• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Immunology and Microbiology, Biology
  • Minor code MIIM-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate
Microbiology and Immunology Minor

Microbes can be beneficial to humans but are also a major cause of human mortality and morbidity. This course explores the major classes of microorganisms, with particular emphasis on bacteria, viruses and parasites. It also explores the mammalian immune system— a complex collection of specialised organs and cells—which has evolved to combat pathogenic microorganisms. Students will acquire theoretical and practical skills in the disciplines of microbiology and immunology, and develop skills in the critical analysis and interpretation of experimental data. By understanding mechanisms used by pathogens to evade the mammalian immune response, and immune mechanisms used to control infectious agents and cancer, students will be develop advanced knowledge in this fascinating field, highly relevant to human health. The minor will assist students seeking to pursue professional and graduate degrees emphasizing these disciplines, and will provide a solid background for students pursuing career goals in laboratory science and public policy related to health and disease.

Learning Goals:

  1. Students completing the minor in Immunology and Microbiology will be able to:
  2. Explain the diversity of microorganisms, with specific emphasis on bacteria, viruses and parasites and describe the life cycles, metabolism, and genetics of classes of microorganisms.
  3. Describe mammalian immunology, with particular reference to the organs and cells of the immune system, and how these develop, function and interact.
  4. Explain the co-evolution of microorganisms and the mammalian immune system. Use this knowledge to understand how to control human pathogens.
  5. Develop laboratory skills in microbiology and immunology. Understand how knowledge in the field is derived. Begin to understand the boundaries and uncertainties of cutting-edge knowledge in the field.
  6. Critically evaluate experimental data and analysis based on disciplinary research and published literature.
  7. Communicate data and information in clear and effective ways to disciplinary and to non-disciplinary audiences.

Other Information

Advice to Students

Students should complete BIOL1003, BIOL1004, CHEM1101 and CHEM1201 in first year.

BIOL2161 is a prerequisite for BIOL2142.

Students should seek further course advice from the academic convener of this Microbiology and Immunology minor.

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Minor Requirements

This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
BIOL2142 General Microbiology 6
BIOL3141 Infection and Immunity 6

12 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
BIOL2191 Ecology of Health and Disease 6
BIOL3142 Parasitology 6
BIOL3144 Molecular Immunology 6
BIOL3208 Biology Research Project 6
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