Pursue an advanced undergraduate education with graduate-level resources

A joint effort by the School of Medicine and the College of Science, this special program offers undergraduate students a concentrated academic progression leading to a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology & Immunology with subsequent professional opportunities such as medical school or careers in biotechnology, health science and medicine.

This is an exciting time in biomedical research. Immunology is paving the way for treatment of diseases as diverse as cancer, Alzheimer's disease, autoimmunity and transplantation. New microbes are being discovered, and we are finding new relationships between the microbial world and an array of human diseases.

The School of Medicine's Microbiology & Immunology program is supported by a department with an embedded culture that values training and education. Research in the department focuses on immunology with an emphasis on cancer biology and microbial pathogenesis with a particular interest in emerging microbial infections and biodefense.

The Microbiology and Immunology (MI) major is a joint effort by the School of Medicine and the College of Science to train students in the fundamentals of modern microbiology, with an emphasis on human and animal infectious diseases and immunology. The curriculum will greatly appeal to pre-health professional students and students who wish to pursue careers in microbiology research and clinical laboratory microbiology.

As the number of professional microbiology positions in universities, private industry,and government service continues to increase nationally, it will be the only undergraduate microbiology program offered in the state of Nevada.

Recent Department news

President Joe Biden greets Kizzmekia Corbett, an immunologist with the Vaccine Research Center at the National Institutes of Health during a visit at the Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory at the National Institutes of Health on Thursday, February 11, 2021 in Bethesda, Maryland.

Discover Science Lecture Series kicks off

The College of Science welcomes an astronaut, leading COVID-19 vaccine developer and more for its 2021/2022 season

Photo collage of three portraits and the "Discover Science" podcast logo.

COVID-19: Thinking back and looking forward

Members of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology discuss the COVID-19 vaccine technology, hesitancy, distribution and more for the Discover Science podcast

Timsy Uppal and Bhaskar Vadlamani

COVID-19 rapid test has successful lab results, research moves to next stages

University of Nevada, Reno engineers and virologists team up for novel approach