Skip to main content
LATEST INFORMATION ABOUT COVID-19

READ MORE

Cell and Molecular Biology (BSc)

Apply now
Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Cell and Molecular Biology?

Map genes. Examine microbes. Crack the secrets of the genome, the program of life. When you study Cell and Molecular Biology, you get a front-row seat to study the basic processes that run life’s playbook. As a cell and molecular biologist, you can discover how genes shape organisms, how immune cells protect our body and how biotechnology can develop pest- or drought-resistant crops for the developing world.

Our Biology Department laboratories feature modern equipment and protocols that introduce you to state-of-the-art technologies for cell physiology and molecular biology. Small class sizes foster strong student-professor relationships. As a Cell and Molecular Biology student, you'll follow both the biology core curriculum and courses focused within your specialization. Through labs, lectures and tutorials you will:

  • Study the mechanisms of cellular interactions and genetic controls in plants and animals
  • Study the structure and function of microbes
  • Learn the techniques used to study genetic function, gene mapping and genome analysis
  • Perform original research as an undergraduate

Concordia’s hands-on approach provides a solid foundation for a career in the life and health sciences or paves the way for future graduate studies.

Program highlights

  • The Science First-Year Experience Program → for students from other Canadian provinces. Connect with other first-year science students and engage in interdisciplinary, research-based approaches to the foundational sciences. Learn more

Program structure

A Bachelor of Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Program options

  • Honours in Cell and Molecular Biology (72 credits)
  • Specialization in Cell and Molecular Biology (66 credits)


Courses


Co-op program

The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. Work positions are available in industry, national and provincial research institutes, health organizations and universities located throughout Canada.


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP: 26 (Honours: 30)
  • High School: B- overall, B- in math / sciences
    (Honours: B+ overall, A- in math / sciences)
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C+ overall, C+ in math / sciences
    (Honours: B+ overall, B+ in math / sciences)
  • Bacc. français: 12 overall, 12 in math / science
    (Honours: 14 overall, 15 in math / science)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 overall, 4 math, 4 science
    (Honours: 31 overall, 5 math, 6 science)

Course requirements for admission

  • CEGEP STUDENTS: Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 – Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism and Wave, Optics and Modern Physics – General Chemistry and Chemistry of Solutions – General Biology OR Natural Science DEC OR DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts.
  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: one math and two of either biology, chemistry or physics
  • BACC FRANÇAIS STUDENTS: Science programs require the completion of Série S (Sciences) Bacc. français
  • IB STUDENTS: one math, one science (HL preferred but SL acceptable). SL grade requirement may vary. Science HL or SL acceptable.
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFERS: one math, one science (if courses are completed during previous studies, they may be considered as the basis of admission)


Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).

Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

After your degree

Biology undergraduates have the foundation to pursue graduate studies or medicine. Cell and Molecular Biology alumni have established careers in fields including:

  • Biotechnology
  • Systems Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Medical research

Other programs of interest

Biochemistry (BSc)
  • Major
  • Honours
  • Specialization
  • Co-op
Biochemistry (BSc)

As a biochemist, you will study the chemical processes that occur within the cells of living organisms.

Department

Faculty

Biology (BSc)
  • Major
  • Minor
  • Honours
  • Specialization
  • Co-op
Biology (BSc)

Get inspired by life. Immerse yourself in the study of life at all levels: from the edge of biochemistry through cell biology and the physiology of multicellular organisms to the interactions between organisms and their environment.

Department

Faculty

Ecology (BSc)
  • Honours
  • Specialization
  • Co-op
Ecology (BSc)

As an ecologist, you will explore the connections among different organisms and their interaction with soil, air, water, and radiation from the sun.

Department

Faculty

© Concordia University