louisville)
- Mariette Barbier - Ph.D. (Universitat de les lles Balears)
- Kathy Brundage - Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania)
Technical Director of Flow Cytometry Core Facility
- Duaa Dakhlallah - Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)
- F. Heath Damron - Ph.D. (Marshall University)
- Meenal Elliott - Ph.D. (University of Alabama)
- Jennifer Franko - Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve University)
- Ivan Martinez - Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh)
- Gordon Meares - Ph.D. (University of Alabama)
- Edwin Wan - Ph.D. (City of University of Hong Kong)
- Valerie Watson - M.S. (West Virginia University)
- Tin Eubank - Ph.D. (The Ohio State University)
- Slawomir Lukomski - Ph.D. (University of Lodz, Poland)
- Karen Martin - Ph.D. (Duke University)
- Edmidio Pistilli - Ph.D.
(West Virginia University)
- Lisa Robinson - Ph.D. (Cornell University)
- Cory Robinson - Ph.D. (Miami University of Ohio)
- Rosana Schafer - Ph.D. (Temple University)
- James M. Sheil - Ph.D. (University of Kentucky)
- Don Beezhold - Ph.D. (University of Illinois Medical Center)
- John Noti - Ph.D. (Purdue University)
- David Weissman - M.D. (Northwestern University)
Adjunct associate professor
- David Klinke - Ph.D. (Northwestern University)
Adjunct assistant professors
- Stacey Anderson - Ph.D. (West Virginia Univeristy)
- Alexandra Elliott - Ph.D.
- Brett Green - Ph.D. (University of Sydney)
- Yong Qian - Ph.D. (West Virginia University)
Applicants must fulfill all requirements for admission to WVU and the IMMB program:
- ACT Math score of 26, or SAT Math score of 620, or place into Chemistry 115
- High school GPA of ≥ 3.70
- Complete admissions information at http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions/university-requirements
General Education Foundations
NOTE: Some major requirements will fulfill specific GEF requirements. Please see the curriculum requirements listed below for details on which GEFs you will need to select.
|General Education Foundations|
|F1 - Composition & Rhetoric||3-6|
|Introduction to Composition and Rhetoric|
and Composition, Rhetoric, and Research
or ENGL 103
|Accelerated Academic Writing|
|F2A/F2B - Science & Technology||4-6|
|F3 - Math & Quantitative Skills||3-4|
|F4 - Society & Connections||3|
|F5 - Human Inquiry & the Past||3|
|F6 - The Arts & Creativity||3|
|F7 - Global Studies & Diversity||3|
|F8 - Focus (may be satisfied by completion of a minor, double major, or dual degree)||9|
Please note that not all of the GEF courses are offered at all campuses. Students should consult with their advisor or academic department regarding the GEF course offerings available at their campus.
|Minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in all coursework|
|First Year Studies Requirement|
|GEF Requirements 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7||18|
|IMMB 191||First-Year Seminar||1|
|BIOC 339||Introduction to Biochemistry||4|
|BIOL 115||Principles of Biology||4|
|BIOL 117||Introductory Physiology||4|
|BIOL 219||The Living Cell||4|
|BIOL 324||Molecular Genetics||3|
|Select one of the following sequences:||8|
|Fundamentals of Chemistry|
and Fundamentals of Chemistry
|Principles of Chemistry|
and Principles of Chemistry
|CHEM 233||Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 234||Organic Chemistry||3|
|CHEM 235||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|CHEM 236||Organic Chemistry Laboratory||1|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Calculus 1a with Precalculus|
|Calculus 1b with Precalculus|
|Select one of the following sequences:||8|
and Introductory Physics
and General Physics
|STAT 211||Elementary Statistical Inference||3|
|or STAT 215||Introduction to Probability and Statistics|
|or ECON 225||Elementary Business and Economics Statistics|
|IMMB 150||Microbiology Colloquium 1||2|
|IMMB 200||Immunology Colloquium 1||2|
|IMMB 250||Microbiology Colloquium 2||2|
|IMMB 300||Immunology Colloquium 2||2|
|IMMB 301||Basic Medical Microbiology||4|
|IMMB 302||Principles of Immunobiology||3|
|IMMB 310||Bacterlal Pathogenesis||4|
|IMMB 320||Cellular Immunobiology||3|
|IMMB 400||Senior Colloquium 1||1|
|IMMB 405||Scientific Integrity||1|
|IMMB 410||Microbial Genetics||3|
|IMMB 420||Molecular Immunobiology||5|
|IMMB 450||Senior Colloquium 2||1|
|IMMB 460||Contemporary Issues for Majors||3|
|IMMB 470||Medical Virology||3|
|IMMB 484||Senior Thesis (fulfills Writing and Communication Skills and Capstone requirements)||3|
|Choose 9 credits from the following IMMB approved Electives||9|
|Professional Field Experience|
and Food Microbiology Lab
|Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology|
|Communicating Natural Science|
|Biochemical Basis of Therapeutics|
|Molecular Biology of Cancer|
|Science of Food Preparation|
|Food Service Systems Management|
|IMMB 191||1||ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3|
|IMMB 150||2||CHEM 116 (GEF 2)||4|
|MATH 150 (GEF 3)||3||BIOL 117||4|
|CHEM 115 (GEF 8)||4||GEF 4, 5, 6, or 7||3|
|BIOL 115 (GEF 8)||4|
|GEF 4, 5, 6, or 7||3|
|CHEM 233||3||CHEM 234||3|
|CHEM 235||1||CHEM 236||1|
|BIOL 219||4||IMMB 200||2|
|IMMB 250||2||PHYS 102 (GEF 8)||4|
|PHYS 101||4||GEF 4, 5, 6, or 7||3|
|ENGL 102 (GEF 1)||3|
|BIOC 339||4||BIOL 324||3|
|IMMB 300||2||IMMB 310||4|
|IMMB 301||4||IMMB 320||3|
|IMMB 302||3||GEF 4, 5, 6, or 7||3|
|Elective (IMMB approved)||3||Elective (IMMB Approved)||3|
|STAT 211||3||IMMB 405||1|
|IMMB 400||1||IMMB 450||1|
|IMMB 410||3||IMMB 460||3|
|IMMB 420||5||IMMB 470||3|
|IMMB 494||1||IMMB 484||3|
|Elective (IMMB approved)||3|
|Total credit hours: 120|
Major Learning Outcomes
Immunology & Medical Microbiology
Goal 1: The Bachelor of Science in Immunology and Medical Microbiology program is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the basis of the mammalian immune system and how it functions to protect the body from infectious agents in conjunction with an in-depth knowledge and understanding of pathogens.
Goal 2: Students will be prepared to serve as professionals that are knowledgeable about the immune system of humans and other mammals, how the immune system functions, and the consequences of its malfunction on the health of the host.
Goal 3: Students’ knowledge of the immune system will be fully integrated with an understanding of the diversity of microorganisms that cause disease in humans and other mammals and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis.
Goal 4: Graduates of the program will provide a well-trained healthcare and research workforce who have the education and experience to work in a variety of occupations that require knowledge in immunology, medical microbiology, and related disciplines.
Goal 5: Graduates will possess the laboratory skills and knowledge needed to assess the functional status of the immune system and to safely cultivate and identify microorganisms that cause disease in mammals.
Goal 6: Graduates will be well-suited for various educational or career options. They will be qualified to work as immunologists or microbiologists in many diverse fields – including biotechnology research and industry, the pharmaceutical industry, the medical industry, the public health arena, academia, and various state and federal government agencies.
Goal 7: Graduates will be well prepared for advanced graduate or professional school education and training including public health, medicine, dentistry, and pharmacy.
IMMB 150. Microbiology Colloquium 1. 2 Hours.
Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to introduce students to the disciplines of immunology and medical mircobiology.
IMMB 191. First-Year Seminar. 1-3 Hours.
Engages students in active learning strategies that enable effective transition to college life at WVU. Students will explore school, college and university programs, policies and services relevant to academic success. Provides active learning activities that enable effective transition to the academic environment. Students examine school, college and university programs, policies and services.
IMMB 200. Immunology Colloquium 1. 2 Hours.
PR: IMMB 150 with a minimum grade of C-. Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to introduce students to the discipline of immunology.
IMMB 250. Microbiology Colloquium 2. 2 Hours.
PR: IMMB 150 with a minimum grade of C-. Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to continue to introduce students to the discipline of medical microbiology.
IMMB 300. Immunology Colloquium 2. 2 Hours.
PR: IMMB 200 with a minimum grade of C-. Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to continue to introduce students to the discipline of immunology.
IMMB 301. Basic Medical Microbiology. 4 Hours.
PR: IMMB 150 with a minimum grade of C-. Combined lectures and laboratory exercises on the study of pathogenic microorganisms and clinical laboratoy techniques.
IMMB 302. Principles of Immunobiology. 3 Hours.
PR: IMMB 200 with a minimum grade of C-. Study of the basic concepts underlying the mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity.
IMMB 310. Bacterial Pathogenesis. 4 Hours.
PR: IMMB 410 with a minimum grade of C-. Pathogenic bacteiology with an emphasis on the mechanicms of pathogenesis. Topics include microbial adherence, motility, toxin production and mechanisms, and normal flora and disease.
IMMB 320. Cellular Immunobiology. 3 Hours.
PR: IMMB 302 with a minimum grade of C-. Emphasis on understanding the cellular elements that impact immune responses. This course builds on fundamental principles discussed in IMMB 302 to address areas of current research in immunobiology.
IMMB 327. Parasitology. 2 Hours.
PR: IMMB 301 with a minimum grade of C-. (For medical tehnology students; other students with consent.) Study of animal parasites and disease wectors with empasis on disease manifestations, parasite biology, and laboratory diagnosis.
IMMB 350. Microbiology Colloquium 3. 2 Hours.
PR: IMMB 250. Peer and faculty-led experiences to introduce students to the disciplines of medical microbiology.
IMMB 400. Immunology/Microbiology Journal Club. 1 Hour.
PR: IMMB 320 with a minimum grade of C-. Review and discussion on current immunology and medical microbiology literature. Seniors are required to lead one discussion session before graduation.
IMMB 405. Scientific Integrity. 1 Hour.
PR: IMMB 400 with a minimum grade of C-. Discussion and review of topics addressing fundamental issues in maintenance of scientific integrity in biomedical research.
IMMB 410. Microbial Genetics. 3 Hours.
PR: IMMB 301 with a minimum grade of C-. Molecular aspects of mutation, gene transfer mechanisms, genetic mapping, and genetic control using bactaria and bacteriophage systems as models.
IMMB 420. Molecular Immunobiology. 5 Hours.
PR: IMMB 320 with a minimum grade of C-. Study of the structure and function of the families of molecules employed by the immune system to recognize and initiate the immune response and the signaling pathways within the cell involved in the immune system.
IMMB 450. Immunology/Microbiology Journal Club 2. 1 Hour.
PR: IMMB 400 with a minimum grade of C-. Review and discussions on current immunology and medical microbiology literature. Seniors are required to lead one discussion session before graduation.
IMMB 460. Contemporary Issues for Majors. 3 Hours.
PR: IMMB 420 with a minimum grade of C-. Detailed coverage for major issues of contemporary research in immunobiology.
IMMB 470. Medical Virology. 3 Hours.
Molecular biology of viruses that are important both biologically and medically. Includes a basic introduction to replication and genetics as well as current topics in moleclar virology.
IMMB 480. Vaccinology. 4 Hours.
PR: IMMB 302 and IMMB 310 and IMMB 320 and IMMB 410 with a minimum grade of C- in each. Emphasis on understanding vaccinology in the contexts of historical significance, vaccine models, pre-clinical to clinical development, human efficacy, and relationships with the public.
IMMB 484. Senior Thesis. 3 Hours.
PR: IMMB 420 with a minimum grade of C-. Essays and oral presentations by senior students covering contemporary topics in immunology and medical microbiology. Senior students are required to present one seminar before graduation.
IMMB 490. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Teaching practice as a tutor or assistant.
IMMB 491. Professional Field Experience. 1-18 Hours.
PR: Consent. (May be repeated up to a maximum of 18 hours.) Prearranged experiential learning program, to be planned, supervised, and evaluated for credit by faculty and field supervisors. Involves temporary placement with public or private enterprise for professional competence development.
IMMB 493. Special Topics. 1-6 Hours.
PR: Consent. Investigation of topics not covered in regularly scheduled courses.
IMMB 494. Seminar. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Presentation and discussion of topics of mutual concern to students and faculty.
IMMB 496. Senior Thesis. 1-3 Hours.
IMMB 497. Research. 1-6 Hours.
Independent research projects.