Jun 30, 2022  
Undergraduate Calendar 2021-2022 
Undergraduate Calendar 2021-2022

Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics (B.Sc.)

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Effective September 2022, this program will be renamed Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics Research Specialization (B.Sc.). 

Students who enrolled prior to September 2022 will be given the choice to remain in Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics or transfer into Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics Research Specialization.

Admission Note

One of PHYSICS 1A03  or 1C03  is required for admission. Completion of PHYSICS 1AA3  or 1CC3  by the end of Level II is also recommended.


Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:

Program Notes

  1. BIOLOGY 2B03 2EE3  and MOLBIOL 2C03  must be completed in Level II.
  2. Six units of BIOLOGY 2A03 , 2D03 , 2F03 , 3FF3  are required. However, completion of at least nine units is recommended.
  3. Completion of STATS 2B03  is required for admission to the Honours Molecular Biology and Genetics (Co-op) program and therefore, students intending to apply for the Co-op option must complete STATS 2B03  in Level II.
  4. Students interested in microbiology and biotechnology and especially those considering postgraduate studies in this area should take the following courses: BIOLOGY 4PP3 , MOLBIOL 3CC3 , 4P03 .
  5. BIOLOGY 2L03  (or 2L06 A/B ), MOLBIOL 3A03  and 3I03 A/B S  are recommended as preparatory courses for MOLBIOL 4G12 A/B S .
  6. Completion of MOLBIOL 4G12 A/B S  is required in Level IV. Students who entered the program prior September 2021, will have the choice to complete BIOLOGY 4C12 A/B S  or 4F06 A/B S  to meet this requirement. Students who have not obtained the minimum Grade Point Average as stated in the prerequisite, may request a requisite waiver from the Undergraduate Associate Chair. Students denied permission may not continue in the program and must apply to transfer to the Honours Biology program.


120 units total (Levels I to IV), of which no more than 48 units may be Level I

Level I: 30 Units

30 units

(See Admission above.)

Levels II-IV: 90 Units

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