Microbiology & Immunology

Dalhousie Microbiology and Immunology students study microorganisms including viruses, bacteria and parasites, and investigate how the body protects itself from the microbes that cause infectious diseases and tumours. With a solid foundation in the sciences, Microbiology and Immunology students are proficient in cutting-edge theories and practices and are an asset in a wide range of work settings.

Student skills

Junior students (work term 1)

  • Introductory microbiology, biochemistry, cell biology and genetics
  • Aseptic technique
  • Dilution streaking / pure culture
  • Light microscopy
  • Serial dilution
  • Replica plating
  • Isolation and plaque purification of a virus from soil
  • DNA isolation/transformation

Intermediate students (work term 2)

  • Intermediate (3rd year) virology, bacteriology, immunology and nucleic acid biochemistry
  • Plasmid DNA extraction
  • Gel electrophoresis
  • Bioinformatics

Senior students (work term 3)

  • Advanced virology, medical microbiology, microbial genetics, cancer biology and / or immunology
  • Advanced laboratory skills


  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Clinical research
  • Diagnostic laboratories
  • Government health offices
  • University research
  • Food processing
  • Pediatrics

Past roles

  • Lab technician
  • Field technician
  • Research assistant
  • Development associate

Past employers

  • Dalhousie University
  • IWK Health Centre
  • Cape Breton University
  • Immunovaccine Inc.
  • Precision Biologic Inc.

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study Study Work term 1
3rd year Study Work term 2 Study
4th year Work term 3 Study Break
5th year Study Graduation  

Microbiology & Immunology co-op student work term schedules may vary from the example displayed above.

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $ 20.00


Faculty of Science: Microbiology and Immunology website.