General Information

Why Study Microbiology and Immunology?

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers various undergraduate programs that lead to work in the medical, pharmaceutical or research fields. A degree in microbiology provides an excellent basis for entering professional and postgraduate programs in biomedical research, education, medicine, dentistry, and the veterinary sciences.

Find out more about our programs:

Dates & Schedules

  • See the McGill Important Dates for Students webpage or consult Minerva for all class schedules for courses offered by the MIMM Department or other Departments in Faculty of Science.

Student Advising

  • If you would like to book a student advising session with the MIMM Student Affairs team, please go to the Academic Advising & Orientation section of our website.

Course Information 

  • If you need permission to register for a non-MIMM course, you must contact the department where the course is given and request that a permit be created to register for the course.
  • If you are a MIMM student and wish to register for a MIMM course that is on the required course list but it is full, please email undergrad.micromimm [at] and include your last name/McGill ID number in the subject line. 
  • Complementary courses are required courses and are part of all MIMM undergraduate programs. You must choose a specific number of credits from the complementary course list in order to complete your program of study. 
  • Electives are courses that you take outside of your selected program, in order to reach the 120 credits necessary for obtaining a B.Sc. degree from the Faculty of Science. 
  • Students will receive credit for all courses (subject to degree regulations) taken up to and including the semester in which they obtain 120 credits.
  • Students who want to remain at McGill beyond that semester must submit their request in writing (by email) to their Faculty adviser, to be approved by the Associate Dean, Student Affairs, Faculty of Science.
  • Permission for exceeding the time and/or credit limits will normally be granted only for valid academic reasons, such as a change of program (subject to departmental approval) and part-time status.
  • If permission is granted, students will receive credit only for required and complementary courses necessary to complete their program requirements.

Grades & Exam Information

  • All required and complementary courses require either a grade of A through C to represent satisfactory passes, D is considered non-satisfactory, and F a failure.
  • Certain courses have been approved for Pass/Fail (P/F) grading. Students may also designate elective courses to be graded under the S/U option. See Courses Taken under the Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) Option.
  • You may choose to have a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory) for one of your elective courses. This option cannot be used for required courses, including complementary courses. The decision to have an elective course graded as S/U must be made before the end of ADD/DROP deadline for a term.
  • If you believe you are unable to write a mid-term exam for a MIMM required or complementary course, please go to the Missed Mid-Term Exam section of our website for more information.   
  • If you believe you are unable to write a final exam for a required course due to a serious health or wellness condition, or another extenuating circumstance, you may be eligible to apply for an exam deferral. Students should review the rules and regulations on exam deferrals on the McGill Exam website. 
  • If you are in satisfactory or probationary standing and received a grade of D, F, J, or U for a course, you may be eligible to write a supplemental exam, which will count for a large percentage of your final grade. Your initial grade will still appear on your transcript, and both will be calculated into your CGPA. Students should review the rules and regulations on supplemental exams on the McGill Exam website.
  • If you fail a MIMM undergraduate program required course or received a final grade of "D" you have two options: 
    • Apply to write a supplemental exam or
    • Repeat the course
  • If you fail a MIMM undergraduate program complementary course or receive a final grade of “D” you have three options:
    • Apply to write a supplemental exam or
    • Repeat the course or
    • Since a D is a pass for an elective, you can choose another course from the list.

Academic Year Designation 

  • U0 - first year of study by four-year students (120 credits, including a freshman year)
  • U1 - second year of study
  • U2 - third year of study
  • U3 - fourth year of study
  • Quebec students who enter from CEGEP begin their studies in the U1 year and progress to U2 and U3 (90 credits).
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