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Immunology and Medical MicrobiologyMajor

Our program is the only one of its kind in West Virginia and surrounding states. If you are interested in a career in healthcare, research, biosafety or biotechnology, consider the BS in Immunology and Medical Microbiology.

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Ratio of IMMB students to primary faculty


What is Immunology and Medical Microbiology at WVU like?


The Immunology and Medical Microbiology curriculum uses a hands-on research approach, which makes it excellent preparation for medical, dental or veterinary school, graduate school and biotechnology.

You’ll gain an in-depth understanding of how the immune system protects hosts from infectious diseases and the consequences of immune system malfunction, which can result in autoimmunity or cancer.

Our program fully integrates knowledge of the immune system with an excellent understanding of the mechanisms utilized by bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites to cause disease. You will develop the laboratory skills and knowledge needed to assess the function of the immune system and to safely cultivate and identify microorganisms that cause disease in mammals.

Immunology and Medical Microbiology program highlights:

At a Glance

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What makes Immunology and Medical Microbiology at WVU unique?

Accelerated Master's Program

Immunology and Medical Microbiology offers the option to earn a bachelor's and master's degree in an accelerated time frame.

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Areas of Focus: Focus your studies in immunology, medical microbiology, infectious disease, neuroimmunology or cancer immunology. Join a research lab in the Health Sciences Center.

  • IMMB Research Internship: Provides financial support to conduct research for 2.5 years after the sophomore year.

  • Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM): Attend the annual meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the ASM. Participate in Chapter outreach functions.

  • Additional research opportunities at WVU: Neuroscience Undergraduate Research Internships, Cancer Center Undergraduate Research Fellowship and Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE).

Living-Learning Communities (LLCs)

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How does this degree prepare students for a career?

Graduates often enter graduate and professional programs, including medical school, MD/PhD programs and PhD graduate programs. Others have entered master's programs in Epidemiology, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics at a School of Public Health.

Students with an IMMB degree have also gone on to acquire jobs as research associates in university research laboratories.

In addition, the degree can lead to jobs in biotechnology, biosafety, pharmaceuticals, public health and government agencies, as well as other professions.

Possible Careers

Wondering what you can do with a degree from WVU's Immunology and Medical Microbiology major? Check out these ideas from WVU Career Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is the midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

This page includes information from O*NET OnLine by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license.


Graduates from this major have gone to work at:


What are the courses like in Immunology and Medical Microbiology at WVU?

Plan of Study

Check out a program overview, learning goals, course descriptions and suggested plan of study for WVU's Immunology and Medical Microbiology major.

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Popular Courses

IMMB 150:
Microbiology Colloquium 1

Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to introduce students to the disciplines of immunology and medical microbiology.

IMMB 200:
Immunology Colloquium 1

Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to introduce students to the discipline of immunology.

IMMB 300:
Immunology Colloquium 2

Peer and faculty-led learning experiences to continue to introduce students to the discipline of immunology.

IMMB 301:
Basic Medical Microbiology

Combined lectures and laboratory exercises on the study of pathogenic microorganisms and clinical laboratory techniques.

IMMB 405:
Scientific Integrity

Discussion and review of topics addressing fundamental issues in maintenance of scientific integrity in biomedical research.

IMMB 410:
Microbial Genetics

Molecular aspects of mutation, gene transfer mechanisms, genetic mapping, and genetic control using bacteria and bacteriophage systems as models.

IMMB 420:
Molecular Immunobiology

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.

Capstone Projects

Before graduating, all undergraduates in this major complete an academic project (or "capstone") to demonstrate their research, communication and critical thinking skills.

Students analyze published research manuscripts in the field of immunology and/or medical microbiology, present a seminar on a specific topic in the field, and write a paper on this project. Recent projects include:

Cost and Aid

How much does Immunology and Medical Microbiology at WVU cost? And how can you save?

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current West Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

West Virginia Resident
Per Credit $453
Per Semester $5,436
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,872
Per Credit $1,271
Per Semester $15,252
Fall and Spring Semesters $30,504
Per Credit $1,271
Per Semester $15,552
Fall and Spring Semesters $31,104
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Transfer Articulation Agreements

To simplify the transfer process, we have formal agreements with certain institutions. These agreements outline the courses you should take to prepare for transferring to WVU.

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What are the requirements to apply for Immunology and Medical Microbiology at WVU?

To be admitted to WVU's Immunology and Medical Microbiology major, first-time freshmen must meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2022-23 academic year. They also must meet the following admission requirement. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

For direct admission to the Immunology and Medical Microbiology program:
  • GPA: 3.70
  • ACT Math: 26
  • SAT Math: 610
  • ALEKS: 65

If you don't meet the admission requirements for WVU's Immunology and Medical Microbiology major, check out some related programs.

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