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.

Enrollment Requirements for Microbiology & Immunology

Spring of 1st Year:

Block I

MI 6032 Immunology (Part 1) (Hill)

MI 5990-003 Special Studies; Bacteriology (Ballard)

Block 2

MI 6032 Immunology (Part 2) (Hill)

MI 6301 Basic Microbiology (Dyer)

Block 3

MI 6111 Immunity in Disease (Hill)

MI 6501 Molecular Microbiology (Kreth)

MI 6321 Molecular Virology (West/Air)

Summer of 1st Year:

MI 5990 Special Studies

Fall of 2nd Year:

MI 6843 Advanced Immunology

MI 6853 Advanced Pathogenic Mechanisms

MI 5990 Special Studies

Spring of 2nd Year:

MI 5990 Special Studies

(Qualifying Exam)