Discover the building blocks of life. Like Lego, only better.
Create chemicals. Analyze genes. Explore the fundamentals of metabolism. You’ll start with a broad science foundation in first year, including biology, physics, calculus, and (of course) chemistry.
If you choose to add the Biotechnology specialization, you'll examine the biological and biochemical processes used to make new disease-fighting drugs and other valuable products. And if you choose the co-op stream, you'll get the opportunity to get paid work experience while you pursue your degree.
You’ll graduate with the knowledge and skills to work in a wide range of areas, from forensics to pharmaceuticals to food and agriculture.
Grab your lab coat
Thanks to our extensive range of lab courses, you’ll have plenty of opportunity to learn hands-on skills like chromatography, electrophoresis, nuclear magnetic resonance, and more.
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Interested in teaching? Get experience as an undergraduate teaching assistant. Aiming for a career in research? Be a research assistant with one of our world-renowned professors.
Waterloo is ranked internationally for both biology and chemistry
Earn a Bachelor of Science degree
Biochemistry degree requirements
Ontario students: six Grade 12 U and/or M courses including
- English (ENG4U) (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Advanced Functions (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Calculus and Vectors (minimum final grade of 70% is required)
- Two of Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, Mathematics of Data Management, or Physics (Biology, Chemistry, and/or Physics are recommended)
Admission averages: Low 80s
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How to apply
Apply to Life Sciences and select Biochemistry as your major in first year.
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September to December
- BIOL 130/130L - Introductory Cell Biology/Laboratory
- CHEM 120/120L - Physical and Chemical Properties of Matter/Laboratory
- MATH 127 - Calculus 1 for the Sciences
- CHEM 101 - Introduction to Biochemical Sciences
- ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences
- Choose one from:
January to April
After first year
View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year courses
Offered through the Faculty of Science
Apply to Life Sciences, select Biochemistry as your major
Available as a major and minor
Co-op = relevant paid work experience
By alternating school terms and paid co-op work terms throughout your degree, you can explore new career areas and types of employers as your career interests evolve.
Sample co-op job titles
- Chemical laboratory technician
- Aquatic toxicity testing technologist
- Research and development formulation technician
- Brewing analytical technician
- Food technologist
- Undergraduate assurance technician
Sample co-op employers
- Harvard Medical School
- Health Canada
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
- Maple Leaf Foods
- Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada
- Zhejiang University
Customize your Bachelor of Science degree
You can include one or more of the minors available to all Waterloo students. Popular areas of focus include Economics, Mathematics, Psychology, and Biotechnology.
What can you do with a degree in Biochemistry?
Graduates commonly pursue careers with pharmaceutical companies, labs, agricultural companies, toxicology and in education, research, biotechnology, and more.
- Research Technician - The Hospital for Sick Children
- Public Health Promoter - Huron County Health Unit
- Quality Assurance Project Leader - Septodont, Novocol Pharmaceutical Division
- Regulatory Agency Officer - Health Canada
- Researcher Cancer Centre - Princess Margaret Hospital
- Quality Compliance Specialist - McNeil Consumer Healthcare
- Regulatory Affairs Specialist - Nutralab Canada
- Project Analyst - University Health Network
- Synthesis Technician - Sigma-Aldrich Canada
For more information on potential careers, check out our page on the future of careers in science.