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Undergraduate Degrees and Programs


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Undergraduate Degrees and Programs


Molecular biology has revolutionized the fields of genetics and microbiology.

The Department of Molecular Genetics offers Specialist and Major programs in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology, which emphasize the molecular aspects of both disciplines. Genetics, the science of heredity, and microbiology, the study of microorganisms (microbes), have long served as meeting grounds for a variety of biological disciplines. Developments in genetics and microbiology have contributed greatly to our basic understanding of the fundamental processes of life as well as to the treatment of genetic and infectious diseases.

Career opportunities for graduates include employment in research institutes, universities and other educational institutions, as well as industry. The programs provide excellent preparation for post-graduate research and professional programs.

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Specialist program

is a research-intensive program and is designed to provide strong in-depth training in science, including critical analyses of scientific concepts and literature, advanced laboratory experience, and detailed understanding and application of molecular biology.

Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Major Program

offers students fundamental training in molecular genetics and microbiology. Students tailor their own program and may focus on a microbiology major, a genetic major, or a combination; they choose a path to suit their specific interests.

Major Program in Genome Biology


is a program cosponsored with the Department of Cell and system Biology & the Department of Ecology and Evolution. 


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Courses


Courses


Twenty-Four courses spanning various topics in genetics, microbiology and human disease. 



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Undergraduate Research


Undergraduate Research


Opportunities for undergraduates to work and study in research laboratories.

If you are interested in doing undergraduate research please contact faculty via e-mail early in the fall term (September to December) for the possibility of doing research in the following summer or next school year. Note that faculty members receives several requests each year and are therefore unable to provide slots to everybody.  

When contacting faculty please provide:

  • details about yourself including an unofficial copy of your transcript
  • explain why you are interested in their lab
  • contact at least four or five labs to improve your chances for success

We also encourage students to visit the "Graduate and Life Sciences Education" website http://www.glse.utoronto.ca  for more information about doing graduate and undergraduate research.    This website holds a lot of information about research opportunities in other departments and in the hospitals affiliated with U of T.

Other useful information for prospective researchers:


Summer Research Program

There are many opportunities to do research during the summer in one of our active research laboratories. These positions provide a small stipend.  Please click the link above for details on how to find a lab and apply.

MGY299Y: Research Opportunity Program

Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project for 2nd year students. Detailed information is provided by the Faculty of Arts & Science:  Research Opportunity Program.

MGY480Y1: Special Research Project

An opportunity for specialized individual research for 4th year students in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.  Students with an interest in graduate research are encouraged to participate.


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Awards


Awards


Three awards given to three students that demonstrate excellence and promise. 


The Johnson Wong Memorial Scholarship

Awarded to a 4th year (graduating) student who is enrolled in the Genetics Stream of the Molecular Genetics and Microbiology Specialist Program, and has been accepted into graduate school. 

TheIvan Szak Scholarship in Bacteriology

To be awarded to an outstanding graduate of the Specialist Program in Microbiology

The Clarence Fuerst Award

Awarded to the best student in MGY314H (Principles Of Genetic Analysis I: Bacterial Genetics) and MGY315H (Principles Of Genetic Analysis II)


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Undergraduate FAQs


Undergraduate FAQs


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Associate Chair & Undergraduate Coordinator


 

Student Services Assistant
#4290, Medical Sciences Bldg.
1 King's College Circle
University of Toronto
Toronto ON M5S 1A8
Office Hours: 8:15-4:30
Tel: 416-978-8359
Fax: 416-978-6885