Program Learning Outcomes

Learning outcomes for programs in MCB aligned with the BSc outcomes:


Problem Solving & Critical Thinking

  • Dissect a problem into its key features by thinking in an integrated manner and examining problems from different perspectives.
  • Gather, critically assess, and utilize primary scientific literature to research a topic.


  • Present scientific reports with clear, concise language using oral, written and visual modes to science-literate and general audiences.

Professional and Ethical Behaviour

  • Work effectively individually or in a group of disciplinarians or a multidisciplinary setting.
  • Apply the principles of academic integrity and ethics of scientific research.
  • Demonstrate a good work ethic by setting goals and meeting deadlines.
  • Plan for professional growth and personal development within and beyond the undergraduate program.


Scientific Method

  • Gather, critically assess, and utilize primary scientific literature to research a topic.
  • Conduct research with relevant computational and bioinformatics tools.
  • Qualitatively and quantitatively analyze and interpret scientific data based on sound scientific principles and reasoning.
  • Record and analyze the results of experiments.
  • Evaluate the limitations of and troubleshoot experimental approaches.

Breadth & Depth of Understanding in a Particular Scientific Discipline

  • Describe basic biological concepts and principles and underlying chemical, physical and mathematical foundations.
  • Be aware of the environmental, health, economic and ethical implications of scientific discoveries and technical innovations.
  • Integrate the different levels of biological organization, from molecules to cells to organisms.
  • Demonstrate advanced, contemporary and relevant knowledge in Biochemistry, Microbiology, or Molecular Biology and Genetics.

Scientific Technology & Techniques in a Scientific Discipline

  • Design and implement experimental procedures using relevant techniques.
  • Work safely and effectively in the laboratory to generate reproducible and reliable results.

(MCB Undergraduate Curriculum Committee, Winter 2013)