Immunology & Medical Microbiology
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.
Applicants must fulfill all requirements for admission to WVU and the IMMB program:
- ACT Math score of 26, or SAT Math score of 600, or place into Chemistry 115
- High school GPA of ≥ 3.75
- 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|
|Minimum GPA of 2.75 is required in all coursework|
|First Year Studies Requirement|
|WVUE 191||First Year Seminar||1|
|GEF Requirements 1, 4, 5, 6, and 7||18|
|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|
|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|
|Applied Water Microbiology|
and Food Microbiology Lab
|Advanced Cellular/Molecular Biology|
|Clinical Laboratory Mycology|
|Professional Field Experience|
Suggested Plan of Study
|MATH 150 (GEF 3)||3||ENGL 101 (GEF 1)||3|
|CHEM 115 (GEF 8)||4||CHEM 116 (GEF 2)||4|
|WVUE 191||1||IMMB 150||2|
|BIOL 115 (GEF 8)||4||BIOL 117||4|
|GEF 4, 5, 6, or 7||3||GEF 4, 5, 6, or 7||3|
|CHEM 233||3||CHEM 234||3|
|CHEM 235||1||CHEM 236||1|
|BIOL 219||4||IMMB 250||2|
|IMMB 200||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 Goals
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 200. Immunology Colloquium 1. 2 Hours.
Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to introduce students to the discipline of immunology.
IMMB 250. Microbiology Colloquium 2. 2 Hours.
PR: IMMB: 150. 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. Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to continue to introduce students to the discipline of immunology.
IMMB 301. Basic Medical Microbiology. 4 Hours.
Combined lectures and laboratory exercises on the study of pathogenic microorganisms and clinical laboratoy techniques.
IMMB 302. Principles of Immunobiology. 3 Hours.
Study of the basic concepts underlying the mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity.
IMMB 310. Bacterlal Pathogenesis. 4 Hours.
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.
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.
(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. Senior Colloquium 1. 1 Hour.
Review and discussion on current immunology and medical microbiology literarure. Seniors are required to lead one discussion session before graduation.
IMMB 405. Scientific Integrity. 1 Hour.
Discussion and review of topics addressing fundamental issues in maintenance of scientific integrity in biomedical research.
IMMB 410. Microbial Genetics. 3 Hours.
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.
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. Senior Colloquium 2. 1 Hour.
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.
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 484. Senior Thesis. 3 Hours.
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 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 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.
- John B. Barnett - Ph.D.
- V.M. Rajendran - Ph.D.
- Mariette Barbier - Ph.D.
- Kathy Brundage - Ph.D.
Technical Director of Flow Cytometry Core Facility
- Duaa Dakhlallah - Ph.D.
Epigenetic regulation in sepsis and pulmonary fibrosis
- F. Heath Damron - Ph.D.
- Jennifer Franko - Ph.D.
Effects of gender and microbiome diversity on immunity
- Ivan Martinez - Ph.D.
Non-coding RNAs and oncogenic viruses
- Gordon Meares - Ph.D.
- Edwin Wan - Ph.D.
The role of cytokine signaling in autoimmunity and infectious diseases
- Valerie Watson - M.S.
- Tin Eubank - Ph.D.
Tumor macrophages and the tumor microenvironment
- Slawomir Lukomski - Ph.D.
Bacterial Pathogenesis and Nanodiagnostics
- Karen Martin - Ph.D.
- Lisa Robinson - Ph.D.
Cell signaling systems regulating bone and bone marrow interactions
- Rosana Schafer - Ph.D.
- James M. Sheil - Ph.D.
- Don Beezhold - Ph.D.
- John Noti - Ph.D.
- David Weissman - M.D.
Adjunct associate professor
- David Klinke - Ph.D.
Adjunct assistant professors
- Stacey Anderson - Ph.D.
- Brett Green - Ph.D.
- Yong Qian - Ph.D.