Biomedical Science Major: Medical Microbiology Option (B.S.)

Biomedical Science Major: Medical Microbiology Option (B.S.)

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What is medical microbiology?

Medical microbiology explores the world of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses and parasites, and how they interact with both humans and animals. This degree program provides you with excellent academic training and laboratory experiences in the areas of microbiology, infectious disease and public health. Graduates are prepared for successful careers in biotechnology or public health, or for entry into graduate school or health professional programs.

Why study medical microbiology at UNH?

Students receive outstanding academic preparation and intensive lab experiences that position them for successful careers. The Medical Microbiology major has highly experienced faculty with demonstrated excellence in teaching, research and career guidance. Students have access to state-of-the-art facilities in faculty research labs, the Hubbard Center for Genome Studies, the University Instrumentation Center, and the NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory located on campus. Internships are possible at biotechnology companies in the Greater Boston area or at the NH Department of Public Health Laboratories.

Potential careers

  • Brewing scientist
  • Clinical research scientist
  • College professor
  • Environmental microbiologist
  • Healthcare administrator
  • Medical laboratory technician
  • Physician
  • Physician assistant
  • Public health epidemiologist

Contact

Timothy Montminy

Medical Microbiology Option Coordinator
SENIOR LECTURER
Phone: (603) 862-5175
Office: Molecular, Cellular, & Biomedical Sciences, Rudman Hall Rm 283, Durham, NH 03824

Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences
Rudman Hall
46 College Road
Durham, NH 03824
603-862-4095
mcbs.dept@unh.edu

  • Returning to School to Help Others
    Samantha Leef ’19 came to UNH to earn a second undergraduate degree, this time in Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology.
    Returning to School to Help Others
    Samantha Leef ’19 came to UNH to earn a second undergraduate degree, this time in Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology.
  • Taking advantage of all opportunities to shine
    As Sydney Snelling ’19 prepares to graduate this spring, she reflects on all the amazing opportunities she’s had at UNH, including an internship at Lonza Biologics for two summers in a row.
    Taking advantage of all opportunities to shine
    As Sydney Snelling ’19 prepares to graduate this spring, she reflects on all the amazing opportunities she’s had at UNH, including an internship at Lonza Biologics for two summers in a row.
  • When the world is your oyster (literally)
    Audrey Berenson ‘19 began working in a faculty research lab in 2016. She's been studying Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria in local oysters.
    When the world is your oyster (literally)
    Audrey Berenson ‘19 began working in a faculty research lab in 2016. She's been studying Vibrio parahaemolyticus bacteria in local oysters.
  • Lonza Biologics intern is fascinated by the human microbiome and it’s impact on our health
    Avianna Guerrero is determined to be part of future a scientific discovery or medical breakthrough.
    Lonza Biologics intern is fascinated by the human microbiome and it’s impact on our health
    Avianna Guerrero is determined to be part of future a scientific discovery or medical breakthrough.
  • Air National Guardsman is helping out with research that has implications for public health
    Colin McGonagle is excited by the growth in his chosen field and the potential impacts new disoveries are having on public health, medicine, agriculture and environmental production.
    Air National Guardsman is helping out with research that has implications for public health
    Colin McGonagle is excited by the growth in his chosen field and the potential impacts new disoveries are having on public health, medicine, agriculture and environmental production.

Curriculum & Requirements

The Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology (BMS:MM) program explores the world of microorganisms and how they interact with both humans and animals.  This major provides you with excellent academic training and laboratory experiences in the areas of microbiology, infectious disease, and public health.  BMS:MM graduates are prepared for successful careers in biotechnology or public health, or entry into graduate school or health professional programs.


The BMS:MM program includes course work and laboratories in:

  • infectious disease
  • immunology
  • epidemiology and community health
  • molecular biology
  • microbial ecology and evolution

Students in the BMS:MM program may participate in a variety of experiential learning activities including:

  • independent research experiences in laboratories of UNH biomedical science faculty
  • work at the NH Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory located on the UNH campus
  • internships at biotechnology companies in the Greater Boston area
  • internships at the NH Department of Public Health Laboratories

BMS:MM graduates have been successful in attaining careers as:

  • research scientists/laboratory technicians
    • biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies
    • academic biomedical research programs
    • brewing industry
  • primary and secondary school educators (requires additional coursework in education)
  • state and federal government employees
    • public health laboratories
    • regulatory agencies (e.g., U.S. Food and Drug Administration)

BMS:MM graduates are prepared for post-baccalaureate education in:

SAMPLE Course Sequence for Medical Microbiology

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
BMS 401 Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences 1
BIOL 411 Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 4
ENGL 401 First-Year Writing 4
CHEM 403 General Chemistry I 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Spring
BIOL 412 Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 4
MATH 424B Calculus for Life Sciences 4
CHEM 404 General Chemistry II 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
GEN 604 Principles of Genetics 4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory
5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits18
Spring
BMS 602
BMS 603
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
5
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
BIOL 528 Applied Biostatistics I 4
 Credits17
Third Year
Fall
BMS 705
BMS 715
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
5
PHYS 401 Introduction to Physics I 4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5
Discovery Course 4
 Credits18
Spring
BMS 706
BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5
PHYS 402 Introduction to Physics II 4
Major Elective 4
Discovery Course 4
 Credits17
Fourth Year
Fall
Major Elective (possible Capstone course) 4
Major Elective 4
Elective (any course) 3-4
Elective (any course) 3-4
 Credits14-16
Spring
Major Elective 4
Elective (any course) 3-5
Elective (any course) 3-5
 Credits10-14
 Total Credits127-133

Students in the Medical Microbiology (MM) option take seven Foundation courses, five Bioscience Core courses, four BMS:MM Core courses, and five BMS:MM Major Elective courses. One capstone experience, supervised and approved within the major, is required of all seniors. In addition, all other University academic requirements must be completed, including those for the Discovery Program and the University Writing Requirement.

A grade of C- or better is required in all Bioscience Core, BMS:MM Core, and Major Elective courses.

Foundation Courses

CHEM 403General Chemistry I 14
CHEM 404General Chemistry II4
CHEM 545
CHEM 546
Organic Chemistry
and Organic Chemistry Laboratory 2
5
MATH 424BCalculus for Life Sciences 34
BIOL 528Applied Biostatistics I 44
PHYS 401Introduction to Physics I4
PHYS 402Introduction to Physics II4

Bioscience Core Courses

BIOL 411Introductory Biology: Molecular and Cellular 54
BIOL 412Introductory Biology: Evolution, Biodiversity and Ecology 24
or BMS 508 Human Anatomy and Physiology II
BMS 503
BMS 504
General Microbiology
and General Microbiology Laboratory
5
GEN 604Principles of Genetics4
BMCB 658
BMCB 659
General Biochemistry
and General Biochemistry Lab
5

BMS-MM Core Courses

BMS 401Professional Perspectives in Biomedical Sciences 61
BMS 602
BMS 603
Pathogenic Microbiology
and Pathogenic Microbiology Laboratory
5
BMS 705
BMS 715
Immunology
and Immunology Laboratory
5
BMS 706
BMS 708
Virology
and Virology Laboratory
5

BMS-MM Major Elective Courses

A total of five unique major elective courses is required. At least one course must be taken in each of the following subject areas: Host-Microbe Interaction Electives, Molecular Biology Electives, and Community Electives.  Two additional courses are taken from any of the major elective subject areas.

Host-Microbe Interaction Electives

BMS 655Human and Animal Parasites 73
BMS 703Infectious Disease and Health4
BMS 704Pathologic Basis of Disease4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions 74
BMS 720Mycology, Parasitology, and Virology3
BMS 740Human Microbiome 74

Molecular Biology Electives

BMS 623Histology: Microscopic Cellular Structure and Function4
BMS 650Molecular Diagnostics4
BMS 655Human and Animal Parasites 73
BMS 711Toxicology4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions 74
BMS 740Human Microbiome 74
BMCB 605Principles of Cell Biology4
BMCB 753Cell Culture5
BMCB 754Molecular Biology Research Methods5
BMCB 763Biochemistry of Cancer4
GEN 704Genetics of Prokaryotic Microbes5
GEN 705Population Genetics 83
GEN 713Microbial Ecology and Evolution4
GEN 717Molecular Microbiology5
GEN 721Comparative Genomics4

Community Electives

BMS 716Public Health: Food- and Water-borne Diseases4
BMS 730Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science4
ANTH 685Gender, Sexuality and HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa4
HMP 501Epidemiology and Community Medicine4

Other Major Electives

BMS 795Investigations in Biomedical Science (4-credit minimum)1-8
BMS 795WInvestigations in Biomedical Science (4-credit minimum )1-8
BMS 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4

BMS:MM Capstone

The capstone explores areas of interest based on the integration of prior learning.  The capstone requirement may be satisfied through a course, created work or product, or some form of experiential learning (e.g., honors thesis, mentored research project, or other special student activity).  The capstone requirement can only be fulfilled once a student has senior standing in the major.

Approved BMS:MM Capstone Courses

BMS 635Preceptorial in Prehospital Care (4-credit minimum)2
BMS 716Public Health: Food- and Water-borne Diseases4
BMS 719Host-Microbe Interactions4
BMS 730Ethical Issues in Biomedical Science4
BMS 740Human Microbiome4
BMS 795Investigations in Biomedical Science (4-credit minimum)1-8
BMS 795WInvestigations in Biomedical Science (4-credit minimum )1-8
BMS 799Senior Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
BMS 799HSenior Honors Thesis (4-credit minimum)1-4
INCO 790Advanced Research Experience (4-credit minimum)1-4

For a Capstone experience not listed above, such as an internship, submit a Capstone Experience Approval form prior to beginning the experience. 

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