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The MBB Department offers three Joint Major Programs that provide outstanding training environments combining Molecular Biology and Biochemistry with one of the following: Business, Computer Science or Chemistry.

MBB-Business Joint Major

The MBB-Business Joint Major program (JMA MBB-BUS) is the only program of its kind in Canada providing a broad education in the many fields encompassing Life Science and Business. It offers practical experience in the real world through co‑op in which 1-2 semesters are spent in a laboratory setting and 1-2 in a business setting. The goal of this program is to prepare students with the tools for advanced training in Business, Law, Life Sciences, Medicine, and/or Allied Health Sciences, or for a range of entrance-level jobs after obtaining the B.Sc. in the Joint Major.

MBB-Business Joint Honors

Students must meet the criteria specified by each program (i.e., MBB and Faculty of BUS Admin) for entering an honors, and must seek MBB permission. In addition to the major requirements, MBB/BUS joint honors complete both of: 6 units of 400 level BUS or BUEC courses beyond those required for the joint major, and a minimum of 6 units or research-related MBB courses, which can be fulfilled with MBB 496-6.

MBB-Computer Science Joint Major

The Joint Major program in Computing Science and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry (JMA CS-MBB), the first of its kind in Canada, was used as the basis for a White Paper in Bioinformatics Undergraduate training for Canada. The program provides outstanding training for a bioinformatics career while allowing students to keep options open to many other career paths in the computational and Life Sciences. The JMA CS-MBB is geared towards exceptional students who want a high-caliber, intensive, broad-based education that forms a solid platform for further advanced training and/or a cutting edge, flexible, career. Skills developed in this program are forecast to be in high demand in the workforce over the next decade.

MBB-Computer Science Joint Honors

To enter, students must meet the honors program admission requirements as specified by both departments, including seeking permission from the School of Computing Science. In addition to the major program requirements, students also complete six 400 level computing science units beyond those required for the joint major, and six research-related MBB units, which can be fulfilled by completing MBB 496-6.

Chemistry-MBB Joint Major

The Joint Major program in Chemistry, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry is a unique program in BC that offers students comprehensive interdisciplinary training at the intersection of the physical and life sciences. Incorporating the principles of the physical sciences to understand the operation of living systems is one of the next frontiers in Science, particularly with applications to society. Students who earn this degree are expected to be competitive in the areas of biotechnology, pharmaceutical science and other aspects of medicinal chemistry, and environmental technology as well as be prepared for advanced degrees in these disciplines. Participation in the co‑opprogram is encouraged.

  • Program Requirements
  • Chemistry-MBB Joint Honors

    To enter, students must meet the honors program admission requirements as specified by both departments. Permission to enroll in honors must be obtained from the Department of Chemistry. In addition to the major program requirements, students also complete a minimum of ten units of undergraduate research (fulfilled by CHEM 481-5 and MBB 491-5) and a minimum of three additional upper-division CHEM and three additional upper division MBB courses.