Microbiology and Immunology is an ancillary department in the College of Arts and Sciences.  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.  A major in Microbiology and Immunology requires thorough preparation in chemistry, biology, biochemistry, physics, and mathematics.


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 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.


A Bachelor’s of Science degree is awarded to all microbiology and immunology majors upon completion of the requirements. 


Minimum requirements are:

A. A total of 24 credits are required for the major: MIC 301 or MIC 303/304 and MIC 321 are required of all Microbiology and Immunology majors. The remaining 16 credit hours must be earned from: MIC 322, 323, 434, 436, 441, and 451-456. In addition, [BIL 352 or BIL 554] and/or [BIL 250 or BIL 255] and/or [GSC 310] may also be used. Honors students must take both the MIC 301 or MIC 303/304 and MIC 302.

B. Required courses are: Chemistry 111/113, 112/114, 201/205, 202/206; BIL 150/151, and 160/161; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 401; Physics 101/106 and 102/108 or PHY 205, 206, 207, 208 and 209; two semesters of calculus including MTH 162 and one computer science or statistics course (CSC 120, CSC 210, MTH 224, PSY 204, SOC 211, EPS 553).

All MIC majors are required to have a minor (science or non-science).  Students automatically get a CHM minor provided that they take one year of organic chemistry while in residence at UM.

Transfer students seeking a Microbiology and Immunology major must earn at least 10 credits taken in residence at UM beyond MIC 301 in the courses listed above for majors under A.


A minor in Microbiology and Immunology consists of 12 credits.  Eight for MIC 301 (or MIC 303/304), MIC 321 and at least four additional credit hours in the following courses: MIC 322, 323, 434, 436, and 441.

Variations in the above programs may, in special cases, be approved by the Microbiology and Immunology undergraduate advisor and Director. All courses in Microbiology and Immunology to be credited toward a Microbiology and Immunology major or minor must be completed with a grade of C- or better with an overall GPA of 2.0.

MIC courses 451-456 must have department Director approval before registration.


See HONORS PROGRAMS elsewhere in this Bulletin for minimal requirements. In addition to the grade point averages specified in the minimal requirements, the following program constitutes the Microbiology and Immunology Honors Program. 

1. Six credits of Special Projects carried out under supervision of a member of the Microbiology and Immunology faculty, culminating in a senior thesis that includes 15 references.