Microbiology and Immunology
Location: Sir Charles Tupper Medical Building
5850 College Street
Room 7-C
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-3587
Fax: (902) 494-5125
Website: medicine.dal.ca/departments/department-sites/microbiology.html
Email: microimm.advising@dal.ca


Microbiologists study small cells (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, and when taken together comprise a major strength of the Dept. Another focus of the department is cancer biology, a natural fit with other interests, as cancers can be thought of as foreign objects, and many are caused by bacteria and viruses.

Degree programs in Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie focus on education and training in bacteriology, virology and immunology, with an understanding that biochemistry, genetics, and cell and molecular biology are also essential elements of a comprehensive academic program. A degree in Microbiology and Immunology provides a firm foundation for future employment in a variety of laboratory environments, for the pursuit of an advanced post- graduate degree, and/or for entry into the health professions (e.g. medicine).

Degree Programs

The Department offers the following degree programs in Microbiology and Immunology

  • BSc (120 credit hour) Honours (Concentrated)*
  • BSc (120 credit hour) Combined Honours*
  • BSc (120 credit hour) Major*
  • BSc (120 credit hour) Double Major*
  • BSc (90 credit hour) Minor in Microbiology and Immunology

* BSc Co-op option available 
* May be combined with Minors from other disciplines.

Departmental requirements for each degree program can be seen by following the links in the menu to the right.

In addition to departmental requirements, students must satisfy the requirements outlined in the Academic Regulations and the College of Arts and Science Degree Requirements sections.

A student is governed by the academic regulations in place at the time of initial enrolment, as long as the degree is completed within the time permitted (10 years). Subsequent changes in regulations shall apply only if the student so elects. Student applying the old academic regulations should consult the calendar of the appropriate year.

Students should plan their programs of study carefully. It is recommended that students considering an Honours or Major program consult with a Microbiology and Immunology Academic Advisor prior to registering for second year classes.

Students who participated in the Integrated Science Program in their first year should consult the Undergraduate Calendar for first year course equivalencies. The following options fulfill the first year requirements for any Microbiology and Immunology program: