Biochemistry Major

Biochemistry (BIOC)

Admission Requirements

Understanding the Complexities of Life

 Engage in Interdisciplinary Studies

Combine practical laboratory training in biochemistry, molecular biology and microbiology with courses in areas such as immunology, enzymology or physiology.

 Gain Hands-on Experience

Gain real-world experience from Biochemistry co-op work terms and complete an undergraduate research project.

 A Foundation for Career and Further Studies

Graduates are also positioned to be successful in obtaining entrance to several professional programs, as well as employment in industry and government.

Why Biochemistry?

Biochemistry studies the molecules and processes that underpin life by working at the interface between biology and chemistry, explaining biological processes at the molecular level and beyond to understand the world around us.

If you're interested in studying Biochemistry, you may also be interested in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Biomedical Toxicology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, or other majors.

BIOC Course Calendar

Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Biochemistry co-op is a four and half year program, which includes four work terms. The co-op program is designed to prepare students for the workforce and provides a toolkit of skills and experience for the future.

BIOC Co-op Calendar

Manitabhai Govind
As the bridge between biology and chemistry, the Biochemistry program here at the U of G really sets itself apart from others in terms of its holistic approach towards education. The opportunities to shine in this program are numerous and include both traditional learning in the classroom setting and labs but also experiential learning, such as co-op and various internship opportunities. I decided to pursue Biochemistry as both my bachelor’s and master’s degrees because of its unique position to provide insight on biological problems at the molecular level. 

Manitabhai Govind

Matiyo Ojehomon
I chose biochemistry because my main goal is to be a medical doctor and I wanted to have a broader view than just studying biology. Biochemistry gives you many options. Biochemistry has offered me opportunities to gain lab skills, research skills and writing also.

Matiyo Ojehomon
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What Can You Do with a Degree in Biochemistry?

Enjoy challenging careers in medicine and pharmacy, academic research, governmental regulatory work, veterinary sciences, optometry, physiotherapy, non-and-for-profit organizations, or in related business fields. Our biochemistry program provides you with a degree that is truly interdisciplinary, ensuring that upon graduation you have acquired an expertise and proficiency in great demand by employers.

Here are a few careers our graduates have successfully pursued:

  • Research biochemist
  • Forensic scientist
  • Sales and marketing
  • Scientific writing and publishing
  • Laboratory technician
  • Analytical chemist
  • Ecologist
  • Pharmacologist
  • Nanotechnologist
  • Data scientist


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