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Immunology (Interdepartmental Honours program in Immunology (IHI))

Group : Biological, Biomedical & Life Sciences
Can be taken as: Honours

Immunology is the study of the molecular and cellular basis of host resistance and immunity to external agents such as pathogenic microorganisms. Immunologists study the mechanisms by which the body recognizes foreign antigens, generates appropriate antibodies to an enormously diverse spectrum of antigens, and sequesters and kills invading microorganisms. Their discoveries lead to vaccination against disease; transfusions and organ transplants; allergies; cancer; autoimmune diseases; and immune-deficiency diseases such as AIDS. Antibodies may soon be used in conjunction with antibiotics or chemical agents as specific “magic bullets” to diagnose disease and attack microbes and cancers.

The IHI is a 75-credit Honours program involving the Departments of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, and Physiology, and it incorporates elements from each of these disciplines. Since immunology is a key area of biomedical research and is critical to our understanding of the patho-physiology of many immune-mediated diseases, the program provides an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research and/or medicine.

If you are interested in the Immunology Honours, you should select “Microbiology and Immunology” on your application to the B.Sc. and consult with an advisor once admitted.

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Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Honours Immunology (Interdepartmental) (75 Credits)