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B.Sc. Virology & Immunology

Overview

B.Sc. in Virology & Immunology is an undergraduate program from Jain (Deemed-to-be) University. This program provides a broad background in biomedical science, as well as information about viruses and the diseases they cause. Students will study the immune system and how it controls infection. Students will also learn about autoimmune diseases that can occur if the immune system attacks the body's own tissues rather than an infectious agent. The program helps to review the main viral diseases of humankind in terms of their natural history, biology, molecular biology, immunology, pathogenesis and epidemiology. These include HIV, hepatitis B and C, papilloma, influenza and measles, among others. You will learn about cutting-edge issues in virology and immunology, including emerging viruses such as the Marburg, Ebola and recent viruses. You will also learn about the problems associated with the production of vaccines.


Program Outcome

  • The basic replication strategies of viruses and the fundamentals of interactions between viruses and the host.
  • The role and importance of innate and adaptive immunity to host defence against microorganisms.
  • The functions and properties of different cell types and organs that comprise the immune system.
  • The processes involved in immune cell development.
  • The assembly and expression of antigen receptor molecules during lymphocyte development.
  • The cellular interactions and activation of immune cells in response to foreign antigen and cytokines.
  • The generation of immune memory and tolerance.
  • Antibody structure and how this relates to antibody functions.
  • The importance of MHC molecules in the activation of adaptive immunity.
  • The complement system & Hypersensitivity reactions.

Career Prospects

  • Virologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Epidemiologist