1. What is the educational goal of the Immunology and Medical Microbiology (IMMB) degree?
Graduates will have an in-depth understanding of the related disciplines of immunology and microbiology. They will know how different microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi) cause disease and how the immune system responds to infections. In addition, they will appreciate how errors in the immune system can lead to allergy, autoimmune disease, and cancer.
2. What careers will the IMMB degree prepare the student for?
Our curriculum is excellent preparation for medical school, dental school, graduate school, and veterinary school. In addition, there are career opportunities in biotechnology, the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies, public health, and teaching in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
3. Are there research opportunities?
Yes! Many of our classes have laboratories that are designed to give students basic and advanced laboratory research skills starting in the freshman year. Students also have the opportunity to perform research in individual faculty labs and receive credit while in the lab.
4. How many other programs are there like this in the United States?
The IMMB degree at WVU is one of only 6 undergraduate programs in the country with a focus on immunology and microbiology. It is one of only 2 in the US that is housed at a School of Medicine with classes exclusively taught by medical school faculty starting in the freshman year.
5. How large is the class size?
The class size is limited to 40 students per year with a total of 160 major students.