Immunology and Microbiology Track

The Immunology and Microbiology track will provide students with a focused education in immunology and microbiology as well as laboratory skills. The goal will be to enhance career advancement in education or industry or prepare a student for a career in research, including further training in graduate and professional programs. Importantly, this program will provide extensive hands-on research experience, where students will be trained in research laboratories located within the department of Immunology and Microbiology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Students will complete 36 units that include core course work, electives and participation in cutting-edge research, as well as write and defend a thesis.

A Great Diversity of Research Areas

  • Microbiology:
  • Bacterial pathogenesis
  • Viral pathogenesis
  • Bacterial physiology
  • Microbial Genetics
  • Host response
  • RNA biology
  • Immunology:
  • Immune surveillance
  • Vaccine development
  • Autoimmune diseases
  • Allergy
  • Lymphocyte development
  • B and T cell lymphomas

Laboratory Research

Students will perform 5-week rotations in 3 labs over the course of one semester, spending a minimum of 10 hours per week in the lab. Students will learn about the research and gain hands on experience in several laboratories. Following the rotations, the student will choose a lab to complete their thesis work for the remaining time in the program. Students will spend at least 20 hours/week working in the lab on a research thesis project. This project will be documented as a Master’s thesis and defended orally as a requirement for graduation. Please see the Department of Immunology and Microbiology website to learn about specific research areas and laboratories

Scientists in the lab Lab equipment


The Master’s Track Program in Immunology and Microbiology requires 21 credits in core courses such as Foundations in Biomedical Sciences, Ethics, Scientific Writing, Microbiology and Immunology. 6 electives credits are chosen from various disciplines and 9 credits are devoted to laboratory research and development of a thesis.

Course Number Course Title Credits Term
IDPT 7806-002 Foundations in Biomedical Sciences 6 Fall
IDPT 7810 Microbiology in Biomedical Research 2 Fall
PHCL 7605 Ethics in Research 1 Fall
IMMU 7630 Overview in Immunology 2 Fall
BSBT 6067 Laboratory Research Mini-Rotations 3 Spring
MICB 7703 Molecular Mechanisms of Bacterial Disease 3 Spring
MICB 7701

IMMU 7762
Molecular Virology


BIOS 6606 Statistics for the Basic Sciences 3 Fall
Varies Elective 3 Fall
BSBT 6066 Microbiology or Immunology Thesis Research 3 Fall
BSBT 6063 Writing in Science 1 Spring
Varies Elective 3 Spring
BSBT 6066 Microbiology or Immunology Thesis Research 3 Spring
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Fourth Semester
Scientific poster presentation Scientific lecture


Associate Program Director: Dr. Kelly Doran,