Microbiology and Immunology examines the world of viruses, bacteria, yeasts, moulds and protozoa and the different ways they can affect human and animal health. It advances modern medicine as it studies the immune system and develops protective solutions such as antibiotics and vaccines.

Quick facts
  • Three or four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

You will study aspects of ecology, genetics, physiology, molecular biology, the development of disease, public health and the human immune system.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in many different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

Course Description

Fall Term
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
PHYS 115 Physics and the Universe
MATH 125* Mathematics for the Life Sciences
ENG 114* Literature and Composition Reading Culture

Winter Term
CHEM 115 General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
PHYS 117* Physics for the Life Sciences
PLSC 214* Statistical Methods
PSY 120* Biological and Cognitive Bases of Psychology
PHIL 120* Knowledge Mind and Existence

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

BMSC 210: Microbiology
An introduction to the structure, physiology, genetics and pathogenicity of microorganisms. Topics include the structure and composition of bacteria and viruses, bacterial growth, genetics, and regulation, the role of microorganisms in disease, and an introduction to the immune system.

MCIM 390: Experimental Microbiology and Immunology
The principles and applications of techniques used in microbiology and immunology are covered with an emphasis on problem solving by experimentation. Included are methods relating to safe handling, growth and identification of microbes and methods for studying virology and immunology.

MCIM 423: Immunopathogenesis
Considers how the activation of innate and adaptive immune mechanisms contribute to pathology. Topics include basic mechanisms of immune-cell migration and inflammation, functions of cytokines, antibody and cell-mediated hypersensitivity reactions and their role in disease processes as seen in allergies, transplantation and autoimmunity.

This program provides an excellent foundation of knowledge in the biomedical sciences if you are seeking subsequent admission into health science professional schools such as Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nutrition or Veterinary Medicine.

We are home to the International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac), one of the largest vaccine research and teaching facilities in the world. Researchers are studying a full range of infectious diseases in both humans and animals, and are working to develop new vaccines and methods of delivery against these illnesses. In addition, we are also home to the Global Institute for Food Security and the Global Institute for Water Security as well as a wide array of centres, institutes and facilities.


  • Immunologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Virologist
  • Patent agent
  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Technical salesperson
  • Lab or research assistant
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Medical technologist
  • Food technologist
  • Quality control technologist

Tuition estimates

Canadian students International students
Tuition $6,608 $18,040
Fees $947 $947
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $9,055 $20,487

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load, the maximum number of courses allowed (2019-2020 Canadian dollar rates).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Microbiology and Immunology degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year, three-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines


Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
January 2020
Dec 1, 2019
Documents due: Dec 15, 2019
Sep 1, 2019
Documents due: Oct 1, 2019
May 2020
Apr 1, 2020
Documents due: May 1, 2020
Feb 1, 2020
Documents due: Mar 1, 2020
July 2020
May 1, 2020
Documents due: Jun 1, 2020
Mar 1, 2020
Documents due: Apr 1, 2020
September 2020
Aug 15, 2020
Documents due: Aug 15, 2020
May 1, 2020
Documents due: Jun 1, 2020
January 2021
Dec 1, 2020
Documents due: Dec 15, 2020
Sep 1, 2020
Documents due: Oct 1, 2020

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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