WVU’s BS in IMMB curriculum is a unique combination of two disciplines – immunology and medical microbiology. Our coursework gives you thorough exposure to both disciplines and provides hands-on laboratory experience starting your freshman year.
Direct Entry Graduate Program
IMMB offers well-qualified students the option to gain direct entry into a PhD program, working with the same faculty mentor with whom the student has already built a professional relationship during undergraduate study.
Tailor this major to your interests by taking one of these courses as you pursue your degree:
This course will explore broad aspects of introductory microbiology including microbial cell structure, growth, and metabolism, with an emphasis on microorganisms that cause disease.
Basic Medical Microbiology
Study of the basic concepts underlying the mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity.
Principles of Immunobiology
Molecular aspects of mutation, gene transfer mechanisms, genetic mapping, and genetic control using bacteria and bacteriophage systems as models.
Pathogenic bacteriology with an emphasis on the mechanisms of pathogenesis. Topics include microbial adherence, motility, toxin production and mechanisms, and normal flora and disease.
Discussion and review of topics addressing fundamental issues in maintenance of scientific integrity in biomedical research.
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.
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.
Take advantage of special options related to this major:
Expand your curiosity — and enhance your curriculum — through the WVU Honors College. Two programs are offered: Honors Foundations for first-
and second-year students and Honors EXCEL for third- and fourth-year students.