Why study Microbiology and Immunology at Dal?

Study tiny organisms and make a big impact

Microbiologists study microorganisms and viruses. Among other things, immunologists want to know how larger organisms (such as humans) respond to foreign objects, many of which are very small. These two disciplines are thus inextricably linked. Studying them together means you’ll be widely prepared for future career opportunities.

If you thrive in a smaller campus environment, consider doing the first year in the Truro Start Program. This program gives you the opportunity to join a small cohort with dedicated resources and support to build a strong foundation in your chosen field before transitioning into your second and final years in Halifax.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, BSc
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Campus: Studley Campus, Halifax, Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

When you study Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie, you’ll study microscopic organisms and how they can impact our lives. You’ll learn how viruses, bacteria and parasites can cause disease, and how our bodies protect themselves. You’ll learn from faculty who are experts and active researchers in infectious diseases, cancer biology, inflammation and host-pathogen interactions.

First-year students begin by taking foundation courses in science. These courses will give you the background for more in-depth studies in topics such as bacteriology, virology, immunology, microbial genetics, bacterial pathogenesis and much more. Students taking Microbiology and Immunology also have the opportunity to participate in work terms through the co-op education program.

Sample courses:

  • Virology
  • Immunology
  • Food Microbiology

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Studying Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie will bring you closer to a number of challenging careers in different areas related to medical science. You could find yourself in any of the following careers after graduation (further study may be required):

  • microbiologist
  • laboratory technician
  • pharmaceutical or food industry consultant
  • pharmacist
  • pathologist

Future study possibilities are abundant with a degree in Microbiology and Immunology. You may choose to pursue graduate level programs such as a Master of Science (MSc) in topics such as pathology, microbiology, immunology or virology and eventually a PhD. You may choose to combine your knowledge of science with business and complete a Master of Business Administration (MBA).

You’ll also have the foundation to pursue further studies in professional programs such as medicine, dentistry, law, and pharmacy.  

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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