What are the eligibility requirements for the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Major program?

This is a limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students.  Eligibility will be competitive and based on a student’s marks in the 3.0 required first-year courses:

BIO120H1BIO130H1, (CHM135H1CHM136H1)/(CHM138H1, CHM139H1)/CHM151Y1, and (MAT135H1MAT136H1)/MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1, with an average of at least 70% on these 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a final mark of at least 60% in each course. 

While it is difficult to predict what will be competitive course marks and average in a given year,  based on previous years, the estimate is: course marks =  mid 70s; average = mid 70s.

Achieving these estimated marks does not guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

Note:  Students must apply to this program on the Arts & Science Faculty Registrar’s Office website (see the Arts & Science Program Enrolment web site for application procedures).

What are the eligibility requirements for the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Specialist program?

This is a limited enrolment program that can only accommodate a limited number of students.  Eligibility will be competitive and based on a student’s marks in the 3.0 required first-year courses:

BIO120H1BIO130H1, (CHM138H1, CHM139H1)/CHM151Y1, and (MAT135H1MAT136H1)/MAT135Y1/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1 with an average of at least 80% on these 3.0 full-course equivalents (FCEs) and a final mark of at least 75% in each course. 

While it is difficult to predict what will constitute "competitive" course marks in a given year, based on previous years the estimate is: course marks =  mid 80s; average = mid 80s.

Achieving these estimated marks does not guarantee admission to the program in any given year.

Note:  Students must apply to this program on the Arts & Science Faculty Registrar’s Office website (see the Arts & Science Program Enrolment web site for application procedures).

What if i want to switch into the major/specialist after first or second year and i don’t have all the prerequisites?

What if i want to switch into the major/specialist after first or second year and i don’t have all the prerequisites?

Talk to us! Our requirements for courses (particularly in the first and second year) can be flexible depending on the circumstances. You can schedule an appointment to meet with the Undergraduate Coordinator and we can work out a curriculum plan to help you enroll in one of our programs.

What do these programs qualify me to do after i graduate?

What do these programs qualify me to do after i graduate?

Our students frequently pursue careers in fields anchored in an understanding of biology. Many go on to graduate school while others go to various professional programs in medicine or a medically relevant field. A few go off the beaten path and explore options in business or law, where they find their unique training in biology provides an advantage in this competitive labor market.

What distinguishes molecular genetics from other departmental programs?

What distinguishes molecular genetics from other departmental programs?

Our department hosts a diverse array of internationally respected scientists with expertise in several fields including development, stem cells, cancer, microbiology and infectious disease, cell biology, biochemistry and protein structure, genomics, and bioinformatics. This diversity is our strength and students that choose to study with us find that almost anything they find interesting is being studied by one of our faculty members.

What is the difference between a major and a specialist?

What is the difference between a major and a specialist?

The specialist program is designed to be a research-intensive program that gives students the necessary training to pursue graduate education in a field that uses modern techniques in molecular biology (genomics, cancer research, microbiology, stem cells). For this reason we place emphasis on laboratory courses and courses, particularly in the fourth year, that cover current topics of research in great detail. Many of the students who choose a specialist degree go on to graduate school although many others go to earn professional degrees in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, etc. Students in our specialist program have additional access to research opportunities and are invited to our annual retreat where they interact directly with professors, post-docs and graduate students.

The major program is designed to give students a basic and fundamental understanding of molecular genetics and/or microbiology. Less emphasis is placed on laboratory work but there is increased flexibility to combine classes with other majors. Several of our MGY major students have chosen second majors in Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell and Systems Biology (Genome Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology), various Human Biology programs (Health and Disease, Global Health, Neuroscience, and Genes Genetics and Biotechnology).