Thank you for your interest in the Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology Option. We’ve assembled a brief FAQ regarding some of the most commonly asked questions about the option.
What is the Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology option?
Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology (BMS: MM) is an option within the undergraduate program (major) Biomedical Science. Our major option focuses on microorganisms (bacteria, viruses, protists, fungi, etc) and how they interact with humans and animals, cause infectious disease, and are utilized for progressing science and society.
How it the Medical Microbiology option different from other options in Biomedical Science?
The Medical Microbiology option is focused on microorganisms and infectious disease. Medical Laboratory Science is focused on clinical diagnostics and its role in diagnosing human disease. Medical and Veterinary Science is a more broad option that covers both human and animal health, infectious disease and non-infectious disease.
What do students with a degree in Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology do after they graduate?
Our graduates are prepared for careers in biotechnology, clinical research, and academic research. Many choose to go on to graduate school in the biological sciences and public health, health professional schools (Medical, Dental, Physician’s Assistant), and allied health training programs (Pathologist Assistant, Cardiac Perfusion, Forensics, etc). If you are interested in where our alumni are currently employed or in school please contact Dr. Tim Montminy (email@example.com) for a current list.
Do students in this option conduct research on campus?
Yes, many of our students conduct independent research working with a faculty mentor in a research lab. We cannot guarantee that every student will find an opening in a research lab, but our option includes multiple courses that have independent research components, including laboratories in the Human Microbiome, Prokaryotic Genetics, Cell Culture, and Molecular Microbiology.
Do students in this option take a lot of laboratories?
YES. Microbiology is a lab driven science. Our students take mandatory laboratories in Biology, Biochemistry, Microbiology, Pathogenic Microbiology, Virology, and Immunology. Many of our major elective courses also include laboratories. The high level of laboratory training makes our students very competitive when applying for employment and/or graduate school.
How big is this option?
The Biomedical Science: Medical Microbiology Option generally houses 85-100 total students, with 20-25 students per graduating class. Our students generally get to know each other and their faculty quite well. We even have major get-togethers once a semester.
Are students in this option prepared for work in a clinical microbiology diagnostic laboratory?
No. Students interested in diagnostic microbiology should consider the Medical Laboratory Science option.
Are students in this option prepared for medical school or dental school?
They can be. Our program has considerable flexibility to accommodate students interested in medical or dental school. Students can complete the requirements for these programs without overloading their schedules. Our faculty advisors are experienced in helping pre-med or pre-dental students take the course they need for professional school. We have a number of recent graduates in medical school and have a good acceptance rate for our applicants.
Are students in this option prepared for physician’s assistant programs?
Yes. Our program requirements meet the generally accepted requirements for Physician’s Assistant programs. We have a number of recent graduates in Physician’s Assistant programs and a good acceptance rate for our applicants.
Is this major dangerous? Don’t you guys do lab work with things that can make you sick?
NO, our major is NOT dangerous. Our laboratory courses are well designed and taught by trained personnel with lots of experience. We pride ourselves in giving students experience working SAFELY with pathogenic microorganisms.