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Minor in vaccinology

The minor in vaccinology represents a unique opportunity for students in a range of science and health related majors to expand their experiences and enhance their marketability.

Vaccines are substances used to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies and develop memory cells to provide immunity against diseases and infections.  Vaccines can be proteins, small molecules, and even DNA.  While traditional vaccines were killed or weakened versions of microbes that caused disease, the development and production of vaccines today applies a wide variety of molecular, biochemical, and cellular techniques to create both prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines.  This new generation of vaccines has the potential to dramatically improve human health throughout the world.  Current vaccines can be used to treat existing and prevent future infections, prevent cancer, and hold the potential to fight disease.

The Program

The minor in vaccinology at North Dakota State University provides students a program to prepare for a career in the development and production of vaccines.  Participation in the minor will help students prepare for biopharmaceutical industry careers, biomedical graduate school, and a broad range of health profession careers.  The curriculum is designed to provide students with a broad range of experience in biochemistry, cell biology, and immunology while introducing students to the discipline of vaccinology through introductory and senior seminar courses as well as introducing students to aspects of working in a regulated industry environment and vaccinology research and development. 

The Tri-College University coordinated the effort to establish a minor in vaccinology minor on all three Tri-College campuses.  The effort at NDSU was coordinated by the College of Pharmacy, Nursing, and Allied Sciences and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

Career Opportunities

The career opportunities open to individuals with training in the areas of biochemistry, cell biology, and immunology have never been greater.  Employment in the bioscience industry in the United States grew 15.8% from 2001 to 2008 and is expected to continue to grow at this rapid pace over the next decade.  Additionally, the average salary for an employee working in the bioscience industry in the United States is currently over $77,000 per year.  This is $32,000 per year more than the combined average salary in all private industries.

Dr. Craig Schnell 701.231.8838

Vaccinology Curriculum and Program Requirements


First-In-Nation Vaccinology Minor Builds Workforce for Fargo–Moorhead Life Science Companies:
A first-in-the-nation undergraduate vaccinology minor is helping to build a knowledgeable workforce for existing biopharmaceutical businesses in the Fargo, N.D.–Moorhead, Minn. metropolitan area. It's also making the community an even more attractive destination for other life science companies around the nation.

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