The specialist program is designed to be a research-intensive program that gives students the necessary training to pursue graduate education in a field that uses modern techniques in molecular biology (genomics, cancer research, microbiology, stem cells). For this reason, we emphasize laboratory courses and courses, particularly in the fourth year, that cover current topics of research in great detail. Many of the students who choose a specialist degree go on to graduate school, although many others earn professional degrees in medicine, nursing, pharmacy, dentistry, etc. Students in our specialist program have additional access to research opportunities and get invited to our annual retreat, where they interact directly with professors, post-docs and graduate students.
The major program gives students a basic and fundamental understanding of molecular genetics and/or microbiology. There is less emphasis placed on laboratory work but increased flexibility to combine classes with other majors. Several of our MGY major students have chosen second majors in Biochemistry, Immunology, Cell and Systems Biology (Genome Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology), various Human Biology programs (Health and Disease, Global Health, Neuroscience, and Genes Genetics and Biotechnology).