Immunology

The Minor, Major, and Specialist Programs in Immunology are offered through Trinity College in collaboration with the Department of Immunology at the University of Toronto.

About Immunology and the Programme

Immunology is a new branch of the medical sciences which has recently gained prominence as a field of study in its own right, but which continues to draw on the more traditional disciplines of Microbiology, Pathology, and Biochemistry. In essence, Immunology is the study of the physiological responses which result when foreign (i.e. non-self) materials are introduced into a vertebrate organism such as man. Traditionally, the discipline has focussed on the body's response to infectious micro-organisms, with the purpose of developing effective vaccines. However, the scope of modern Immunology now encompasses all aspects of self vs. non-self recognition phenomena including organ transplantation, tumour immunology, autoimmune diseases and allergy. Recent major advances in our understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response, as well as the complex genetic mechanisms it requires, promise to provide us with a new generation of prophylactic, therapeutic and diagnostic reagents of relevance to human and animal health.

Immunology represents an emerging, inter-disciplinary subject in Biology and, in recognition of this, an undergraduate program in Immunology was established at Trinity College in collaboration with the Department of Immunology in 1986. The goal of the Minor, Major, and Specialist program is to provide students with a sound theoretical understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of non-self recognition. The specialist program also offers sufficient laboratory experience to enable the students to consider embarking on a career in the discipline. Immunologists may have careers as scientists in universities and other centres of learning and research, as well as in the biotechnology industries, diagnostic laboratories and various government agencies. As with the other Basic Medical Sciences, a degree in Immunology also provides a good background for a career in professions such as teaching or medicine.

The following pages outline the courses that are involved in the programs as well as the undergraduate Research Opportunities that are available (http://www.immunology.utoronto.ca/undergraduate/research.htm). A description of the Immunology books available in the Trinity College library is also included. In addition, there is list of our Faculty members and a "one-line" description of the work they are pursuing in their research labs (http://www.immunology.utoronto.ca/faculty/directory.htm).   Lastly, if you find that at some point you are interested in pursuing some research in Immunology at the graduate level, we have a brief description of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs that our Department offers through the School of Graduate Studies for students who have obtained a B.Sc. (http://www.immunology.utoronto.ca/graduate.htm)

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about Immunology or the program!

Dr. Alberto Martin: undergraduate.immunology@utoronto.ca

 

Specialist Program

(13.5 full courses or their equivalents)

The Immunology Specialist Program is a Type 3 program. Only students with an average of 70% or higher in all of the required first-year courses and a minimum of 65% in each of these courses will be considered for entrance into the specialist program. Enrolment is limited and selection is based on performance in the following first-year required courses: BIO120, BIO130, CHM138, CHM139, MAT135 or their equivalents. Students apply via the Faculty’s Subject POSt website.

First Year:

BIO120H; BIO130H; CHM138H; CHM139H; (MAT131H; MAT132H) / MAT135Y / MAT 137Y; (PHY131H1, PHY132H1) / (PHY151H1; PHY152H1)

Second Year:

1. BCH242Y ; BIO230H ; BIO260H / HMB265H; CHM220H; CHM247H

2. One course from the following list: BIO220H / STA220H / PCL285H

Third Year:

BCH371H; IMM335Y; MGY311Y; MGY377H; MGY 378H

Fourth Year:

1. IMM435H2

2. Two courses from the following list: IMM428H / IMM429H / IMM430H / MIJ485H  

3. IMM450Y or one full course equivalent at the 400-series in ANA, BCH, IMM, LMP, MGY, CSB.

 

1These courses may be taken in the first year or subsequent years and are not required for entrance into the specialist program.

2This course is capped at 40 students. Priority will be given to Immunology Specialist students, followed by Immunology Major students.

 

Major Program

(8 full courses or their equivalents, including two 400-series courses)

The Immunology Major Program is a Type 3 program. Only students with an average of 70% or higher in all of the required first-year courses and a minimum of 60% in each of these courses will be considered for entrance into the major program. Enrolment is limited and selection is based on performance in the following first-year required courses: BIO120, BIO130, CHM138, CHM139. Students may combine the immunology major program with another major program within Science, Social Sciences, or Humanities.

First Year:

BIO120H; BIO130H; CHM138H; CHM139H

Second Year:

1. BCH210H; BIO230H; IMM250H; BIO260H/HMB265H

2. One course from the following list: BIO220H / STA220H / PCL285H

Third Year:

IMM334Y; CSB349H/BCH311H ; One full-course equivalent from the following list: BCH370H/MGY377H/ MGY378H/ PHL281H

Fourth Year2:

One full-course equivalent from the following list: IMM428H/IMM429H/IMM430H/ IMM435H3/MIJ485H1

 

1MIJ485H1 requires MGY377H1 & MGY378H1 as pre-requisites.

2Students considering graduate school are encouraged to add the additional non-compulsory IMM450Y research course, if space permits.

3This course is capped at 40 students. Priority will be given to Immunology Specialist students, followed by Immunology Major students.

 

The emphasis of the Specialist and Major programs are to provide students with a sound theoretical understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of non-self recognition, together with sufficient laboratory experience to enable the students to consider embarking on a career in the discipline.

 

Minor Program

(4 full courses or their equivalents)

The Immunology Minor program is a Type 1 program. For more information, refer to the Immunology website at www.immunology.utoronto.ca.

First Year:

BIO120H; BIO130H; (CHM138H, CHM139H)/CHM151Y

Second Year: 

BIO230H; IMM250H

Third Year: 

IMM334Y