Faculty of Science - Genetics
Faculty of Science

Program description

Genetics is the science of heredity, which deals with the mechanisms of inheritance. The Genetics program is interdisciplinary, comprising courses from Biological Sciences, Microbiology, Chemistry, Arts, Medicine and Agricultural and Food Science. The study of Genetics is divided into three broad areas: Classical genetics, population genetics, and molecular genetics. Students will study advances in medicine, agricultural techniques, heritable IQ, genetically modified organisms, genetic counselling and gene therapy. The Honours and cooperative work-study (co-op) programs provide experience in government, private sector and research laboratories.

Program options

Degree options

B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Genetics – 4 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Genetics (Co-op) – 5 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Genetics – 4 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Genetics (Co-op) – 5 years

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Genes and Development
  • Applied Molecular Biology
  • Plagues and People

Research opportunities
Research opportunities in various departments during the summer or as part of Honours program

Co-op options
Cooperative-work study options for Major and Honours programs

 Professional opportunities

  • Medical research in gene therapy
  • Genetic counselling
  • Cancer research
  • Public health,
  • Agriculture
  • Basic research
  • Graduate studies

Admission Requirements

Visit the Science Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.

What is unique about this program at the U of M?



This program offers an integrative approach combining many areas of life sciences including, biology, microbiology, chemistry, agriculture and medicine. It gives students the opportunity to work with excellent faculty members, all who have externally-funded research programs, including many in Science with national research chairs. Students will also experience hands-on research as well as gain strong links to other programs in Science and Medicine. This program is a good preparation for graduate programs with excellent undergraduate laboratories.

Important links

Faculty of Science
Programs in Science 
Biological Sciences
Graduate Programs