Overview of studying Microbiology and Immunology
What is Microbiology and Immunology?
Microbiology involves the study of microscopic organisms (viruses, bacteria, fungi and protozoa). New developments are also advancing traditional areas of microbiology in relation to medicine, bioremediation, food processing and agriculture and are helping to elucidate fundamental biological processes.
The immune system has evolved to protect individuals against infection. Immunology courses explain how the immune response is organised in modern vertebrates. Major topics covered include immunity to infectious diseases and cancer, as well as autoimmunity and allergies.
How can you study Microbiology and Immunology?
If you intend to major in Microbiology (BSc), your degree must contain the following 100-level papers or their equivalent:
- CELS 191 Cell and Molecular Biology »
- HUBS 191 Human Body Systems 1 »
- CHEM 191 The Chemical Basis of Biology and Human Health »
Second year courses introduce you to microbes, infectious diseases and the role of microbes in environmental and industrial processes. Topics covered include medical microbiology, virology, microbial plant and animal interactions, biotechnology, environmental microbiology and immunology.
- Microbes to Medicine (MICR 221),
- Microbes in Action (MICR 222)
- Infection and Immunity (MICR 223)
- GENE 221 Molecular and Microbial Genetics (also needed in a microbiology major)
At 300-level you need at least four of the six Microbiology papers offered.
- Food Microbiology (MICR 331),
- Health Microbiology (MICR 332)
- Advanced Immunology (MICR 334)
- Molecular Microbiology (MICR 335)
- Applied and Environmental Microbiology (MICR 336)
- Virology (MICR 337)
- MICR 360 - Preparation for Postgraduate Study is available for students intending to progress to 4th year study
BBiomedSc Programme - Infection and Immunity
This degree structure is essentially similar to the BSc programme, but has a broader biomedical base at 100-level with 200- and 300-level papers being orientated towards medical microbiology and immunology.
Two Microbiology papers are required at 300-level
For further information on the BBiomedSc programme please click here.
BAppSc Programme - Molecular Biotechnology
This degree combines business and science subjects in a four-year degree.
Contributions from Microbiology include:
For further information on the BAppSc programme please click here.
Postgraduate study in Microbiology and Immunology
There are a number of options for postgraduate study in Microbiology and Immunlogy. Information on postgraduate study in Microbiology and Immunology can be found here.