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Microbiology & Immunology

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The Microbiology & Immunology program provides students with a broad understanding of the diversity of microbiology, while at the same time allowing for specialization in areas of particular interest. Students begin by studying the structure, function, physiology, and genetics of bacteria and viruses, followed by more in-depth studies in areas such as medical microbiology and infectious diseases, molecular biology and genetics, industrial and applied microbiology, virology, and immunology.

Program Options

Bachelor of Science - Microbiology & Immunology

  • B.Sc. Four-year
  • B.Sc. Three-year
  • B.Sc. Honours
  • Double Honours

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What is Microbiology & Immunology?

Microbiology & Immunology is a field of study probing the world of viruses, bacteria, yeasts, moulds and protozoa. It encompasses aspects of ecology, genetics, physiology, molecular biology, the development of disease, public health and the human immune system.

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology provides education in the areas of microbial physiology and pathogenesis, microbial genetics (bacterial, bacteriophage and yeast), virology, tumour biology, immunology and immunopathogenesis. These programs include necessary courses for students prepared to enter graduate studies in biomedical sciences and into health related professional schools such as Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine and Pharmacy. Graduates are also prepared for careers in broad aspects of biotechnology and can find employment in academic/research institutions and related industries.

Microbiology & Immunology: Is it for you?

  • The Microbiology & Immunology Department is renowned for its expertise and extensive research opportunities.
  • The Department maintains close ties with the Clinical Microbiology Unit and the Department of Laboratory Medicine at the Royal University Hospital, affording students invaluable hands-on clinical experience in the course of their studies.
  • Relatively small class sizes promote close interaction between students and faculty, enhancing the quality of the student's learning experience.

Sample Classes

  • BMSC 210: Microbiology
    An introduction to the structure, physiology, genetics and pathogenicity of microorganisms. Topics include the structure and composition of bacteria and viruses, bacterial growth, genetics, and regulation, the role of microorganisms in disease, and an introduction to the immune system.
  • MCIM 387: Microbial Genetic Systems
    Bacterial and bacteriophage genetic systems will be dissected with a view to understanding their genomes, gene regulation, replication, mutagenesis, repair, and recombination, and their practical use as tools for molecular genetics experimentation and biotechnology.
  • MCIM 423: Immunopathogenesis
    Considers how the activation of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms contribute to pathology. Topics include basic mechanisms of immune-cell migration and inflammation, functions of cytokines, antibody and cell-mediated hypersensitivity reactions and their role in disease processes as seen in allergies, transplantation and autoimmunity.

Career Opportunities

  • Immunologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Virologist
  • Patent Agent
  • Forensic Laboratory Technician
  • Technical Salesperson
  • Lab or Research Assistant
  • Pharmaceutical Sales Representative
  • Medical Technologist
  • Food Technologist
  • Quality Control Technologist

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Computer skills
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Technical skills

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