Combined Honours

Combined Honours in Computer Science and Microbiology & Immunology

This program is similar to the combined major but provides more depth in both subject areas because it requires more courses and allows fewer electives. Contact the Department of Computer Science for application details. The specialization code is 1373.

Combined Honours (1373): Computer Science & Microbiology and Immunology

First Year
BIOL 1121 3
CHEM 121 (or 111)2 4
CHEM 123 (or 113)2 4
CPSC 110 (or 103 and 107)3 4
CPSC 1214 4
One of MATH 100, 102, 104 (120, 180, 184, 110)5 3
One of MATH 101, 103, 105 (121)5 3
Communication Requirement6 6
Total Credits 31
Second Year7,15
CPSC 210, 2214 8
MICB 201, 202 6
BIOL 200, 2018,15 6
CHEM 233, 2359 4
MATH 200 3
Second or Third Year15
CPSC 213 4
Electives10,11 3
Minimum Total Credits for Second Year 30
Third Year7,15
CPSC 320 3
MICB 301, 302 6
MICB 322 or MICB at 300-level or higher12,13 3
One of MICB 325, BIOL 335 3
One of STAT 200, BIOL 300 3
Third or Fourth Year7,15
CPSC 310 4
Two of CPSC 304, 313, 420, 421, 4458 6
CPSC courses numbered 300 or higher 3
MICB 323 or MICB 401 or additional MICB at 300-level or higher13 3
MICB courses numbered 300 or higher 3
One of MATH 302, STAT 302 3
Electives10,11 18
Fourth Year7,15
MICB 405 3
One of CPSC 449, MICB 44914 6
Minimum Credits for Degree 132
1 Students without one of Biology 11 or Biology 12 must take BIOL 111 before taking BIOL 112 and students without Chemistry 12 must take CHEM 100 or CHEM 111 before taking BIOL 112 (See Footnote 2). Students with credit for BIOL 200 or sufficient credits of first year biology to enrol in BIOL 200 may skip BIOL 112 if they take an extra 3 credits of upper-level MICB courses in year 3 or 4.
2 Students who do not have BC high school Chemistry 12 (or its equivalent) must write the UBC Chemistry Basic Skills Test and may be required to take CHEM 100.
3 While CPSC 110 is the recommended route for students pursuing a program in Computer Science, CPSC 103, 107 may be taken in its place using 2 credits of electives.
4 Students intending to pursue Co-op may include CPSC 210 in the first year in order to use the CPSC model for Co-op that starts after first year. Alternatively they may use the MICB model for Co-op that starts in third year.
5 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the later electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the later electives by 3 credits. All of the differential calculus courses are suitable prerequisites for later MATH courses. MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit.
6 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
7 To continue in the specialization students must maintain at least 75% average in the second, third and fourth year.
8 Students may substitute BIOC 202 or BIOC 203 for BIOL 201.
9 Transfer students with credit for CHEM 203 and either CHEM 204 or 213 are exempted from the requirement for CHEM 233 and 235.
10 Elective credits together with required courses must fulfill the Faculty of Science’s:
a) Foundational Requirement;
b) Laboratory Science Requirement;
c) Science Breadth Requirement;
d) Science and Arts Requirements;
e) Upper-level Requirement;
f) General Degree Requirements.
11 There are 21 elective credits in the specialization. Even though they are distributed as 3 credits in second year and 18 in other years, any extra elective credit taken in first or second year can be applied to the later elective credits.
12 Space in MICB 322 is limited. Availability depends on the demand by the other specializations requiring MICB 322.
13 MICB 322, 323 and 401 are laboratory courses. MICB 322 is a prerequisite for MICB 323 and MICB 401. Students wanting a less intensive laboratory experience should consider MICB 203 as an elective at some point in the specialization.
14 The thesis topic must be related to bioinformatics. Students intending to take CPSC 449 should take CPSC 349 in their third year.
15 Honours students must comply with the Faculty of Science Honours Specialization requirement.