Advising Notes

Advising Notes on Programs Offered by Microbiology and Immunology

a)    Until the 08w the BIOL 112 course provided extensive background in general and molecular microbiology. By 08w the BIOL 112 course diverged from MICB 201 by emphasizing molecular biology and no longer provided a general microbiology background. Therefore the credit exclusion between the courses was eliminated so that students could take both BIOL 112 and MICB 201 for credit. During the winter session for 09w the Department of Microbiology and Immunology intends to revise the prerequisites for the upper level courses in microbial ecology, microbial growth, microbial genetics and the third year lab courses to ensure that all students have MICB 201 as a prerequisite. For the 10w winter session exceptions were made to the proposed requirements for MICB 201 for students without MICB 201. For all subsequent winter sessions, the prerequisites will be enforced.

b)    Students are normally expected to meet the lower level requirements shown in the calendar for the year that they enter the Faculty of Science or finish year two. Students are expected to meet the upper level program requirements that show in the calendar for the year that they enroll in MICB 322 or the year that they graduate.

c)    The courses at other colleges and universities are not necessarily the same as the courses at UBC. Students entering the BIOT specialization from another university or college require the equivalent of 6 credits of BIOL, 6 credits of Calculus, 6 credits of CHEM, 6 credits of ENGL, and PHYS 101. The BIOL and CHEM courses should include labs.

d)    Credit cannot be obtained for more than one course from each entry in the Faculty of Science Credit Exclusion List.

e)    The student section of the Faculty of Science website has useful information for first year students and continuing students.

f)    The department will consider applications for access to third year Microbiology and Immunology specializations or the Combined specializations with Computer Science or Oceanography by any eligible students that have taken the required core second year courses regardless of the specialization that they were in during second year. In the past the department has accepted students from a variety of second year specializations such as General Science, Combined Major in Science, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacology and Physiology.

g)    Students interested in the Joint Degree Specialization (1136)  normally apply to the Faculty of Science after first year to enter the program if they have all of the first year requirements. If they are missing some of the core first year requirements or they are in higher years or they are transfer students then they should contact the program assistant to apply. See www.bcit.ca/study/programs/bsc8910 for details. The courses at other colleges and universities are not necessarily the same as the courses at UBC. Students entering the BIOT program from another university or college require the equivalent of 6 credits of BIOL, 3 credits of Calculus, Differential 3 credits of computation credits, 6 credits of CHEM, 6 credits of Communication Courses, and 3 credits of PHYS. The CHEM courses should include labs.

h)    Students interested in Go Global or other Student Exchange Programs should apply during their second year or third year to go abroad for the second term of third year or the first part of fourth year. They should also consult the undergraduate advisor to discuss details involving their choice of courses while studying abroad. There is an alternative type of exchange with Laval University in Quebec if students are interested in studying Microbiology and Immunology topics at Laval for fourth year.

The MBIM major must include:

1.    A minimum of 120 credits of course work is required.

2.    A minimum of 72 Science courses (including required & elective courses).

Science credit include PSYC 348, 448, and any Psychology courses numbered 60 or above in the last two digits have Science credit. Since in 09w the only geography courses with science credit have the prefix GEOB.

3.    A minimum of 48 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher (including required & elective courses). The specialization specifies 36 upper level credits. The remaining twelve upper level credits are electives.

4.    A minimum of 18 credits from the Faculty of Arts including any credits of ENGL 1** taken as part of the mandatory 6 credits of Communication requirements.

The credits can be any Arts courses that are for credit toward a B.A. Some departments offer a mixture of Science and Arts courses. Arts courses include GEOG courses; PSYC courses numbered 60 or lower in the last two digits; and FMST courses in the School of Social Work and Family Studies.

5.    A minimum of 9 credits of Arts and/or Science courses outside the field of the Major that are not named as specialization requirements or selections.

The field of the Major for the Microbiology specializations includes ANAT, BIOC, BIOL, MEDG, MICB, PCTH and PHYL. Science courses outside the field of the Major for MBIM include ASTR, ATSC, CHEM, CPSC, EOSC, ERTH, ENVR, GEOG, GEOL, GEOP, GEPA, ISCI, MATH, OCGY, PHYS, PSYC, and STAT. Any Arts courses taken to fulfill this requirement are in addition to the required 12 credits of Arts electives.

6.    A minimum of 6 credits of calculation courses in addition to the mandatory credits for Differential Calculus. The six credits could be BIOL 300 or any course from CPSC, MATH, or STAT. These credits must be completed by the adjudication period in May at the end of third year. If the requirement is not complete at that time you will not be promoted to fourth year status (you will be designated as a third year student and continue to enroll in the time slots assigned to third year students).

7.    A maximum of 18 credits of courses can be taken in any faculty other than Science or Arts. The minimum can be zero if you do not want to take courses outside the Faculties of Science or Arts.

This maximum means that you cannot use more than eighteen credits of courses outside Science or Arts to fulfil the requirements of the BSc. Some courses in the Faculty of Medicine are considered to be outside Science (PATH, most ANAT); however, other courses are considered to be Science courses (BIOC, MEDG, PCTH, PHYL) because they have undergraduate Science Programs. Courses in Commerce (COMM), Lands and Food Systems (FNH, APBI), and all other faculties are courses outside the Faculties of Science and Arts unless the course is specifically recognized as a Science course (For example, FNH 350, 351, 450, among others). Elective courses that are not considered to be Science or Arts courses may not count towards the 72 credits of required Science or the 18 credits of required Arts but six of these credits may be used as part of the required 48 credits numbered 300 and above.

The MBIM Honours specialization in Microbiology & Immunology must include:

1.    A minimum total of 132 credits of courses.

2.    A minimum of 18 credits from the Faculty of Arts including any credits of ENGL 1** taken as part of the mandatory 6 credits communication requirements.

3.    A minimum of 90 Science courses (including all required courses and elective courses)

4.    A minimum of 60 credits of courses numbered 300 or higher (including all required and elective courses).

5.    A minimum of 6 credits of computation courses in addition to the current credits for Differential Calculus.

The three credits could be BIOL 300 or any course from CPSC, MATH, or STAT such as CPSC 101, CPSC 110, CPSC 111, CPSC 301, STAT 200, MATH 2**. These credits must be completed by the adjudication period in May at the end of third year. If the requirement is not complete at that time you will not be promoted to fourth year status (you will be designated as a third year student and continue to enroll in the time slots assigned to third year students).

6.    A maximum of 18 credits of courses in any faculty other than Arts or Science. The minimum can be zero if you do not want to take courses outside Science or Arts.

7.    There are no outside the field requirement for the Honours program.