University of Alberta

Immunology & Infection (2007-08)

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The Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, and Medical Microbiology & Immunology offer a BSc Honors or Specialization program in Immunology and Infection.

This is a broadly based program that considers the full range of host responses to pathogens that occur in living organisms. The diversity of infectious agents and their adaptations in response to host immune systems will be central to the program.

While a detailed understanding of the vertebrate immune system is a core aspect, the program will not be medically oriented. However, it should be equally valuable to persons pursuing future studies in medicine or any other facet of pathogen biology or organismal responses to pathogens.

The program will have three broad and overlapping major themes: function of the innate and adaptive immune system in a diversity of organisms, b: biology of prokaryotic, eukaryotic and viral pathogens (and symbionts), and c: biology of host-pathogen (symbiont) interactions including mechanisms of pathogenesis, immune evasion strategies, host responses, and co-evolution.

Although all students should be exposed to all three themes, the program should be flexible enough to permit students to sub-stream within it, with some emphasizing immunology, and others focusing more on pathogen biology.

Honors in Immunology and Infection
Continuation in the Honors program in Immunology and Infection requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in each preceding Fall/Winter. Graduation requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 on the last *60 credited to the degree. Students in the Honors program must take at least *30 in the Fall/Winter of each year. Exceptions to this requirement must be approved by the Department of Biological Sciences and the Faculty of Science office.

Specialization in Immunology and Infection
Continuation in the Specialization program in Immunology and Infection requires a minimum GPA of 2.3 in each preceding Fall/Winter. Graduation requires a GPA of 2.3 in all courses credited to the degree.

Notes:
(1) At least *3 must be in a course with a laboratory component. Honors students must take at least *6 in a laboratory research project course (honors thesis). Approved project courses are BIOL 499 and MMI 499. Therefore, Honors students need take only *15 from third option category.

(2) Normally only *12 are allowed outside the Faculties of Science and Arts in the entire program. See 184 for courses outside the Faculty of Science that will be considered as Science options.

Year 1

BIOL 107, 108
CHEM 101, 102
CHEM 164 or 261
MATH 113 or 114 or 120
STAT 141 or 151

*3 in a Science option
*6 in Arts options
*6 in Arts options

Year 2

BIOCH 200
BIOL 201
BIOL 207, 208
CHEM 263
IMIN200
MICRB 265
GENET 270 or BIOCH 330

*6 in Arts options

Year 3 and 4

ZOOL 241 and 242 or PHYSL 210 or 211
One of: BIOCH 430; GENET 304; IMIN 324, 371, 452; MICRB 316
MMI 351
ZOOL 352

*6 in Arts options
*9 in Science options from the Options List below
*21 in options from the Options List below or options approved by an advisor. 1

1 At least *3 must be in a course with a laboratory component. Honors students must take at least *6 in a laboratory research project course (honors thesis). Approved project courses are BIOL 499 and MMI 499. Therefore, Honors students need take only *15 from third Options List below.

Options List :

BIOCH 320, 430, 450
CELL 300
ENT 378
GENET 304
IMIN 372, 401
MICRB 316
MMI 352, 405, 415, 426
ZOOL 354, 452

Note : Normally only *12 are allowed outside the Faculties of Science and Arts in the entire program. See 184 for courses outside the Faculty of Science that will be considered as Science options.

Last Modified: 2012-03-16