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University Bulletin

Undergraduate Degree Programs

Agricultural Sciences

Immunology and Infectious Disease

University Park, College of Agricultural Sciences (IID)

PROFESSOR PAMELA HANKEY, Program Coordinator

Immunology is the study of how animals and humans protect themselves from pathogens. Understanding basic mechanisms of immunity provides insights into how blood cells develop and how pathogens are recognized and attacked. Furthermore, understanding the concepts behind immunology is necessary for drug and vaccine design. Dysregulation of the processes that regulate immunity can contribute to uncontrolled inflammation, tissue destruction, autoimmunity, immunodeficiencies, leukemia and related cancers. Immunology includes a broad range of disciplines including but not limited to microbiology, virology, animal health, genetics, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology. Students enrolled in the Immunology and Infectious Disease Major will develop and understanding of normal immune responses to bacterial, fungal, and viral agents and appreciate the potential pathological outcomes of these responses. Students will learn about events that shape the immune response; the general biology of pathogens and the mechanisms by which they cause disease. In addition, basic skills in microbiology, molecular biology and biochemistry will be acquired. Students completing a B.S. degree in Immunology and Infectious Disease will be well prepared for veterinary, medical or other professional schools, Ph.D. graduate training in a wide variety of areas including immunology, microbiology, virology, molecular medicine, animal science, molecular biology and biochemistry or highly competitive jobs as research technicians, laboratory assistants or sales representatives with a pharmaceutical company.

In order to be eligible for entrance to the Immunology and Infectious Disease major, a student must have: (1) attained at least a 2.00 cumulative grade point average and (2) completed BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 230W GN(4)[1], BIOL 220W GN(4)[1] or BIOL 240W GN(4)[1], CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1)[1], MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1] and earned a grade of C or better in each of these courses

For the B.S. degree in Immunology and Infectious Disease, a minimum of 124 credits is required.

Scheduling Recommendation by Semester Standing given like (Sem: 1-2)

GENERAL EDUCATION: 45 credits
(18 of these 45 credits are included in the REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)
(See description of General Education in this bulletin.)

FIRST-YEAR SEMINAR:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection)

UNITED STATES CULTURES AND INTERNATIONAL CULTURES:
(Included in ELECTIVES or GENERAL EDUCATION course selection, or REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR)

ELECTIVES: 7-10 credits

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR: 89-91 credits
(This includes 15 credits of GENERAL EDUCATION courses: 9 credits of GN courses; 6 credits of GQ courses)

PRESCRIBED COURSES (60 credits)
B M B 401(3)[1], B M B 402(3)[1], BIOL 110 GN(4)[1], BIOL 230W GN(4)[1], CHEM 110 GN(3)[1], CHEM 111 GN(1)[1], CHEM 112 GN(3)[1], CHEM 113 GN(1)[1], CHEM 210(3), CHEM 212(3), CHEM 213(2), MATH 140 GQ(4)[1], MATH 141 GQ(4)[1], MICRB 201(3)[1], MICRB 202(2)[1], MICRB 410(3) [1], PHYS 250 GN(4), PHYS 251 GN(4), VB SC 211 GN(3)[1], VB SC 448W(3) (Sem: 1-8)

ADDITIONAL COURSES (20-22 credits)
Select 4 credits from BIOL 220W GN(4)[1] or BIOL 240W GN(4)[1] (Sem: 2-3)
Select 3-4 credits from STAT 200 GQ(4), STAT 240 GQ(3), STAT 250 GQ(3) (Sem: 3-4)
Select 3 credits from VB SC 444(3)[1] or BB H/H P A 440(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)
Select 10-11 credits from VB SC 418(2)[1], VB SC/MICRB/B M B 432(3)[1], VB SC/MICRB 435(2)[1], VB SC 445(3)[1], VB SC 451(3)[1] (Sem: 5-8)

SUPPORTING COURSES AND RELATED AREAS (9 credits)
Select 9 credits of 400-level courses from departmental list[1] (Sem: 5-8)

[1] A student enrolled in this major must receive a grade of C or better, as specified in Senate Policy 82-44.

Lasted Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2014

Blue Sheet Item #: 42-06-006

Review Date: 04/08/2014

UCA Revision #1: 8/8/06

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Program Coordinator updated: 6/19/12