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MICR 810 Fundamentals of Immunology

MICR 810.  Fundamentals of Immunology.  2 Credits.     

Immune cells and soluble mediators of the innate and adaptive systems, antigen and pattern recognition, lymphocyte development and activation, immune effector mechanisms, mechanisms of immune-based diseases. Analysis and applications of experimental systems and discussion of contemporary as well as classical primary literature in the field. Collaborative learning and communication skills emphasized. Prerequisite: Introductory course work in cell and molecular biology; biochemistry and genetics.

Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology

 A Ph.D. is required for careers in independent academic research in microbiology and immunology. The Ph.D. degree is most often followed by two or more years of postdoctoral training in a specific area of research. Ph.D. graduates in microbiology, with appropriate postdoctoral experience, are ready to compete effectively for faculty positions at a college or university, senior level positions in biotech industry and government. The faculty in this program have diverse research interests ranging from the molecular pathogenesis of infectious agents (bacteria and viruses) to the understanding of immune function. Students with undergraduate degrees in microbiology, biochemistry or other similar disciplines are encouraged to apply.

Master of Science in Microbiology

M.S. degrees may be earned with a major emphasis in bacteriology, virology or immunology.  M.S. program is designed to prepare for a diverse workforce of scientists, teachers and administrators who fill the broad science and engineering employment needs of the private and government sectors. It may also lead to teaching positions at the secondary or junior college level.