Why Major in Immunology and Infectious Disease?
The Immunology and Infectious Disease major can provide excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers; or preparation for medical school, veterinary school, or graduate programs in any area of the biomedical sciences.
Students in the Immunology and Infectious Disease major at Penn State first obtain a solid foundation in mathematics, physical sciences, chemistry, biochemistry, and molecular biology. They then enjoy the opportunity to specialize with required courses in immunology, microbiology, epidemiology, bacterial and viral pathogenesis. Finally, each student's curriculum is unique based on their choices of senior-level "supporting courses."
- Students will exhibit specialized competencies in immunology and epidemiology based upon a solid grounding in the physical and biological sciences.
- Students will have access to meaningful research experience and the professional development that accompanies such training. Students will have access to international academic and professional experiences.
- Graduates will demonstrate collaborative learning, critical thinking, and research skills, as well as skills to communicate effectively to professional and lay audiences.
- Graduates will be prepared to succeed in industry, government, academic research, and in graduate and professional study.
- Students will relate and apply their expertise to a broader health and societal context.
Compare our Major to Others Across the Country
One of only five undergraduate programs in immunology in the country, Immunology and Infectious Disease is truly unique: it is the only such program in a natural resources and environmental sciences college, and the only one with required coursework in epidemiology including laboratory.
Penn State's major is the only one that:
- is hosted in an environmental sciences and natural resources college
- requires coursework in epidemiology.
Five Immunology Majors Across the Country
- Penn State
Immunology and Infectious Disease major in the College of Agricultural Sciences
- University of California, Berkeley
Immunology and Pathogenesis option of the Molecular and Cell Biology major in the College of Letters and Science
- University of Wisconsin, Madison
Medical Microbiology and Immunology major in the College of Letters and Science
- University of Miami
Microbiology and Immunology major in the College of Arts and Sciences
- University of California, Irvine
Microbiology and Immunology major in the School of Biological Sciences
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