Why study Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dal?

Discover what you're made of

With a degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, you’ll study the building blocks of life. Learn from professors who are conducting exciting research in evolutionary and genome biology and the metabolic basis of disease and cancer. At Dalhousie, you’ll set yourself up for a career in an emerging field at the forefront of discovery in medicine and biotechnology.

If you thrive in a smaller campus environment, consider doing the first year in the Truro Start Program. This program gives you the opportunity to join a small cohort with dedicated resources and support to build a strong foundation in your chosen field before transitioning into your second and final years in Halifax.

Degree overview

Undergraduate Degree: Bachelor of Science, BSc
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Campus: Carleton Campus, Halifax, Agricultural Campus, Truro
Program Length: 4 years
Program Start: September & January

What will I learn?

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are the molecular basis of life. You’ll get a deeper understanding of the biological function of large molecules such as proteins and DNA and interpret complex processes that define all living organisms.

You'll begin with foundation courses in biology and chemistry. Then, after an introduction to biochemistry theory and laboratory skills, you'll begin specialization in areas of biochemistry and molecular biology.  In fourth year, you'll have the opportunity to complete an honours project, gaining experience in hands-on laboratory research. Students will also have the opportunity to complete work terms through the co-op education program.

Sample courses:

  • Intermediary Metabolism
  • Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Medical Biotechnology

Visit the Academic Calendar to view degree options and course details.

Careers and future study

Dalhousie offers the only undergraduate (B.Sc.) and graduate (M.Sc. and Ph.D.) degree programs in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the Maritime provinces.

Graduates can be found working in government, private sector, academic and health-care environments. Your degree qualifies you for many jobs straight out of school at the technical or research assistant level, and could lead to exciting career opportunities such as:

  • forensic or molecular scientist
  • drug designer
  • laboratory technician
  • food technologist
  • geneticist

Future studies may include programs at the graduate level such as a Master of Science (MSc) or PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. A BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is also one of the best undergraduate foundations for professional programs such as medicine.

Admission requirements

Undergraduate admission requirements vary based on your previous education and your intended program of study at Dalhousie. Learn about our admissions requirements, book a campus tour, or connect with an advisor if you have questions about your eligibility for admission.

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