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Biochemistry

The study of how chemical substances, whether organic or inorganic, change or maintain living systems and their components.

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Study the chemical processes in living organisms and utilize your foundation in chemistry, to better understand biological systems. Biochemistry has been studied since Antiquity, and has gained a solid foundation as a stand-alone branch of science in the past two centuries, once instrumentation became sophisticated enough to observe and discover molecules (such as enzymes) and processes (such as the Krebs Cycle).

Much of the scientific focus of Biochemistry deals with metabolism, and how organisms utilize chemical compounds to remain healthy or improve their condition. This multi-disciplinary program provides students with hands-on opportunities to understand the chemistry of life, with access to state-of-the-art labs and equipment. With supportive faculty, as well as an engaging and dynamic program, students who are keen to learn will excel and thrive.

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Find out more about life as a Waterloo Biochemistry student. Come in for a tour or to one of our open houses and you might even meet them in person!

Amanda

                 Amanda

Brooke

                  Brooke

Janet

                      Janet

 
 

Julia

                    Julia

Raeana

                    Raeana


This major is available in the co-op and regular stream of study


Specializations

Biotechnology

Learn how biochemistry can be integrated into industrial processes through the use of enzymes, microorganisms, and biological processes. One of the most famous examples of biotechnology is the discovery and use of penicillin in the first half of the twentieth century.

Bioinformatics Option

Combine your interests in both life sciences and information technology. Bioinformatics develops and uses computer programs to analyze biological and biochemical data — playing a major role in biological research including genome analysis,drug design, and medical diagnostic procedures.


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