Students pursuing an MS in Microbiology and Immunology at IU School of Medicine must complete didactic coursework, electives, research rotations and a research thesis and also attend seminars. All students should consult the graduate school bulletin for general requirements of the graduate school and for detailed requirements of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology.
Required Didactic Coursework
Ten credits of required didactic coursework must be completed. Coursework includes (J810) Research in Microbiology, a four-week laboratory rotation (1 credit). If a student does not join the laboratory in which the rotation is performed, he/ she must rotate in another lab to find a mentor for thesis research. If no mentor is identified by the end of the first semester, the student is dismissed from the program.
MS students must also take one course from the following: G715 Biomed I-Biochemical Basis of Biological Processes (3 credits); G716 Biomed II-Molecular Biology and Genetics (3 credits); or G717 Biomed III-Cellular Basis of Systems Biology (3 credits) and at least four credits from the following: G720 Stem Cell Biology (2 credits); G728 Fundamental Concepts of Infection and Pathogenesis (1 credit); G729 Introduction to Immunological Systems (1 credit); G852 Concepts of Cancer Biology: Signaling Gone Awry (2 credits); J807 Current Topics in Immunology (2 credits); J829 Current Topics in Molecular Genetics of Microorganisms (2 credits); or J842 Neoplastic Determinants (2 credits).
G855 Experimental Design and Biostatistics (1 credit) and G505 Responsible Conduct of Research (1 credit) are also required. Depending on the student’s interests and career goals, additional graduate courses within or outside the department may be taken.