Honours in Microbiology & Immunology (MBIM)

The Honours program is more specialized and demanding than the Major programs. It is intended for students who desire more depth in a limited area of science. It requires 132 credits instead of the 120 credits required in majors programs. In addition, the Honours program requires an independent research project and the preparation and oral defense of a B.Sc. thesis. Students in this program must maintain a sessional standing above 75% and complete a minimum of 30 credits each winter session (or 15 credits each academic term in the winter session) with no fails or “w” (late withdraw from a course). If you register in courses that go beyond the winter session it is important to enroll in enough courses to complete 30 credits by the end of the winter session in April. The specialization code is 1154.

If you know that you are interested in graduate studies, the Honours degree is beneficial but not essential preparation. For example, with a first-class Honours B.Sc. it is possible at some universities to be admitted directly to the Ph.D. program and to skip the Masters level entirely. However, an Honours degree is not required for entry to Graduate Studies.

Honours (1154): Microbiology and Immunology (MBIM)

First and Second Years
Same as for Major1,2 60
Third Year1,2
MICB 301, 302, 322, 323 12
At least one of MICB 325, BIOL 3353 3
Third or Fourth Year1,2
BIOC 3024 3
Additional MICB selections 9
Another MICB course or a selection from BIOC 402, 410; BIOL 421; CHBE 381, MEDG 421; EOSC 475 3
Electives5 24
Fourth Year1,2
MICB 4017 3
One of MICB 404, 406, 412, 4246 3
One of MICB 421, 4477 3
MICB 430, 4497 9
Total Credits for Degree1 132
1 The minimum total of 132 credits must include 60 credits of upper-level science or Arts courses and a total of at least 90 credits of science courses.
2 The minimum number of Winter Session courses is 30 credits. The maximum number of courses permitted in a Winter Session is 36 credits.
3 If both courses are taken the MICB 325 would count as an MICB selection.
4 BIOC 303 may be substituted for BIOC 302 by using 3 credits of elective space.
5 The 36 elective credits in the specialization must include: a) At least 6 credits numbered 300 or higher; b) 12 credits of Arts excluding any Arts courses used to meet the Communication Requirement; c) At least 6 credits of CPSC or additional MATH or STAT or BIOL 300 to meet the Faculty requirements for a specialization total of at least 9 credits of computational credits. MATH 110 would only satisfy 3 of the required computation credits even though it would count as 6 credits for total credit. 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 the specialization.
6 Extra courses taken from this list would count as MICB selections.
7 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.