The Department offers versatile major and honours specializations leading to the Bachelor of Science. All students take the same core courses but appropriate choices of selections allow students to develop foundations in diverse areas such as applied microbiology, environmental microbiology, immunology, microbial pathogenesis, microbial physiology, molecular genetics, virology, bioinformatics, computer science and oceanography. Eligible students entering second year wanting to apply to the Joint Degree Biotechnology Honours specialization and all students wanting to enter second year Microbiology and Immunology Major, Honours or second year Combined Computer Science and Microbiology and Immunology Major, Honours or Microbiology and Oceanography Major specializations must apply using the online process administered by the Faculty of Science. Eligible students finishing first year will receive an email communication regarding the process in late May or early June. Due to the similarity between the Major and Honours specializations in second year the Faculty of Science only admits students directly to the Major or the Combined Major.
Continuation to the third year of a specialization depends on the particular specialization. The MBIM specializations and the combined MBIM/OCGY specialization require MICB 322 while the combined CPSC/MIBM specializations do not. Although MICB 322 is available to students in the combined CPSC/MBIM specializations, this course is not required. Applications for space in MICB 322 are due on the second Friday in May. Late applications for MICB 322 are considered but acceptance is contingent on space availability. Students that are not offered space in MICB 322 for third year can apply after year three if they have taken four third-year courses that are core parts of a specialization and achieved a competitive average in the four courses.
Further details about these MICB 322-dependent specializations and registration in MICB 322 are found in the undergraduate section of the departmental website. Qualified students may apply to transfer to an Honours specialization in third year. Again, the application procedure differs depending on whether the specialization requires MICB 322 (see above). Details are found at the undergraduate section of the departmental website. Enrolment in any Microbiology and Immunology Honours specialization or combined Honours specialization, requires a sustained, annual academic average of at least 75% in second, third, and fourth year of these specializations.