Molecular Biology and Genetics

The Honors B.Sc. major in Molecular Biology and Genetics (MBG) is offered within the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, home to many distinguished molecular biologists, geneticists, microbiologists, biochemists, and cellular and structural biologists. 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. 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.

Understanding fundamental molecular and genetic processes is essential to many fields of biological and biomedical sciences. The knowledge you attain through this program can lead you into research in many different life science-related fields. For example, you could investigate the origins of deadly human genetic disorders, or how advances in molecular biology are used to uncover disease mechanisms in plants. It can also prepare you for professional programs such as medicine and pharmacy, or rewarding careers in industry and government. In fact, the molecular biology and genetics programs offered through the University of Guelph will not only prepare you for most graduate or professional programs, they will also prepare you for life. Our aim is to give you the opportunity and ultimately the confidence to succeed in any field of science.

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Information about what students have done with the Molecular Biology and Genetics major can be found on the Career Services website.

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