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Biochemistry Major


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.

Students in the Biochemistry (BIOC) major at the University of Guelph might also be interested in studying Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, Chemical Physics, Biomedical Toxicology, Microbiology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, or other majors.

What You Will Learn

Semester 1
  • Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • General Chemistry I
  • Elements of Calculus I
  • Physics for Life Sciences
Semester 2
  • Discovering Biodiversity
  • Biological Concepts of Health
  • General Chemistry II
  • Elements of Calculus II
  • Physics for Life Sciences II

Semester 3
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
  • Introduction to Microbiology
  • Statistics I
Semester 4
  • Structure and Function in Biochemistry
  • Analytical Chemistry I
  • Organic Chemistry I
  • Molecular Biology of the Cell
  • Methods in Microbial Culture and Physiology

Semester 5
  • Analytical Biochemistry
  • Physical Chemistry
  • Organic Chemistry II
Semester 6
  • Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology

Semester 7
  • electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
  • Enzymology

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Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

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

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