Application Processes

The Department of Microbiology and Immunology offers six specializations:

•   Microbiology and Immunology major (MBIM major, #1153)
•   Microbiology and Immunology honours (MBIM honours, #1154)
•   Combined Computer Science & Microbiology and Immunology major (CMJ CPSC - MBIM major, #1371)
•   Combined Computer Science & Microbiology and Immunology honours (CHN CPSC - MBIM major, #1373)
•   Combined Microbiology and Immunology & Oceanography major (CMJ MBIM - OCGY major, #3144)
•   Joint Degree Honours Biotechnology (BIOT honours, #1136)

There are different types of application processes for the different specializations. The type of process depends on your year-level.

Applicants Finishing Year 1

Students that were just promoted to Year 2 wanting to enter the Joint Degree Biotechnology Honours specialization and all students wishing to enter second-year Microbiology and Immunology Major, Honours, or second year Combined Computer Science and Microbiology and Immunology Major, Honours specializations or the Combined Microbiology and Oceanography Major must apply using the on-line process administered by the Faculty of Science. Eligible students will receive an e-mail communication regarding the process in late May or early June. When you fill out the application it is important to list your preferences for different specialization in the order of preference because the process starts by using the first year grades to rank each applicant then working down the ranked list and assigning specializations. This means that you will be considered for each of your choices before the next ranked student is considered.

Promotion to second year requires successful completion of a total of 24 or more credits from the first year requirements for the specialization, of which at least 12 must be science credits from the Faculty of Science lower-level requirements or equivalent advanced credits. The lower level Science requirements and the requirements for the first year specializations are described in the Academic calendar. There are specific requirements are for the Honours Biotechnology specialization, the Microbiology and Immunology major specialization and the Combined specializations with Computer Science and with Oceanography [http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/vancouver/index.cfm?tree=12,215,410,430]. There are no honours specialization choices available in Microbiology and Immunology or the combined specializations for second year because the requirements for the honours and majors specializations in second year are the same.

Applicants that accept offered spaces in the Honours Biotechnology specialization for second year are fully accepted to the Honours Biotechnology specialization. Applicants that accept offers for one of the other Microbiology and Immunology second year specializations will need to apply for space in the third year lab course in order to continue in the specialization in third year. When continuing students apply for MICB 322 they may also apply to switch from the second year major specialization to the honours specialization in Microbiology and Immunology or Combined Honours specialization in computer Science, Microbiology and Immunology.

Applicants Finishing Year 2

Students that have taken part of Year 2 or Year 3 that wish to be considered for the Honours Biotechnology specialization need to apply through the direct application process described at the detailed Biotechnology website for the specialization.

Students that have taken the core second year requirements for the Microbiology and Immunology specializations or the Combined Computer Science, Microbiology and Immunology specializations or the Combined Microbiology and Oceanography specialization will need to apply for space in the required third year lab course MICB 322. The department will consider applications from students that are missing one or more of the core second year prerequisites for MICB 322 but the missing courses will weaken the application and any student that is missing a core second year prerequisite course needs to complete the prerequisite before September if they are offered a conditional space in MICB 322. The department will also consider applicants that were declared in other specializations when they were taking the required second year prerequisite courses. Students that were already declared in second year are given some preference in the selection process for MICB 322 but competitive applicants from other specializations can still be ranked high enough to get offers of space in MICB 322 and the desired specialization offered by the Microbiology and Immunology department. Students that successfully complete MICB 322 are fully accepted to the chosen specializations and do not need to apply to continue into fourth year and graduation.

The MICB 322 course has space for 84 students. When students apply they are expected to provide grades for MICB 201, MICB 202, BIOL 200, BIOL 201, CHEM 233 (or 203) and one of the other core second year science courses in their requested specialization such as CHEM 205, CHEM 201, CHEM 213 or CPSC 210, CPSC 211, CPSC 213, CPSC 221, or EOSC 211, EOSC 270. The grades for the six courses for each applicant are entered into a spread sheet which is then sorted on the grade for each course, the average of the six courses (or the average of the six courses and up to three other second year Science courses if the additional courses improve the average). Students are given up to two points for each of the six courses and up to two points for the average of the courses. We rank courses starting at 0.1 point for 70%, adding 0.1 points for each % over 70 up to a maximum of 2 points (89%). Each missing course is assigned zero points. One point is given for research experience or significant experience in the field of microbiology such as working or volunteering in a research lab. Another point is given for participation in the co-op program. After all of the points are assigned, the total points for each student are summed and the applicants are sorted according to their total points. The department will then start at the top of the list and offer spaces in MICB 322 until all the spaces have been filled. The remaining students will be on a wait list in case spaces open later in the summer. If students on the wait list complete courses during the summer that would help their standing then they may contact the Undergraduate Program Assistant or the Senior Undergraduate Academic Advisor and ask to have their ranking reevaluated. Late applicants can also be considered but all the initial spaces are offered by early June so late applicants would likely start on the wait list. Their relative rank on the wait list would be determined by the same criteria used in the initial ranking of all the applicants.

Applicants Finishing Year 3

Students that were not offered space in MICB 322 for third year or want to transfer to one of the Microbiology and Immunology specializations after third year may apply for space in MICB 322 at the end of third year. If they were just completing the second year prerequisites for MICB 322 in third year then they should participate by using the second year application process for MICB 322.

If they took four relevant third year courses during third year and achieved an overall average above 80% in the four courses and all four courses were above 72% they will automatically be offered a space in MICB 322 for the following September if they submit the third year application form. Relevant third year courses that will be considered include BIOC 302, BIOL 335 and any third year MICB courses such as MICB 301, MICB 302, MICB 306, MICB 308, MICB 325. Students that take MICB 322 for fourth year will have a third year status and they will need to take a fifth year if they need to take the MICB 401 or MICB 421 courses that are required in some of the specializations.