Typical Curriculum

Curriculum Overview: Immunology

All PIBS students must take the PIBS core curriculum:

  • PIBS 600: Research Rotation
  • PIBS 503: Research Responsibility and Ethics
  • PIBS 800: PIBS Seminar Series

IMM Courses and Competencies: Immunology Program students take formal graduate level courses in immunology, biochemistry, genetics and cell biology. Many of these courses will be completed during the first (PIBS) year. Required student seminars involve participation of both students and faculty members. At the end of coursework, the preliminary examination contains both written and oral components, providing students an important opportunity to hone critical presentation skills. 

The Immunology track requires that students complete the following three Core courses, or two of the Core courses plus 3 credits of electives. Our recommendation is to take two courses in the fall term of the first year, and the third course the fall term of the second year. If the student is only taking two of the Core courses, (s)he should take 3 units of electives in the Winter term of the first year or the Fall term of the second year.

Required courses include:

  • BIOLCHEM 550—Macromolecular Structure and Function 
  • CDB 530—Cell Biology 
  • HUMGEN 541—Molecular Genetics 
  • IMMUNO 815—Immunology Seminar Series: first year students should attend but not register when rotating in the Immunology Program labs.
    Students must register for two semesters of this course during their second year and are required to present at least once an academic year until they’re scheduled to defend. 

Your First Year:

PIBS advisors will help you choose the most appropriate courses. All students should meet personally with Immunology Program Director, Dr. Beth Moore before selecting and enrolling in courses.  

Although each student’s needs are different, a common first year may look like this:

Fall Semester:

PIBS 503 (1 credit)
PIBS 600 (3 credits)
PIBS 800 (1 credit)
MICRO/IMMUNO 640 (3 credits)
    or BIOCHEM 550 (3 credits)
    or HUMGEN 541 (3 credits)
    or CDB 530 (3 credits)

Winter Semester:

PIBS 600 (3 credits)
PIBS 800 (1 credit)
IMMUNO 440 (3 credits)
    or PATH 581 (3 credits)
    or MICRO 504 (3 credits)
IMMUNO 850 (2 credits)
MICRO/IMMUNO 641 (1 credit)*

*May be taken year 1 or 2.


Your Second Year:

Fall Semester:

*IMMUNO 851 (2 credits)
IMMUNO 815 (1 credit)
IMMUNO 599 (at least 6 credits)
Elective: e.g. Pharm 502 (Grant writing)

Winter Semester:

IMMUNO 815 (1 credit)
IMMUNO 599 (at least 8 credits)