|Field of Study:||Immunology
|Description:||Microbiology is the study of organisms undetectable to the unassisted human eye; it encompasses the study of bacteria, fungi, protozoa, and viruses. Research into the life processes of microbial cells in such diverse fields as biotechnology, food safety, water pollution, soil fertility, and human and animal diseases involves many disciplines of science. Indeed, many fields of science interact with the discipline of microbiology: medicine, biochemistry, molecular biology, ecology, genetics and molecular genetics, cellular biology, and many more. For these reasons, microbiology is often considered to be an interdisciplinary science; as such, it allows each student to focus on the fields that are of the greatest personal interest.
The honours program is designed to offer, in addition to the substantial background given by the major program, significant research experience in a laboratory within the Department during the third year. Students are prepared for this independent research project by following an advanced laboratory course in year two. This program is intended to prepare students for graduate study in microbiology and immunology or related fields, but could also be chosen by students intending to enter medical research after medical school, or intending to enter the job market in a laboratory research environment.
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