Why choose Biochemistry & Molecular Biology at Dal?


What's the meaning of life?

Well, we'll leave that one up to you. But we can help you understand life at the chemical and molecular levels. Biochemistry and molecular biology encompass the structure and function of large molecules such as proteins and DNA, the ordered chemical and energetic transformations (metabolism) of living systems and the molecular basis of heredity, cellular communications and cell fate.

Along with emerging fields such as genomics, proteomics, and bioinformatics, these disciplines will continue to be at the forefront of discovery in medicine and biotechnology, driving advances in such areas as personalized and molecular medicine and nanotechnology.

We have a long history of expertise in biochemistry and molecular biology, dating back to 1924. Today, Dalhousie offers the only undergraduate (BSc) and graduate (MSc, PhD) degree programs in these disciplines in the Maritime provinces.

Almost all of our 27 faculty members are very active in research, and our department is home to over 50 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Our areas of specialization include evolutionary and genome biology, proteins and enzymes, biochemistry of lipids and membranes, yeast genetics, metabolic basis of disease and cancer research.

Building on a solid foundation of biology and chemistry courses, our BSc students are introduced to biochemistry theory and laboratory skills in second year, with some specialization into areas of biochemistry and molecular biology in years three and four. Many of our 20 to 30 BSc students choose to do an honours project with hands-on laboratory research in fourth year. Other research opportunities exist for summer and co-op students.

Program Details

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Program Options

  • BSc (20 credit) Major/Double Major (4 years)
  • BSc (20-credit) Honours/Combined Honours (4 years)
  • Co-op option available
  • Minor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (3 credits)


Required high school courses:

  • English
  • pre-calculus or calculus
  • 3 additional university preparatory courses

Recommended high school courses:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • physics

First-year university courses:

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • math

Application Deadline and Program Dates

Application deadlines for 2017/18

  • July 1 - for September start
  • November 15 - for January start
  • March 15 - for May start
    *Applications should be submitted as early as possible.

Other important program dates

Class Size

  • Second-year courses range from 100 to 200 students.
  • Third-year courses range from 40 to 90 students.
  • Fourth-year courses range from 10 to 25 students.

Tuition Fees

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Residence & Housing

Whether you're applying to one of our residence halls or you’re looking for help with off-campus apartment search, Dalhousie’s Residence and Housing services can help.

Housing options

  • living in residence
  • dorm-style traditional residences
  • apartment-style, non-traditional
  • off-campus housing

Application Deadline

Contact a departmental advisor during the winter term of first year: fill out the online submission form.

See the full list of application deadlines for all undergraduate programs.