Effective September 2017, there will be no further admissions to BSc Honors or BSc Specialization in Microbiology. Students who entered this program prior to September 2017 must complete all program requirements by April 30, 2024. Refer to the Calendar in effect at the time you were admitted or readmitted for the regulations governing the degree program requirements. The last BSc Honors or BSc Specialization in Microbiology will be granted at Spring Convocation 2024.
The Microbiology Program
involves the study of microorganisms including bacteria, fungi and viruses. Our program emphasizes bacterial function, structure, and biochemistry. Courses deal with microbial processes that influence the health of humans, animals and plants, microbes that have environmental impact, and those achieve industrial uses. Senior laboratory courses provide hands-on training in molecular biology and biochemical techniques as well as chemical analysis.
The Microbiology program is designed to give students a solid understanding of microbes and their potential in health, the environment and industry. Several areas of concentration are available, depending on the course options undertaken: medical microbiology, food microbiology, immunology, and environmental microbiology. However, students do not have to declare an area of concentration. Honors students undertake a research project in a professor's laboratory for 8 months (BIOL 499; usually in their 4th year). This option is also possible for Specialization students; a 4 month laboratory research project (BIOL 498) or literature research project (BIOL 490) is also an option.
Microbiology graduates have a wide choice of career options. Areas of career opportunities include diagnostics, food quality control, research, and any area of industry that produces enzymes, drugs and vaccines, or antimicrobial sera.