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

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    Lecturer Davida Margolin's course Germs 101 has taken on a new relevancy this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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    Lecturer Davida Margolin's course Germs 101 has taken on a new relevancy this year thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Adaptation and Strength in Uncertain Times
    Olivia Jackman is a biomedical science: medical microbiology major and double minor in justice studies and forensic sciences from Newton, New Hampshire.
    Adaptation and Strength in Uncertain Times
    Olivia Jackman is a biomedical science: medical microbiology major and double minor in justice studies and forensic sciences from Newton, New Hampshire.
  • 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.

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 725Cell Phenotyping and Tissue Engineering Laboratory4
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).  Students may take more than one capstone course.  Capstone completion is never displayed on Degree Works; your advisor will certify capstone completion at the time of graduation. Students must have 90 credits or more when completing their capstone requirement.  See your advisor for questions about capstones.

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. 

Explore Program Details

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 (timothy.montminy@unh.edu) 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.

Advising is available for UNH students, alumni, and post baccalaureates pursuing health professional careers.

The Pre-Health Advising Office provides support throughout the process of preparing for health professions school from advising on the courses they should take to helping navigate through the complex steps of the application process.

As part of the University of New Hampshire’s Discovery Program requirements, all students must complete a Capstone experience. 

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