Molecular Biology and Genetics

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How do genes make organisms unique and how can we use what we know to improve human, animal and environmental health? 

Molecular Biology and Genetics covers genomes and the genetics of microorganisms, plants and animals, and the structure and function of cells.

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What's Unique?


The Honors B.Sc. major in Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) is offered within the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Discover how significant advances in molecular and cellular biology can be applied to gene therapy, genetic testing, biopharmaceuticals and crop production. Participate in research projects with professors to gain additional hands-on training for a career in this exciting field.

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Program Details 

The variety of courses offered in the program covers a broad range of topics such as molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, developmental biology and agricultural genetics. Undergraduate laboratories will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge needed to perform basic procedures commonly used in the field of molecular biology and genetics. Additionally, you will develop the ability to analyze and interpret experimental results obtained in a laboratory setting. In your upper years, you will also have the opportunity to access some of the University of Guelph’s outstanding research labs and facilities.

  • Lab Methods in Molecular Biology
  • Human Genetics
  • Epigenetics
  • DNA Replication, Recombination and Repair

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Admission Requirements

~80-83%* average, 85-90%* average for co-op

  • 12U English
  • Advanced Functions
  • 2 courses from: 12U Biology, Chemistry, Physics
  • 2 additional 12U or M courses

All three sciences are recommended

*Please note that admission cut-offs stated above is an approximate based on previous years applicant pool. This cut-off range will vary from year-to-year and can be higher or lower based on the applicant pool. Meeting the minimum average does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admissions averages are calculated using the six required courses.


You can expect to learn how to:

  • Explain the molecular mechanisms of genetic inheritance that drive the evolution of populations.
  • Describe the synthesis and structure of macromolecules and their roles in cellular processes.
  • Explain how gene regulation networks and signal transduction cascades enable development and adaptation to the environment.
  • Design and implement experimental procedures using relevant techniques in gene analysis and manipulation and genetic engineering in model systems.

Career Options

Our Molecular Biology and Genetics program provides you with a degree that is truly interdisciplinary, ensuring that upon graduation you have acquired an expertise and proficiency in great demand by employers.


Co-Op Options

Molecular Biology and Genetics co-op is a five-year program, which includes four work terms. Below is an example of how the academic and work sequence will look for a Microbiology major.

*Please note this sequence may change. The current undergraduate calendar will house the most accurate sequence that students must follow. 

Students in this co-op major complete a course, COOP*1100, in the fall semester of second year.  This course helps students prepare for their work term by developing professional attitudes and skills for the workplace. This course also provides students with a toolkit of resume and cover letter writing as well as interview skills, which helps students to apply, interview and secure their work term positions.

What our Alumni are working as:

Canola Research Laboratory Technician | Health Canada

Computational Scientist | NSERC

Technologist | Canadian Donation and Transplantation Research Program



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Molecular Biology and Genetics is supported by the College of Biological Science?

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Research & Faculty

Find out more about the research and faculty involved in the Molecular Biology and Genetics major.

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Course List

A complete listing of all courses required for this major can be found in the Schedule of Studies located in the undergraduate calendar.

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