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Undergraduate Immunology Program College of Arts and Sciences | Heersink School of Medicine

The Immunology Honors Program offers motivated students the opportunity to develop research, communication, and responsible conduct-of-research skills in preparation for a professional career in research or the health professions.


To be accepted into the Immunology Honors Program, you must:

  • Have completed at least 45 credit hours.
  • Have at least a 3.5 GPA in biology, chemistry, and microbiology courses.
  • Have at least a 3.25 GPA overall.
  • Have already completed BY 123 and 123L, BY 124 and 124L, BY 210, CH 115/116, and CH 117/118.
  • Have arranged with a faculty sponsor to do a research project and received approval from the Program Director.
  • Honors research in Immunology and Host Defense can also be taken as part of the University Honors Program in the UAB Honors College. Immunology majors generally enter their research labs in the fall semester of their junior year; however, they may begin their research work in the spring semester of their sophomore year or earlier with permission of the Program Directors.


To successfully complete the Immunology Honors Program, students will need to:

  • Complete the required Occupational Health and Safety training courses.
  • Take a minimum of 6 semester credit hours of MIC 498 Honors Research in Immunology and Host Defense. Each semester credit hour per term requires a minimum of 3 hours of laboratory work per week.
  • Submit a formal research proposal by the end of the first semester of Honors Research. The proposal should include a synopsis of the proposed research incorporating an introduction, proposed methods, and relevant literature review.
  • Take the Honors Research Seminar in Immunology and Host Defense (MIC 499) course during the junior or senior year. This course can be taken to fulfill the Capstone requirement.
  • Complete a formal written report in the form of a scientific paper.
  • Submit an oral or poster presentation at Biology Research Day or the UAB Expo during their junior or senior year. Under special circumstances, the poster may be presented at other times of the year pending approval of the Program Directors.