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.
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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.
About the Biochemistry program
Apply to Life Sciences, select Biochemistry as your major
Earn a Bachelor of Science in Honours Biochemistry
Offered through the Faculty of Science
Biochemistry admission requirements
- To study Biochemistry at Waterloo, you first apply to Life Sciences and select Biochemistry as your major in first year.
- View the admission requirements for Life Sciences.
Careers in biochemistry
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
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
ENGL 193/SPCOM 193 - Communication in the Sciences
Choose one from:
• PHYS 111 - Physics 1
• PHYS 121 - Mechanics
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 - Physics 2
• PHYS 122 - Waves, Electricity and Magnetism
After first year
View a list of all the courses required for your degree.
Sample upper-year Biochemistry courses
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
Learn more about Biochemistry
- Email Jenn Czekus, our Science recruitment co-ordinator, who can answer any questions about Biochemistry
- Visit the Biochemistry website
- How do I choose between Health Sciences and Life Sciences?
- Related programs: Biology, Chemistry