http://www.as.miami.edu/mic/

Overview

The University of Miami is one of four 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.

Curriculum Requirements

Required MIC Courses11
Take the following: 1
Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System 4
Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System (Lab) 4,7
Select one of the following: 1
Innate Immunity 2
Immunobiology 3
Select one of the following: 1
Modern Plagues and Society 2
Medical Parasitology 3
Microbial Pathogenesis and Physiology 2
Fundamental and Medical Virology 3
Elective MIC Courses16
Modern Plagues and Society 2
Innate Immunity 2
Immunobiology 3
Medical Parasitology 3
Microbial Pathogenesis and Physiology 2
Fundamental and Medical Virology 3
Microbiology and Immunology Colloquium 4,7
Advanced Topics in Microbiology and Immunology 3
Research in MIC for Credit
(only 6 credit hours may be applied to count toward the 16 MIC Elective hours, any credits over 6 count as elective credits toward the 120 credits required for graduation or 150 credits for dual degree seeking students)
Special Projects in Immunobiology 4,5
Special Projects in Parasitology 4,5
Special Projects in Pathogenic Bacteriology 4,5
Special Projects in Microbial Genetics 4,5
Special Projects in Immunogenetics 4,5
Special Projects in Virology 4,5
Outside Electives that can be taken to count toward the 16 credit hours above (2 courses maximum)
Introduction to Public Health (Required for Dual Degree and Double Major in Public Health) 4
Introductory Epidemiology (Required for Dual Degree and Double Major in Public Health) 4
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Genetics
Microbes and the Environment
Marine Comparative Immunology
Total MIC Credits for Major = 11 cr. Required MIC courses + 16 cr. Elective MIC courses = 27
Required Natural Science Courses
Chemistry Courses:16
Principles of Chemistry
and Chemistry Laboratory I
Introduction to Structure and Dynamics
and Chemical Dynamics Laboratory
Organic Reactions and Synthesis
and Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory
Other Required Natural Science Courses:
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Evolution and Biodiversity
and Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory
Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences
Select one of the following Physics Options:10
Option 1:
College Physics I
and College Physics Laboratory I
College Physics II
and College Physics Laboratory II
Option 2:
University Physics I for the Sciences
and College Physics Laboratory I
University Physics II for the Sciences
and College Physics Laboratory II
Select one of the following Calculus Options: 68
Option 1:
Calculus Concepts with Foundations A
and Calculus Concepts with Foundations B
and Calculus II
Option 2:
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Option 3:
Calculus I
and Calculus II
Select one of the following Computer Science or Statistics courses:3
Introductory Statistics in Health Care
Public Health Statistics and Data Management
Computer Programming I
Computing for Scientists
Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors
Quantitative Methods for Sociologists
Additional Required Courses
ENG 105English Composition I3
ENG 106English Composition II3
or ENG 107 English Composition II: Science and Technology
SOC 101 and PSY 110 are required for students that are Premed and/or are using to satisfy a cognate
SOC 101Introduction to Sociology3
PSY 110Introduction to Psychology3
Language Courses9
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
People and Society Cognate (BPH fulfills if Dual Degree or Dual Major)9
Electives17
Total Credit Hours120

Sample Plan of Study

This is a 4 year sample plan of study that assumes courses are taken during the fall and spring. 

This is a guide and is not meant to take the place of the advice of your major advisor, you should consult with them before making any changes.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
MIC 304, 201,
Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System (Lab)
or Modern Plagues and Society
or Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System
or Innate Immunity
2-3
BIL 150 General Biology 4
BIL 151 General Biology Laboratory 1
CHM 121 Principles of Chemistry 4
CHM 113 Chemistry Laboratory I 1
ENG 105 English Composition I 3
PSY 110 Introduction to Psychology (People & Society Cognate) 3
 Credit Hours18-19
Spring
MIC 301 Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System 3
MIC 304 Introduction to Microbes and the Immune System (Lab) 2
BIL 160 Evolution and Biodiversity 4
BIL 161 Evolution and Biodiversity Laboratory 1
CHM 221 Introduction to Structure and Dynamics 4
CHM 205 Chemical Dynamics Laboratory 1
ENG 106 or 107 English Composition II
or English Composition II: Science and Technology
3
 Credit Hours18
Sophomore Year
Fall
MIC 319 or 201 Innate Immunity (and MIC 304 if MIC 303 taken prior)
or Modern Plagues and Society
3
CHM 222 Organic Reactions and Synthesis 4
CHM 206 Organic Reactions and Synthesis Laboratory 2
MTH 161 Calculus I 4
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Foreign Language 3
 Credit Hours19
Spring
MIC 321 Immunobiology (or MIC 322 or MIC 436 or MIC 460) 3
BMB 401 Biochemistry for the Biomedical Sciences 4
MTH 162 Calculus II 4
BIL 255 or 250 Cellular and Molecular Biology (Optional elective in MIC)
or Genetics
3
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (or Foreign Language) 3
Recommended MCAT, GRE, DAT or OAT...  
 Credit Hours17
Junior Year
Fall
MIC 323 Microbial Pathogenesis and Physiology 3
GSC 309 or MSC 465 Microbes and the Environment (Optional elective credit in MIC)
or Marine Comparative Immunology
3
PHY 101 College Physics I 4
PHY 106 College Physics Laboratory I 1
Foreign Language 3
 Credit Hours14
Spring
MIC 436 Fundamental and Medical Virology 3
People and Society Cognate 3
PHY 102 College Physics II 4
PHY 108 College Physics Laboratory II 1
Statistics or Computer Science Course 3-4
Computer Programming I  
Computing for Scientists  
Introduction to Probability and Statistics  
Introduction to Biobehavioral Statistics for Non-Majors  
Quantitative Methods for Sociologists  
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
Possible MCAT, GRE, DAT or OAT...  
 Credit Hours17-18
Senior Year
Fall
MIC 441 Microbiology and Immunology Colloquium 1
Choose one of the following: 2-6
Special Projects in Immunobiology  
Special Projects in Parasitology  
Special Projects in Pathogenic Bacteriology  
Special Projects in Microbial Genetics  
Special Projects in Immunogenetics  
Special Projects in Virology  
Applications to Medical or Graduate School  
Elective 3
Elective 3
People and Society Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours12-16
Spring
MIC 322 Medical Parasitology 3
Choose one of the following: 2-6
Special Projects in Immunobiology  
Special Projects in Parasitology  
Special Projects in Pathogenic Bacteriology  
Special Projects in Microbial Genetics  
Special Projects in Immunogenetics  
Special Projects in Virology  
Elective 3
Arts and Humanities Cognate Course 3
 Credit Hours11-15
 Total Credit Hours126-136

Mission

Our primary goal is to emphasize basic as well as medical-focused science and instill in our students the desire for lifelong learning.  We are unique program in that we have a dual presence at the Miller School of Medicine as well as the Coral Gables Campuses.  Research opportunities and laboratory engagement help create knowledge in our students while preparing them to become active members of the scientific and public communities.

Goals

Major program objectives are:

  • To expose students to the various disciplines within the field of Microbiology and Immunology, including virology, parasitology, microbial genetics, immunology and medical bacteriology. 
  • To introduce students to special projects and/or research opportunities in laboratories at the School of Medicine.
  • To provide laboratory experience for the development of skills required for the conduct of research.
  • 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.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will learn to write scientifically using the appropriate style, terminology and methodology pertaining to their major area of study.
  • Students will demonstrate practical knowledge in microbiology and immunology.
  • Students will be able to apply their knowledge in scientific manner to deduce outcomes.