Combined Majors

Combined Major in Computer Science and Microbiology & Immunology
Combined Major in Oceanography and Microbiology & Immunology




Combined Major in Computer Science and Microbiology & Immunology

This program is similar to the MBIM major but it is more constrained in the choice of courses and electives. Half of the credits in the program are assigned to develop a core background in molecular microbiology and immunology. The credits for the other half are intended to provide a core background in computer science. The combined background is relevant to the developing fields of bioinformatics and genome analysis as well aspects of biotechnology and medical microbiology. Contact the Department of Computer Science for application details. The specialization code is 1371.

Combined Major (1371): Computer Science & Microbiology and Immunology

First Year
BIOL 1121 3
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
CPSC 110, 1212 8
Communication Requirement3 6
One of MATH 100, 102, 104 (120, 180, 184, 110)4 3
One of MATH 101, 103, 105 (121)4 3
Total Credits 31
Second Year11
CPSC 210, 221 8
MICB 201, 202 6
BIOL 200, 2015 6
CHEM 233 3
Second or Third Year11
CPSC 213 4
One of BIOL 300, MATH 200, 221, STAT 200 3
Electives6,7,8,10 3
Minimum total credits for second year 30
Third Year11
MICB 301, 302 6
MICB 322 or MICB at 300-level or higher9,12 3
One of MICB 325, BIOL 335 3
CPSC 320 3
Third or Fourth Year11
CPSC 310 4
Two of CPSC 304, 313, 420, 421, 4458 6
MICB 323 or MICB 401 or additional MICB at 300-level or higher12 3
Additional CPSC at 300-level or higher 6
Additional MICB at 300-level or higher 3
Additional electives6,7,8,10 13
Fourth Year11
MICB 405 3
Additional CPSC at 400-level 3
Total Credits for Degree 120
1 Students lacking high school biology must take BIOL 111 as an elective 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 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.
3 For full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended.
4 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits. All of the differential calculus courses are suitable prerequisites for any 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.
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 Students should consider MATH or STAT as recommended electives. There are 15 elective credits in the specialization. Even though they are distributed as 2 credits in second year and 13 in other years, any extra elective credit taken in first or second year can be applied to the later elective credits.
7 BIOL 121 is a mandatory prerequisite requirement for all advanced BIOL courses except BIOL 200, 201, and 335.
8 Students with BIOL 201 and CHEM 233 wishing to choose BIOC 302 or 303 as an elective in third or fourth years should take CHEM 205 as an elective. Students with BIOL 201, CHEM 203 and CHEM 213 (eg. transfer students) do not need to take CHEM 205 to access BIOC 302 or BIOC 303.
9 Space in MICB 322 is limited. Availability depends on the demand by the other specializations requiring MICB 322.
10 The computation requirements and breadth requirements of the Faculty of Science are satisfied by the combination of specializations in the combined major. However, the 15 elective credits in the specialization must include: a) Sufficient credits numbered 300 or higher to meet the Faculty requirement for 48 credits of upper-level courses; b) 12 credits of Arts excluding any Arts courses used to meet the Communication Requirement.
11 The normal course load for the specialization is 30 credits in one Winter Session but that value depends on the combinations of selections and electives.
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.

 



Combined Major in Oceanography and Microbiology & Immunology

The combined specialization between Oceanography and Microbiology is similar to the MBIM major but it is more constrained in the choice of courses and electives. Half of the credits in the program are assigned to develop a core background in molecular and environmental microbiology. The credits for the other half are intended to provide a core background in oceanography. The combined specialization will develop basic knowledge about the chemical and physical ocean environment with emphasis on microbiological processes and chemical processes. This combined background is important for working in emerging fields that include the impact of oceanic microbes on climates, the role of microbes in mineralization and the role of viruses in ocean productivity. It provides sufficient background for suitably qualified students for graduate school in either microbiology or oceanography or environmental science. The specialization code is 3144.

Combined Major (3144): Microbiology and Oceanography

First Year
Communication Requirement1 3
PHYS 100-level2 3
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
EOSC 1123 3
BIOL 1124 3
One of MATH 100, 102, 1045 3
One of MATH 101, 103, 1056 3
Electives7,8 4
Total Credits 30
Second Year
Communication Requirement1 3
BIOL 200, 2019 6
MICB 201, 202 6
EOSC 211, 270 6
CHEM 233 3
Electives8 6
Total Credits 30
Second or Third Year10
EOSC 372, 373 6
Third Year10
MICB 301 3
MICB 322 3
Electives8 12
Third or Fourth Year10
MICB 306 3
One of MICB 325, BIOL 335 3
Fourth Year10
MICB 401, 425 6
Two of MICB 405, 418, 424 6
EOSC 472, 475 6
One of EOSC 470, 478 3
One of EOSC 448, 473 3
Electives8 6
Total credits for degree 120
1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. ENGL 112 and SCIE 113 are recommended. For full list of acceptable courses see Communication Requirement.
2 Chosen from 100-level PHYS courses, excluding PHYS 100. Students lacking Physics 12 must take PHYS 100 before taking any other 100-level PHYS course, using PHYS 100 as an elective. Students requiring PHYS 100 or MATH 110 may delay other 100-level PHYS courses until second year. Qualified students are encouraged to take PHYS 107.
3 Students who enter the specialization after second year may substitute EOSC 340.
4 Students without credit for one of Biology 11 or Biology 12 will be required to take BIOL 111 prior to BIOL 112.
5 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits.
6 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit.
7 Recommended electives are EOSC 111 (1 credit) or BIOL 140 (2 credits). The combination of BIOL 121 and BIOL 140 provide the prerequisites to have the flexibility to take upper-level BIOL courses.
8 The computation requirement of the Faculty of Science is satisfied by EOSC 211 and MATH and the breadth requirement is satisfied by the combination of courses in the Combined Major. However, the electives must be selected to ensure that the following Faculty of Science requirements are met: a) 12 credits must be from the Faculty of Arts, excluding Arts credits used to satisfy the Faculty of Science Communication Requirement; b) at least 48 upper-level credits including specialization requirements.
9 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 students apply for space in MICB 322 and continuation into third year. 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.
10 The normal course load for the specialization is 30 credits in one Winter Session but that value depends on the combinations of selections and electives. Be careful to plan out choices to have the prerequisites for desired courses at the appropriate time.