Molecular, Cell and Developmental Biology
Molecular Biology is the study of molecular processes that occur on a cellular level over the life of an organism, plus how these processes are regulated during development. Cell Biology focuses on understanding the mechanisms by which basic functions such as homeostasis, gene regulation, transport, and growth and division, are achieved at cellular levels. Developmental Biology seeks to provide an explanation for how mature organisms arise from a single cell. This requires an understanding of how the cell’s biological and molecular processes are organized in a temporal fashion, and with precision, in the developing embryo.
Taken together, these fields provide insight into biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, immunology, neurobiology and physiology. They also show how such processes occurred in ancient life forms, and how they have been modified during evolution to give rise to the current diversity of plants and animals.
Major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology
Provides students with comprehensive training in molecular, cell, and developmental biology. Core courses ensure that students will obtain the most current information pertaining to the fundamental nature of cells as well as their molecular and developmental mechanisms.
The Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Major combines these three areas in a unique way. It provides a strong background for many science careers, such as medicine, dentistry, and other health-related professions. It is also a key stepping stone to graduate programs in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, and other related disciplines. This major would be relevant to positions in the biotechnology industries as well as in universities, medical schools, hospitals, government laboratories, research institutes, and public health institutions.
Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology Honours Program
Through coursework and research experience, the Honours program is an intensive program of study. Students trained in this program will have the ability to work independently with a high degree of competency in molecular cellular biology and developmental biology.
The course requirements are the same as the Major in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, except that students must complete 6 credits of BIOL 440. Students may replace 6 credits of Biology electives with BIOL 440.
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