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The medical microbiology concentration serves students in the microbiology BS degree program who aim to pursue careers in health professions, medical microbiology or other areas of biomedical research.
The curriculum aligns with the scientific competencies recommended for premed students in a report of the American Medical Colleges and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Committee and are also reflected in the 2015 changes to the MCAT. Coursework includes many of the courses in the microbiology major, including chemistry, biochemistry, math and physics, but some microbiology courses have been replaced with cell biology, animal physiology and courses that relate to human biology and society.
The concentration program emphasizes core concepts, competencies and critical intellectual skills necessary to succeed in medical school or biomedical research. The coursework that students need to prepare for the MCAT or medical school admission are included in the concentration.
Microbiology (Medical Microbiology) (BS)
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Upon completing the bachelor's degree program in microbiology with a concentration in medical microbiology, students will have completed the majority of prerequisite requirements and mastered many of the competencies valued by graduate programs in medical, dental and optometry fields and by programs which prepare students to be physician assistants or physical therapists. Additionally, graduates of this program will have a practical understanding of the process of science, preparing them for a career in research. Students will have knowledge of foundational concepts in biological sciences, chemistry, physics and statistics as well as the ability to understand and apply core microbiology concepts. This will prepare students to enter research in a number of areas including, but not limited to, cellular biology, immunology, bacteriology and virology.