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School:Western University
Faculty:Biology, Faculty of Science
Degree:Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study:Genetics, General
Description:The most important alphabet on Earth is its smallest — the four letter code of DNA. How hereditary information is conveyed using such a small code began to be understood by studying organisms in which something was wrong (mutants). Today this traditional approach is complemented by molecular genetics, which takes advantage of a wealth of DNA sequence information as well as technologies that allows one to easily disrupt and replace specific genes. As a student, you can take a range of courses focused on gene structure, function and regulation that are taught using a range of animal, plant and microbial systems. Courses in genetic engineering, developmental genetics, behavioral genetics, and evolutionary genetics convey the importance of the smallest alphabet has an all aspects of life.

You can complete this program as part of a Bachelor or Honours Bachelor degree. Registration in the honours degree usually begins in the second year, but admission may be gained in the third or fourth year if you meet requirements.
URL:Genetics at Western University
Length:4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $39,105

Admission Requirements

Prerequisites:*These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.
  •  Grade12 English (ENG4U) 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 
Two of: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Math of Data Management (MDM4U), Physics (SPH4U), Earth and Space Sciences (SES4U), Computer and Information Science (ICS4U).

You'll need Biology SBI4U and Chemistry SCH4U for first-year Biology and Chemistry courses. First-year Biology and Chemistry courses are required for all modules offered by the Department of Biology and for some modules offered by the Department of Chemistry and other Science departments.

All course prerequisites are for an Ontario curriculum. For curricula in other parts of Canada or international countries, head to our Admissions Requirements website.
Application Notes : English Language Proficiency Requirements, if English isn't your first language.

* We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

Modified on September 29, 2022

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