Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

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How long does it take?

This 120 credit program is designed to be completed in four years.

Who can apply? 

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED.

What will I learn in a microbiology and immunology degree program?

The major in microbiology and immunology focuses on modern microbiology, with special attention to human and animal immunology.

Learning outcomes

Jointly offered by the College of Science and the School of Medicine, the bachelor's degree program in microbiology and immunology is designed for students who are interested in a career in laboratory research. Our courses will include introductory courses in math, biology, chemistry and physics before you move on to complete advanced courses in microbiology and immunology. 

During the program, you are encouraged to get involved in research supervised by one of the program faculty members, focusing on medical research. Students who major in microbiology and immunology are also well prepared to apply for admission to graduate or professional school in the health sciences, including dental and medical schools.  

Undergraduate research opportunities

Working in a research lab as an undergraduate is an invaluable complement to your coursework. After graduation, microbiology and immunology students may puruse a career with a research component, so having research experience is a great addition to your resume and allows you to explore possible career paths before graduation.

Research also provides you an opportunity to get experience with basic lab techniques, troubleshooting experiments and scientific problem solving as well as working as part of a team. You'll also be able to develop mentoring relationships with faculty and advanced graduate students, who can help you build your professional network and develop your research skills. 

Options in the microbiology and immunology degree program

  • Minor in microbiology and immunology

    A minor in microbiology and immunology offers students the opportunity to take a concentration of courses in microbiology and gain familiarity with fundamentals of the field. Although this minor is open to all students at the University not majoring in microbiology and immunology, the required courses have several prerequisites in biology and chemistry.

  • NevadaTeach program in microbiology and immunology

    The NevadaTeach program allows you to earn two degrees: a bachelor's of science in microbiology and immunology and a bachelor's degree in secondary education. This prepares you for a career teaching science courses at the middle and high school level as well as a career in microbiology and immunology.  

Careers with a degree in microbiology and immunology

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