Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

Explore how life works at the most basic level, from a biochemical, cellular and molecular perspective. You’ll gain a broad and rigorous foundation in the Life Sciences. A flexible upper division means that you can focus on your own areas of interest for your future career, or build your program to meet your needs for medical, dental, or veterinary school.


The Molecular Biology and Biochemistry program in the Faculty of Science offers a range of options, including a major and minor program, a joint major with Computing Science, and certificate programs. You can start this program at the Surrey campus. 

Degree: Bachelor of Science

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Admission requirements for Molecular Biology and Biochemistry

For students applying directly from BC high school Grade 12, please see the program specific requirements listed for 2020. For other areas and other categories of admission, please see admission requirements.

How to apply

Applying to the major program

Before applying, you might want to review this help video. Then:

  • Go to
  • In section 4, Applying to SFU:
    • select from the drop-down list of faculties: Faculty of Science
    • select from the drop-down list of programs: Molecular Biology&Biochemistry or (available only in Fall) Mol Biol&Biochem - 1st yr Surrey

The minor program

See the description in the Academic Calendar. You can add a minor to any major.

Career possibilities

The world is changing rapidly and you have no way of knowing the full range of career opportunities available to you in the future. Graduates of this program may end up in a range of occupations, including these:

  • Agronomist
  • Animal Scientist
  • Assistant Scientist
  • Bacteriologist
  • Biochemist
  • Bioinformatics Specialist
  • Biomedical Researcher
  • Chemistry Technician
  • Clinical Lab Technician
  • Educator
  • Fish and Wildlife Technician
  • Food Technologist
  • Forensic Biotechnologist
  • Forensic Specialist
  • Genetics
  • Genetics Counsellor
  • Grad School Student (Medical, Dental, Pharmacy, Naturopathy, Veterinary)
  • High School Teacher
  • Medical Lab Technician 
  • Molecular biologist
  • Parasitologist
  • Pathologist
  • Public Health Microbiologist
  • Quality Assurance Technician
  • Quality Control Microbiology Analyst
  • Research Assistant
  • Scientific Journalist
  • Taxonomist
  • Technical Analyst
  • Virologist