Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Immunology

Program Contact: Thomas Martin 203-582-3368

Rapid and expanding advances in the field of microbiology and immunology have created a need for employees with expertise in a variety of areas. Our graduates are prepared for exciting careers in the expanding medical, clinical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, molecular and health industries. This program also prepares the student for advanced study in specialized graduate science, health and medical programs.

The program offers students a range of classroom, laboratory and independent research experiences. All courses consist of lecture and hands-on laboratories where students perform the most current research techniques. In addition to courses in the sciences, the University Curriculum course offerings prepare students with a broad-based conceptual understanding of science and its role in society.

Included in this program is a two-semester required undergraduate seminar/research experience performed with faculty in research laboratories. This experience allows the student to develop the expertise and experience to be successful in beginning a career or in graduate study. All of our students give formal presentations of their independent research projects. Many have presented the results of research experiences at professional scientific meetings.

Successful third- and fourth-year students may be able to obtain internships or part-time work experiences during the school year and/or summer in government labs and major pharmaceutical or biotechnology companies located in the region. To remain in good standing within the program, the student must maintain a math and science of GPA of 2.25.

BS in Microbiology and Immunology Curriculum

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterCredits
BIO 150 General Biology for Majors 4
CHE 110
110L
General Chemistry I
and General Chemistry I Lab
4
EN 101 Introduction to Academic Reading and Writing 3
MA 140
Pre-Calculus 1
or Calculus of a Single Variable
3
FYS 101 First-Year Seminar 3
 Credits17
Spring Semester
BIO 151 Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics 4
CHE 111
111L
General Chemistry II
and General Chemistry II Lab
4
EN 102 Academic Writing and Research 3
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
 Credits17
Second Year
Fall Semester
BMS 370
370L
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Lab
4
CHE 210
210L
Organic Chemistry I
and Organic Chemistry I Lab
4
PHY 110
110L
General Physics I
and General Physics I Lab
4
UC Disciplinary Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Spring Semester
CHE 211
211L
Organic Chemistry II
and Organic Chemistry II Lab
4
PHY 111
111L
General Physics II
and General Physics II Lab
4
BMS 372
372L
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Lab
4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Third Year
Fall Semester
BMS 375
375L
Immunology
and Immunology Lab
4
Microbiology Elective 3-4
Science Elective 4
UC Personal Inquiry 2 3
 Credits14-15
Spring Semester
CHE 315
315L
Biochemistry I
and Biochemistry Lab I
4
Microbiology Elective 3 4
Science Elective 4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall Semester
BMS 478 Microbiology Seminar 1
Immunology Elective 3-4
Science Elective 4
Science Elective 4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits15-16
Spring Semester
BMS 479 Microbiology Research 2
QU 420 Integrative Capstone 3
Microbiology Elective 4
Microbiology Elective 4
UC Personal Inquiry 3
 Credits16
 Total Credits124-126

Microbiology and Science Electives 

BIO 346
346L
Cell Physiology
and Cell Physiology Lab
4
BIO 471
471L
Molecular Genetics
and Molecular Genetics Lab
4
BMS 278Research and Technology3
BMS 319Public Health: Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases3
BMS 373
373L
Mycology
and Mycology Lab
4
BMS 470Virology4
BMS 472Biotechnology4
BMS 473Infections of Leisure3
BMS 474Power of Plagues3
BMS 476Environmental Microbiology3
BMS 481Research Methods in Biomedical Sciences I1-4
BMS 482Independent Study in Microbiology1-4
BMS 483Independent Study in Microbiology1-4
BMS 526Epidemiology3
BMS 584Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases3
BMS 585Outbreak Control3

Immunology and Science Electives

BMS 378Vaccines and Vaccine-Preventable Diseases3
BMS 473Infections of Leisure3
BMS 474Power of Plagues3
BMS 482Independent Study in Microbiology1-4
BMS 483Independent Study in Microbiology1-4
BMS 525Vaccines and Vaccine Preventable Diseases3
BMS 561Immunohematology3
BMS 595Transplantation Immunology3
BMS 596Immunology of Infectious Diseases3

Recommended Science Electives

BIO 211
211L
Human Anatomy and Physiology I
and Human Anatomy and Physiology Lab I
4
BIO 212
212L
Human Anatomy and Physiology II
and Human Anatomy and Physiology II Lab
4
BIO 282
282L
Genetics
and Genetics Lab
4
BIO 317
317L
Developmental Biology
and Developmental Biology Lab
4
BMS 332Histology4

Additional electives may be selected with the approval of the department chair.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Microbiology and Immunology degree program is to provide students with a solid basic science foundation in preparation for studying the upper-level sciences related to immunology and microbiology. This is meant to provide many opportunities to students who are interested in pursuing graduate programs (MS/PhD) in the micro-biological sciences (e.g., bacteriology, virology, public health, etc.), as well as sciences related to immunology (e.g., vaccines, epidemiology, cancer biology, etc.).

Additionally, students may pursue one of the medical-related professions (e.g., physician, physician assistant, dentist, veterinarian, pharmacist, chiropractor, etc.). Students who choose not to go on to graduate or professional school are able to apply for research and development positions in pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies.

Students learn about molecular biology with hands-on student-directed laboratory projects where thinking, planning and problem-solving skills are developed. Independent research projects under the guidance of faculty allow development of these skills with “real-world” experiences.

Student skills are evaluated continuously with written and oral presentations, encouraging the refinement of communication skills critical to a successful career. Products of student research activity are presented in seminars and at regional or national scientific meetings.

Admission Into the Program

Admission into the Microbiology and Immunology program is dependent on the applicant’s potential to pursue a university program and on past academic performance. The high school student applying for admission into the Microbiology and Immunology program should have a strong background in the biological sciences. To remain in good standing within the program, the student must maintain a math and science GPA of 2.25.

Transfer Students from within Quinnipiac University

Students currently attending Quinnipiac University in another program may be accepted into the Microbiology and Immunology  program based upon a review of qualification by the program director. Students may apply upon completion of at least one semester at Quinnipiac University. Students transferring in as a junior (i.e., 57 credits or more) must have completed both the general biology requirements, specifically, 8 credits of BIO 101 & BIO 102 or BIO 150 & BIO 151, and the general chemistry requirements, specifically, 8 credits of Quinnipiac’s CHE 110 & CHE 111 prior to entry into the upper-class component of the program. Student must also meet the performance standards of the program (minimum math & science GPA of 2.25).

Transfer Students from Other Colleges and Universities

Transfer students from other colleges and universities may be accepted into the Microbiology and Immunology program. These students must meet the program’s performance standards and course requirements. For all transfer students, a minimum GPA of 2.67 is required. Students transferring in as a junior (i.e., 57 credits or more) must have completed both the general biology requirements, specifically, the equivalent of 8 credits of Quinnipiac’s BIO 101  & BIO 102 or BIO 150 & BIO 151 and the general chemistry requirements specifically, the equivalent of 8 credits of Quinnipiac’s CHE 110 & CHE 111 prior to entry into the upper-class component of the program. Transfer students wishing to enter this program will be given appropriate transfer credit for previous college work.

Pre-Medical Studies Program

Students majoring in Health Science Studies, Biology, Biomedical Sciences or the natural science track of Behavioral Neuroscience may fully participate in the pre-medical studies program. The curriculum in this degree program can fulfill the science prerequisites for most professional schools. Students should refer to Pre-Medical Studies for more information about the pre-medical studies program and contact the Health Professions Advisory Committee for further academic advising.