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University of California, Irvine
Microbiology and Immunology, B.S.

Microbiology addresses the biology of bacteria, viruses, and unicellular eukaryotes such as fungi and protozoa. Studies of microorganisms reveal basic information about processes in evolution, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, structural biology, and ecology. Many bacteria, viruses, and protozoa cause disease in plants and animals, and major areas of medicine and public health that address infectious diseases focus on these microorganisms. In contrast, immunology encompasses efforts to understand how multicellular organisms have evolved to survive a variety of challenges to homeostasis, including tumor surveillance and infection by pathogens. Basic questions of how immunity functions are entwined with a fundamental understanding of the consequences of microbial infection. The major has been designed to span the interconnected disciplines of microbiology and immunology, and because the scope of disciplines is considerable, students have the opportunity to specialize within the major in one of three areas: microbiology, immunology, or virology. The curricula overlap considerably, but there are unique courses for each specialty. Students opting for the microbiology specialization can select from courses focused on prokaryotes (bacteria) or eukaryotes (parasites).
The major is designed primarily for students who are serious about pursuing careers in microbiology and immunology and is intended to provide its graduates with the appropriate tools and training to successfully pursue professional and graduate degrees emphasizing these disciplines. These include Ph.D., M.D., and combined M.D./Ph.D. programs.

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