Cell and Molecular Biology

Cell and molecular biology focuses on the study of life and of living organisms, with an emphasis on understanding the structures and functions of cells at the molecular level. Cell and molecular biologists use various techniques to isolate, characterize and manipulate macromolecules (e.g. DNA, RNA and proteins) and to characterize cellular mechanisms (e.g. DNA replication, protein synthesis, gene expression).


Cell and Molecular Biology at Memorial

Undergraduates in our Cell and Molecular Biology program have opportunities to become involved in laboratory research, such as through the Memorial Undergraduate Career Experience Program (MUCEP) and the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (URSA) program. Undergraduates can carry out research on topics such as (but not limited to) antibiotic discovery and resistance, animal hormone regulatory pathways, microbial pathogens of significance to plant and animal health, and animal population genomics.

The Department of Biology offers a co-operative education option available to cell and molecular biology majors. Admission to the co-op option is competitive for a limited number of places.


Sample Courses

BIOL 3052 - Food Microbiology
BIOL 3950 - Research Methods in Genetic Biotechnology
BIOL 4250 - Evolutionary Genetics

Career Opportunities

  • Research scientist
  • School/University educator
  • Bio or Medical Technologist
  • Medical doctor
  • Dentist
  • Veterinarian
  • Genetic councillor

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.


Program Information

Faculty of Science




Bachelor of Science


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:



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Tel: (709) 864-8000