Faculty of Science - Microbiology
Faculty of Science

Program description

Microbiology is the study of microscopic organisms: bacteria, viruses, fungi, protozoa and algae. Programs provide a comprehensive study of modern microbiology ranging from environmental to medical to molecular microbiology. Many courses include laboratory components to develop skills in microbiological techniques. The Honours and cooperative work-study (co-op) programs provide experience in government, private sector and research laboratories.


Program options

Degree options

B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Microbiology – 4 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Microbiology (Co-op) – 5 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Microbiology – 4 years 
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Microbiology (Co-op) – 5 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, General – 3 years 

Program options

B.Sc. Joint Honours and Major programs, both with co-op options:
    Biochemistry
    Biotechnology
    Genetics

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Microbial molecular biology and molecular genetics
  • Medical microbiology
  • Environmental microbiology
  • Biochemistry of microorganisms
  • Applied microbiology

Co-op options
Cooperative-work study options for Major and Honours Programs


Professional opportunities

    • Researcher
    • Medical microbiology and public health
    • Microbial ecology
    • Biotechnology and industrial microbiology

    Admission Requirements

    Visit the Science Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.


    What is unique about this program at the U of M?

    • Only stand-alone microbiology department in Canada
    • Strong emphasis on integrating molecular biology, medical, biochemical, environmental and applied aspects of microbiology
    • All faculty members have externally-funded research programs, including two with national research chairs
    • Research strengths lead to enhanced teaching in current areas of microbiology
    • Hands-on research opportunities for students
    • Strong links to biochemistry, genetics and biotechnology program
    • Excellent undergraduate laboratories – more than half of the microbiology courses include a lab component, for both basic microbiology and advanced courses
    • Links to the Canadian Centre for Human and Animal Health (Level 4)  

    Important links

    Faculty of Science
    Programs in Science
    Microbiology
    Graduate Programs