The University of Miami is one of five institutions in the United States that offers an undergraduate program in Microbiology and Immunology.  What does this mean?  It means that you are being trained in an undergraduate major that focuses on two aspects of healthcare, various diseases and our bodies’ defenses against them.  Throughout your four years with us, you will learn about bacteria that cause the plague or that naturally inhabit our bodies, viruses such as Influenza, HIV, Zika or even Ebola and parasites such as Malaria.  You will also learn how each of these can be controlled by our immune systems and how vaccinations can prevent some of these infections.  Finally, you will understand how sometimes the immune system itself can inflict undesired damage and how it can be exploited to achieve cancer remissions.  Students that have finished our program have gone on to careers in research, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry, physician assistant, law and many more. 
Our primary goal is to educate students in their chosen field and instill into them a desire for lifelong learning.  Research opportunities and laboratory engagement help create knowledge in our students while preparing them to become active members of the scientific and public communities.
Major Program Objectives are:
  1. To expose students to the various disciplines within the field of Microbiology and Immunology, including virology, parasitology, microbial genetics, immunology and medical bacteriology.
  2. To introduce students to special projects and/or research opportunities in laboratories at the Miller School of Medicine.
  3. To provide laboratory experience for the development of skills required for the conduct of research.
  4. To make students aware of current cutting edge research in the field of Microbiology and Immunology by attending seminars of speakers from within and outside the University.
     The Microbiology and Immunology Department is a multidisciplinary department encompassing the areas of cellular and molecular immunology, bacteriology, virology and parasitology.
     A major in Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Miami, will end in the obtainment of a Bachelor’s of Science degree. As most, if not all, students go on to professional careers in the health sciences our major like most STEM majors requires thorough preparation in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics and mathematics.
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