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Plan of Study for the MS Degree

Students enrolled in the MSI&I program must take all "required" courses in the semesters indicated in the Plan of Study. Exemption from a required course is rarely given, and must be approved by both the course director and the Program Director.

In the first year... Introduction to Immunology, Principles of Microbial Pathogenesis, Advanced Core Concepts in Microbiology & Immunology, Special Topics in Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics, Ethics in Research, and Experimental Design & Data Analysis.

In the second year… A unique research experience that culminates in a written thesis with publications to follow. Electives are offered that will allow the student to become familiar with the scientific literature, as well as the development of the student's written and oral communication skills.

Part-time Students

Every effort will be made to encourage students to attend full-time in order to reduce the length of time to earn the MSI&I degree. Under certain circumstances, part-time matriculation may be allowed. In the case of part-time students, one additional year may be granted to complete all requirements of the program. The MSI&I Program Director will work with students requesting part-time status in order to tailor a program plan that guarantees completion within the third year.


Course Descriptions

Course Name/Description
CSBL 5095

CSBL 5095, Experimental Design and Data Analysis
(3 credit hours)

The purpose of the course is to provide an introduction to experimental design and statistical analysis. The emphasis of the course will be on the selection and application of proper tests of statistical significance. Practical experience will be provided in the use of both parametric and nonparametric methods of statistical evaluation. Among the topics to be covered are: data reduction, types of distributions, hypothesis testing, scales of measurement, chi square analysis, the special case of the comparison of two groups; analysis of variance; a posteriori multiple comparisons tests, tests of the assumptions of parametric analyses, advanced forms of the analysis of variance, linear regression, and correlation analysis. This course involves the use of statistical software; therefore, access to a laptop or a computer with web access for classes and examinations is required.

INTD 5082

INTD 5082, Responsible Conduct of Research
(1.5 credit hours)

This foundational course introduces students to core ethical content necessary for responsible research conduct. Through interactive seminars, students will learn about (1) scientists as responsible members of society (contemporary ethical issues in biomedical research and environmental/social impacts of research), (2) policies for research with human subjects and vertebrate animals, (3) collaborative research, (4) conflicts of interest (personal, professional, financial), (5) data acquisition and laboratory tools (management, sharing, ownership), (6) responsible authorship and publication, (7) mentor/trainee responsibilities and relationships, (8) peer review, and (9) research misconduct (forms of misconduct and management policies).

MICR 5025

MICR 5025, Eukaryotic Pathogens
(1 credit hour)

The Eukaryotic Pathogens course will provide students with a basic comprehensive understanding of parasitology and mycology.  The first part of this course will focus on virulence mechanisms and the host immune response with respect to a variety of parasites that cause major human diseases.  The second part of this course will cover several important areas of medical mycology including taxonomy/phylogeny, diagnostics/epidemiology, mating/phenotypic switching, morphology, pathogenesis and antifungal therapies.

MICR 5026

MICR 5026, Bacterial Pathogens
(1 credit hours)

This is an introductory course in microbial pathogenesis focusing on bacterial pathogens that are important in human disease. Students will receive a foundation in the basic concepts and experimental approaches that are crucial for understanding the discipline through directed readings and didactic instruction. Specific concepts, strategies, and mechanisms used by human bacterial pathogens to cause disease will be illustrated.

MICR 5027

MICR 5027, Immunology
(1 credit hours)

This course will focus on fundamental concepts in immunology with emphasis on experimental strategies for elucidating the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying immune responses. Lecture topics will illustrate important concepts in innate immunity, cytokine signaling, antigen recognition and presentation, the genetics of immune receptors and the major histocompatibility complex, immunity to infection, and immunopathology (e.g., hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, etc.).

MICR 5028

MICR 5028, Virology
(1 credit hours)

This course focuses on the molecular and cellular biology of animal viruses, and their interactions with host cells. Many of the viruses to be covered in this course are medically significant or have provided critical information that has expanded our understanding of cell biology, immunology, development, and differentiation.

MICR 5031

MICR 5031, Pathogenic Microbiology
(4 credit hours)

This lectures-only course integrates different disciplines (immunology, cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, physiology, and medical microbiology) with a central theme focused on molecular mechanisms of microbial pathogenesis in man. Prerequisite: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

MICR 5051

MICR 5051, Into to Immunology
(2 credit hours)

This course is a study of immune responses with emphasis on experimental strategies for elucidating cellular and molecular mechanisms. Three phases of study: (1) immunochemistry and molecular biology of antibodies, lymphocyte receptors, and products of the major histocompatibility complex; (2) cellular interactions and immuno-regulation; and (3) immunopathologies (hypersensitivity, autoimmunity, immunodeficiency, transplantation rejection, and tumor immunology). Prerequisites: consent of instructor, courses in General Biology and Genetics recommended.

MICR 5091

MICR 5091, Current Topics in Microbiology & Immunology
(0.5-3 credit hours)

This is a flexibly scheduled course designed for the Master of Science in Immunology & Infection program to familiarize M.S. students with the research programs of the faculty in the Department of Microbiology & Immunology. The objectives of the course include: (i) introducing students to the cutting-edge research in each of the research laboratories within the Microbiology and Immunology Department; (ii) giving students the opportunity to interact one-on-one with the Master’s program faculty conducting research; and (iii) helping the students make an informed choice about the laboratory in which they will pursue their degree.

MICR 6097

MICR 6097, Research
(6 credit hours)

This course consists of independent, original research under the direction of faculty advisor. May be conducted in bacteriology, virology, mycology, parasitology, and immunology.

MICR 6098

MICR 6098, Thesis
(1 credit hours)

Registration for at least one term is required of M.S. candidates. Admission to candidacy for the Master of Science degree is required.

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Forms for Reporting Student Progress

Immunology & Infection

To monitor and record progress made in the MSI&I graduate program, students are required to submit appropriate forms. As shown in the following table, these forms are submitted to COGS and/or the GSBS at years during the pursuit of their degree. Students are encouraged to type in requested information into the active fields of the forms before submitting them.


MS Handbook

MS Degree Forms

COGS 111 – Request approval thesis committee membership
COGS 112 – Request approval thesis proposal
COGS 113 – Evaluation of committee meeting
COGS 116 – Year 2+ Committee Meeting Evaluation (Make copies for each committee member)
GSBS 31 – Request for Admission to Candidacy for MS degree
GSBS 41 – Report on Final Oral Exam for MS degree
GSBS 42 – Request approval of Members of Thesis Advisory Committee & Research Proposal


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