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) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
CPSC 110, 121 8
Communication Requirement2 6
One of MATH 100, 102, 104 (120, 180, 184, 110)3 3
One of MATH 101, 103, 105 (121) 3
Total Credits 31
Second Year4,11
CPSC 210, 221 8
MICB 201, 202 6
BIOL 200, 2015,11 6
CHEM 233, 2356 4
MATH 200 3
Second or Third Year11
CPSC 213 4
Electives7 3
Minimum Total Credits for Second Year 30
Third Year4,11
CPSC 320 3
MICB 301, 302 6
MICB 322 or MICB at 300-level or higher8,12 3
One of MICB 325, BIOL 335 3
One of STAT 200, BIOL 300 3
Third or Fourth Year4,11
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 higher12 3
MICB courses numbered 300 or higher 3
One of MATH 302, STAT 302 3
Additional electives6,7 18
Fourth Year4,11
MICB 405 3
One of CPSC 449, MICB 4499 6
Minimum Credits for Degree 132
1 Students lacking high school biology must take BIOL 111 before taking BIOL 112. 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 For full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended.
3 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. They differ in the expected student background and the types of examples used in the problems. MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit.
4 To continue in the specialization students must maintain at least 75% average in the second, third and fourth year.
5 Students may substitute BIOC 202 or BIOC 203 for BIOL 201. However access to BIOC 203 is restricted and most students will not have the BIOC 202 prerequisite until the summer after second year. This timing is important because the grade for BIOL 201 is used in May following second year when those students choosing to do so apply for space in MICB 322. Grades for courses taken in the summer are not available in May. Also BIOL 201 places more emphasis on biological diversity and evolutionary aspects of metabolic biochemistry which students may find useful in upper level courses requiring BIOL 201. For these reasons the preferred second year course is BIOL 201.
6 Transfer students with credit for CHEM 203 and either CHEM 204 or 213 are exempted from the requirement for CHEM 233 and 235.
7 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. Students lacking Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 to meet the lower-level course requirements for a B.Sc. The specialization requires 12 credits of Arts excluding any Arts courses used to meet the Communication Requirement.
8 Space in MICB 322 is limited requiring MICB 322.
9 The thesis topic must be related to bioinformatics. Students intending to take CPSC 449 should take CPSC 349 in their third year.
11 Students in honours specializations must complete a minimum of 30 credits in each Winter Session.
12 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.