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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.



  • Immunology (specialist, major and minor options)


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.


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