Cells, Molecules and Physiology Concentration

What will you study?

There is a great diversity of molecular and cellular systems in life on earth.  The way organisms function and interact with their environment is governed by processes at the level of organs, cells, molecules and genes.   In the Cells, Molecules, and Physiology concentration, you will use the latest techniques to understand such things as:

  • How do simple molecular changes translate into the developmental diversity of life?
  • How do organisms respond to toxicants, diseases, and other stressors?
  • How do cells within an organism communicate with each other?
  • How are cells in different tissues (e.g., muscle, nerves) specialized for different functions?
  • What technologies do scientists use to sequence and study DNA?

Further career and educational opportunities

The Cells, Molecules, and Physiology concentration prepares students for careers in biomedical and pharmaceutical fields, other health sciences, analytical services, agriculture, and for entry to professional programs such as medical school.

Practical knowledge

Learn about the science behind the headlines:

  • How do chemicals in the environment affect organisms and their physiology?
  • What changes occur in the brain during development, or due to disease?
  • What exactly IS genetic engineering?

For more information on the Biological Sciences undergraduate programs, contact Emelia Kirkwood (Undergraduate Advisor) at 778-782-3539 or via e-mail at Emelia_Kirkwood@sfu.ca.