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Immunology and Medical Microbiology

If you’re interested in a career in healthcare or research, consider Immunology and Medical Microbiology. Our curriculum uses a hands-on research approach to learning, which also makes it excellent preparation for medical, dental and veterinary school, or other graduate work.


What is Immunology and Medical Microbiology at WVU like?


The BS in Immunology and Medical Microbiology prepares professionals who 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.

Our program fully integrates knowledge of the immune system with an excellent understanding of the diversity of microorganisms that cause disease in humans and other mammals and mechanisms of disease pathogenesis. 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.

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Fast Facts

What makes Immunology and Medical Microbiology at WVU unique?

Research and Academic Opportunities

  • Areas of Focus: You can focus your studies in immunology, medical microbiology, host pathogen interactions, infectious disease, neuroimmunology, cancer immunology or research (opportunities include participating in cutting-edge research in the biomedical laboratories at WVU Health Sciences).

  • IMMB Research Internship: The Department offers internships of research-intensive training for qualified undergraduates. The research internship program provides long-term financial support so that you may enter a research laboratory following your sophomore year and continue in the laboratory throughout your junior and senior years, including summer sessions.

  • Student Chapter of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) provides support to undergraduates to attend the annual regional meeting of the Allegheny Branch of the ASM. You can present research in oral and poster presentations and network with other students and faculty from academic institutions from Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware.

  • Additional research opportunities at WVU: Neuroscience Summer Undergraduate Research Internships, Cancer Center Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Program, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) and Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cell Biology Research Laboratories.

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What can you do with this degree?

Graduates typically pursue medical school MD programs, MD/PhD programs and PhD graduate programs.

Students with an IMMB degree acquire jobs in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, public health and government agencies but are not limited to these 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.

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

Major Map

Check out the course requirements 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 mircobiology.

IMMB 200:
Immunology Colloquium 1

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

IMMB 250:
Microbiology Colloquium 2

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

IMMB 300:
Immunology Colloquium 2

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

IMMB 405:
Scientific Integrity

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

Capstone Projects

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

In IMMB 484 – Senior Thesis, students are expected to analyze the scientific literature relating to a topic of their choosing in the field of immunology and/or medical microbiology. The goal is to learn a particular immunology or medical microbiology topic in depth, identify knowledge gaps in the scientific literature and methods to “fill-in” those gaps and to consider the societal issues associated with this topic. Based upon this research, students write an NIH-style grant proposal and present a 15-minute presentation to the Department (faculty, graduate and undergraduate students).

Topics have included:

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 2018-19 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 $438
Per Semester $5,256
Fall and Spring Semesters $10,512
Per Credit $1,231
Per Semester $14,772
Fall and Spring Semesters $29,544
Per Credit $1,231
Per Semester $15,072
Fall and Spring Semesters $30,144
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Academic Common Market

In-state tuition for Immunology and Medical Microbiology is available through the Southern Regional Education's Academic Common Market for students from:

  • Georgia

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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?

Program Requirements

In addition to meeting WVU's base admission standards, first-time freshmen must also meet the following admission requirement for the 2019-20 academic year:

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

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University Requirements

To be admitted to WVU's Immunology and Medical Microbiology major, you must first meet WVU's first-time freshman admission requirements for the 2019-20 academic year. Interested in transferring? Review the transfer admission requirements.

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