Prospective Students

The major emphases in the Department are microbial pathogenesis and immunology. Our students are trained by mentors at OUHSC, Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and Dean McGee Eye Institute. The Department of Microbiology and Immunology averages a total of approximately 30 students and the number of students that enter the Department each year ranges from 4 to 8. Most of our students enter the Department from the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences after they have completed one year of courses and laboratory rotations. 


General admission requirements are listed on the GPiBS web page.

For student's choosing to concentrate in Microbiology and Immunology, first year progress in the GPiBS program is assessed by the Microbiology Admission's Committee. Applicants must have satisfactorily completed the first-year curriculum including four Microbiology electives and be able to verify undergraduate credit in about 20 hours of biology, including 4 hours of bacteriology or microbiology or immunology; 12 hours of chemistry, which includes 4 hours of organic chemistry and 8 hours of additional course work selected from biochemistry, physics, chemistry, calculus, genetics, physiology, histology or anatomy.

Students who do not meet all the necessary requirements and prerequisites may under special circumstances be admitted conditionally. Depending upon the deficiency and individual circumstances, conditions are stipulated at the time of admission to the Department.

Computer skills and research experience is an additional asset.


Year 1: Fall

  • Molecular systems I (BMSC 6012)
  • Molecular systems II (BMSC 6023)
  • Cellular systems I (BMSC 6052)
  • Cellular systems II (BMSC 6053)
  • Journal Club (BMSC 5221)
  • Lab rotations (BMSC 6100) not required for direct admit
  • Integrity in Scientific Research (BMSC 5001)
  • Special Studies for direct admit only

Year 1: Spring

  • Basic immunology (MI 6032)
  • Basic bacteriology (MI 5320)
  • Basic microbiology (MI 6301)
  • Immunity in disease (MI 6111)
  • Molecular microbiology (MI 6501)
  • Molecular virology (MI 6321)
  • Lab rotations (BMSC 6100) not required for direct admit

Year 1: Summer

  • Applied Statistics (BMSC 5011)
  • Animal use (BMSC 5031)
  • 2hrs Special Studies (MI 5980)
  • Orientation to Microbiology & Immunology Program

Year 2: Fall

  • Advanced immunology (MI 6843)
  • Advanced microbial pathogenesis (MI 6853)
  • 2hrs Special Studies (MI 5980)
  • Attend Journal Club
  • Attend Department Seminars

Year 2: Spring

  • 5hrs Special Studies (MI 5980)
  • Scientific Writing (MI 6601)
  • Qualifying Exam (no credit)
  • Attend Journal Club
  • Attend Department Seminars

Year 2: Summer

  • 3hrs of either Special Studies (MI 5980) or Doctoral Dissertation (MI 6980)

Years 3 - 7: Fall

  • 6hrs Doctoral Dissertation (MI 6980)
  • Attend Journal Club – enroll (MI 6601) if on training grant
  • Present one Department Seminar per calendar year & attend all Seminars (MI 5971)

Years 3 - 7: Spring

  • 6hrs Doctoral Dissertation (MI 6980)
  • Attend Journal Club
  • Attend Department Seminars

Years 3 - 7: Summer

  • 3hrs Doctoral Dissertation (MI 6980)