Major in Microbiology & Immunology (MBIM)

The Major program is intended for students who wish to study Microbiology as part of a broad educational program, or who are preparing for further specific study in postgraduate professional schools. It allows students to sample fairly widely from the course offerings in the Department, Faculty and the University while providing a thorough foundation in Microbiology and Immunology. Many students enter graduate studies from Majors programs. The specialization code is 1153.

Major (1153): Microbiology and Immunology

First Year
BIOL 1121 3
One of BIOL 111, 121 3
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
Communication Requirement2 6
One of MATH 100, 102, 1043,4 3
PHYS 100-level5 3
Electives4 4
Total Credits 30
Second Year
MICB 201, 202 6
BIOL 200, 2017 6
CHEM 205, 233, 2356 7
Electives4 11
Total Credits7 30
Third Year10
MICB 301, 302, 322, 323 12
At least one of MICB 325, BIOL 3358 3
Third or Fourth Year10
BIOC 3029 3
Additional MICB selections. 9
Another MICB selection or a selection from BIOC 402, 410; BIOL 421; CHBE 381, MEDG 421; EOSC 475 3
Electives4 24
Fourth Year10
MICB 40111 3
One of MICB 421, 44711 3
Total Credits10 30
Total Credits for Degree10 120
1 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. Students should be aware that BIOL 140 is a prerequisite for many upper-level BIOL courses at UBC. To maintain flexibility in their ability to study at UBC, students should consider including BIOL 140 in their first year at UBC even though this course is not required in this specialization.
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 electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits. Students taking MATH 110 will still require 6 additional computational science 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.
4 The elective credits in the specialization must include: a) At least 12 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; c) At least 9 credits outside the field of the Major. These credits must be taken as science courses from eligible departments in the Faculty of Science or additional courses in the Faculty of Arts. The field of the Major is defined as the named courses and selections in the specialization, all MICB and BIOL courses and all courses offered in the Faculty of Medicine for science credit; d) At least 6 credits of either additional MATH or CPSC or STAT or BIOL 300 are needed to meet the Faculty requirement for a specialization total of at least 9 credits of computational credits. MATH 110 would only satisfy 3 of the required computational credits even though it would count as 6 credits for total credit. Any credits used to satisfy Lower-Level requirements (eg., the Computational Requirement, Footnote 2) must be completed in the appropriate years to meet promotion requirements.
5 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 may delay other 100-level PHYS courses until second year.
6 Students with 7 credits of CHEM 203 and 213 do not need to take the combination of CHEM 233, 235 and 205.
7 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.
8 If both courses are taken, MICB 325 counts as an MICB selection.
9 BIOC 303 may be substituted for BIOC 302 by using 3 credits of elective space.
10 The normal course load for the program is 30 credits in each Winter Session of third or fourth year.
11 Students concerned about taking more than one upper level laboratory course in a single term are encouraged to organize their schedule so each lab is taken in a different term if possible.