Immunology is the study of the physiological responses which result when foreign materials (e.g. viruses, bacteria or parasites) are introduced into a vertebrate organism such as humans. The scope of modern immunology encompasses all aspects of self vs. non-self recognition phenomena including infectious diseases, organ transplantation, tumour immunology and autoimmune diseases. Recent major advances in our understanding of the cellular and molecular basis of the immune response promise to provide us with a new generation of prophylactic, therapeutic and diagnostic reagents of relevance to human and animal health.


Admission Information

  • Apply to the Life Sciences admission category on the St. George campus
  • Six Grade 12 U or M courses, including English and Calculus and Vectors are required
  • Senior high school credits in Biology and Chemistry are required for first-year courses
  • Senior high school Physics is recommended preparation
  • Students outside of Ontario should have the equivalent senior high school credits


Honours Bachelor of Science Programs

  • Immunology (specialist, major and minor options)


First-Year Courses

There are no specific first-year immunology courses.


Advice for First Year

Students interested in pursuing an immunology program must take:

  • BIO 120H – Adaptation and Biodiversity
  • BIO 130H – Molecular and Cell Biology
  • CHM 135H1 – Chemistry: Physical Principles
  • CHM 136H1 – Introductory Organic Chemistry I

Students interested in pursuing an immunology specialist program must take the above courses and the following courses:

  • MAT 135Y1 – Calculus I or MAT 137Y1 – Calculus
  • PHY 131H1 and PHY 132H1 – Introduction to Physics or PHY 151H1 and PHY 152H1 – Foundations of Physics may be taken in first year or upper years.



The goal of the specialist program is to provide students with a sound theoretical understanding of the immune system, including the cellular and molecular basis of recognition and destruction of foreign materials such as viruses, bacteria, and parasites. In addition, students will develop sufficient practical laboratory experience leading to careers in Universities and other centres of learning and research; the biotechnology industries; diagnostic laboratories or government agencies.

The major program offers students fundamental training in immunology and gives the student the opportunity to combine immunology with another program in the Faculty of Arts and Science.


Learn more about the Faculty of Arts & Science by reading our Viewbook


First Year