Top Reasons to study Microbiology at the University of Manitoba

1) You want to address global challenges through your work

At the U of M, students gain an appreciation for the microbes that provide novel solutions to today’s global challenges, from feeding the planet to providing alternative fuel sources and novel therapeutics.

2) You want a program that links to Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health

Please explain the benefit of this association.

3) You’re seeking opportunities for undergraduate research and lab experience

As an undergrad, you begin to gain lab experience from your first Microbiology course, and have opportunities to conduct hands-on research with a faculty member as early as second year.

4) We have active research by faculty underway

The University of Manitoba is home to the only stand-alone Microbiology department in Canada, which is sustained through the active research of our faculty.

5) We link strongly to Biochemistry and Genetics

While Microbiology stands as an independent unit, our program also emphasizes integration with other science programs on campus, and Microbiology centres within the larger community. We offer joint honours degree options for those interested in Biochemistry or Genetics.

Minimum High School Prerequisites

Manitoba high school graduation with five full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated as S, G or U. A minimum 85 percent average over the following courses, with no less than 60 percent in each course:

  • English 40S
  • Pre-Calculus Math 40S 
  • Biology 40S 
  • Chemistry 40S 


If you don’t have the appropriate high school courses, or you would like to refresh your knowledge in a subject area, the University offers the following preparatory courses.

Biology BIOL 1000, Biology: Foundations of Life
Chemistry CSKL 100,  Chemistry Skills, Offered through Extended Education
Mathematics, Math Skills, Offered through Extended Education
Physics, PSKL 100, Physics Skills, Offered through Extended Education

What will I learn?

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Program Options

  • 3-year General Degree
  • 4-year Honours Degree
  • 4-year Major Degree
  • 4-year plus 1-year work term Honours (Co-op)
  • 4-year plus 1-year work term Degree (Co-op)
Sample Courses
  • MBIO 1010 Microbiology I
  • CHEM 1310 University 1 Chemistry: An Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • MBIO 2360 Biochemistry 1: Biomolecules and an Introduction to Metabolic Energy
  • MBIO 2370 Biochemistry 2: Catabolism, Synthesis, and Information Pathways
  • MBIO 3010 Mechanisms of Microbial Disease
  • MBIO 3410 Molecular Biology
  • MBIO 4010 Immunology H
  • MBIO 4410 Virology

What can I do with this degree?

Career Opportunities:

Your science degree opens doors to many careers in science, or you can go on to further study in a science related field, graduate program, or professional degree program, such as education, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, rehabilitation sciences, or veterinary medicine.


Opportunities for Future Studies include:

The University of Manitoba offers graduate programs in Microbiology for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.

Career Profiles

Karin Thacker [BSc/93, MSc/95], Microbiology

VP-Global Regulatory Affairs at Gritstone Oncology

Karin is helping move novel cancer vaccines into the clinic. As VP-Global Regulatory Affairs at Gritstone Oncology, she works to ensure that their investigational products are made in compliance with FDA and Health Canada standards, that the appropriate preclinical safety studies are conducted before entering the clinic, and that the clinical studies are correctly designed and executed. Read more

Dr. Prashen Chelikani, [PhD/04, Microbiology] – Microbiology

Professor, Department of Oral Biology, University of Manitoba, Scientist, Children’s Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba, Director, Manitoba Chemosensory Biology Group

His research focuses on taste receptors and on trying to understand the “bitter” taste signal transduction in humans. Dr. Chelikani has made significant inroads into different disciplines including nutritional sciences, physiology, microbiology, biochemistry and pharmacology. Read more

Dr. Patricia Simner [PhD/11] – Microbiology

Assistant Professor of Pathology, and Director of the Bacteriology and Parasitology sections of the Medical Microbiology Laboratory, John Hopkins University

Dr. Simner’s work reflects the future of microbiologists. Already given several prestigious awards, she is an excellent role model for potential microbiologists, especially young women. Her work on the mechanisms of anti-microbial resistance is timely and necessary. Collaborations include those with the Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance Taskforce for the CDC.

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Public Service
  • Biosafety Officer
  • Patent Agent
  • Patent Attorney
  • Patent Examiner
  • Technical Specialist
  • Grant Administrator
  • Program Officer
Energy & Environment
  • Bioremediation
  • Waste Management Alternative Fuels and Energy Pollutant Control
  • Enzymes
  • Contamination Control Organic Chemicals
  • Oil Recovery and Mining
  • Food Production
  • Cheesemaking Microbial Control
  • Fermentation Beer Brewing
  • Cell Cultures
  • Metabolic Engineering
  • Biotechnology
  • Pharmaceutical Antimicrobials
  • Vaccines
  • Diagnostic Assays
  • Health Care Products
  • University Professor/Instructor
  • Teacher*
  • Science Writer
  • Science Communicator
  • Pathologist
  • Clinical Laboratory Scientist
  • Public Health Lab Scientist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Biosafety Officer
  • Contamination Control
Research & Development
  • Bacteriologist
  • Mycologist
  • Virologist
  • Parasitologist
  • Lab Technician
  • Research Scientist
  • Laboratory Director

This list represents multiple career possibilities but is by no means exhaustive. Some careers may require further education.