Courses for your Biochemistry degree

First-year courses

Programs/majors in the Faculty of Science start right in first year. To select your program with confidence, here’s some handy info to get you started.

September to December

January to April

  • BIOL 239 – Genetics
  • CHEM 125/125L – Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Laboratory
  • CHEM 140 – Introduction to Scientific Calculations
  • MATH 128 – Calculus 2 for the Sciences
  • PHYS 112 – Physics 2 or PHYS 122 – Waves, Electricity and Magnetism

This a sample schedule. Courses or when a course is offered may change depending on availability.

After first year

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Chemistry courses with some additional Biology. With your remaining classes, you can choose electives from many of the 100 subject areas at Waterloo.

View a list of all the courses required for your degree.

Sample upper-year courses

CHEM 430 – Special Topics in Biochemistry
CHEM 433 – Advanced Biochemistry
BIOL 341 – Fundamentals of Immunology
BIOL 365 – Methods in Bioinformatics


Types of courses you'll take

35% chemistry, 7% math, 25% program electives, 10% free electives, 8% other, 15% biology

The ratio of courses may change slightly from year to year.

Skills you'll develop with this major

  • Technical laboratory skills, including designing experiments and manipulating DNA
  • Critical thinking
  • Data analysis
  • Teamwork
  • Time management

This isn't an exhaustive list – rather a glimpse into the skills this major can help you achieve.

Your experience will be unique, and the skills you develop will depend on your goals, which courses you take, and your involvement with any clubs, jobs, or research projects.


Advisors are here to help

With so much flexibility, you might have a lot of questions. We're here to help! If you're applying for admission, contact our Faculty of Science recruitment co-ordinator.

Once you're a Waterloo student, you'll have access to academic advisors who can help you

  • choose your courses,
  • select minors and specializations,
  • ensure that you're meeting the requirements for your degree, and more.

Learn more

Overview of Waterloo's Biochemistry degree program.