Honours Microbiology and Immunology program

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This 72-credit program combines the substantial background given by the Major program with a challenging opportunity to carry out a laboratory research project in the U-3 year.

The required courses in the Honours program provide a broad exposure to important areas in the biomedical sciences, as well as a high degree of specialization in these disciplines. Students are prepared for a significant research experience under the supervision of a professor in the Department. Those considering careers in research in the biological sciences or in medicine, or employment in the biotechnology field, are encouraged to take advantage of the special opportunities offered by this Honours program.

The Honours Research Project

The Independent Studies in Microbiology and Immunology (MIMM501/502) course gives students the unique opportunity to gain first-hand research experience, to design and execute scientific experiments using sophisticated methods and equipment, and to participate in the dynamic and creative interactions that contribute to scientific discovery.

Students in the project course work in the laboratory alongside a professor, graduate students, and research assistants during two terms. They learn to communicate science in writing and by a seminar presentation. (See MIMM501/502 description for registration requirements.)


Students intending to apply to the Honours program follow the same courses as the Major program in U-1 and U-2. A CGPA of at least 3.5 must be obtained by the end of the U-2 year in order to enter the Honours in U-3. For graduation from the Honours program, a student must pass all required courses at a level of C or better, and must achieve a sessional CGPA of at least 3.5 in U-3.

Students who wish to apply to the Honours program must communicate in writing with Student Affairs Officer at undergrad.microimm [at] mcgill.ca by the last Friday of January of their U-2 year. Since there are a limited number of places available in MIMM501/MIMM502, registration requires approval of the Department.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Microbiology and Immunology (72 Credits)

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