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Biochemistry

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.

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.

Build an awesome résumé

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. 

 

Student in lab


About the Biochemistry program

Breifcase Available as a co-op and regular program

ClickApply to Life Sciences, select Biochemistry as your major

CapEarn a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biochemistry

20+Upper-year lab courses available to Biochemistry students

BeakerOffered through the Faculty of Science

TrophyWaterloo is ranked internationally for both biology and chemistry
 

Biochemistry admission requirements


Careers in biochemistry

Biochemistry graduates commonly pursue careers with pharmaceutical companies, labs, agricultural companies, toxicology and in education, research, biotechnology, and more.

Recent graduates

  • 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 

First-year Biochemistry courses

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
SCCOM 100 Communication in the Sciences
Choose one from:
 • PHYS 111/111L - Physics 1/Laboratory
 • PHYS 121/121L - Mechanics/Laboratory

January to April

BIOL 239 - Genetics
CHEM 123/123L - Chemical Reactions, Equilibria and Kinetics/Laboratory
MATH 128 - Calculus 2 for the Sciences
CHEM 140 - Introduction to Scientific Calculations
Choose one from:
 • PHYS 112/112L - Physics 2/Laboratory
 • PHYS 122/122L - Waves, Electricity and Magnetism/Laboratory

 

After first year

Most of the classes you’ll take will be Biology and Chemistry courses. 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 Biochemistry courses

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


Customize your Bachelor of Science in Honours Biochemistry degree

You can also add additional areas of interest and expertise by including a minor/minors or a Biotechnology specialization as part of your degree.


Gain relevant work experience through co-op

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
  • Research and Development Formulation Technician
  • Research Assistant
  • Food Technologist

Sample co-op employers

  • Harvard Medical School
  • Health Canada
  • Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Maple Leaf Foods
 

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