Biochemistry is the chemistry of life. It provides the foundation for understanding all biological processes as well as the molecular basis and treatment of human disease. 

The biochemistry bachelor's provides you with the education you need to play a leading role in new and exciting areas of medical research. You will be exposed to cutting-edge research and knowledge. Our program prepares you for graduate studies and for an academic or research career in the medical sciences. What's more, biochemistry provides an excellent foundation for further studies in medicine and other areas of health care. 

You can choose an Honours BSc in Biochemistry, a major or a minor. 

If you want to pursue a career in experimental biochemistry, choose the Honours program. If you prefer a basic biochemistry education, choose a major. And if you want to focus on another discipline but are interested in biochemistry, choose a minor. 

If you have a particular interest in microorganisms and the role that the immune system plays in health and disease, you can also choose an Honours BSc in biochemistry with an option in microbiology and immunology. We also offer an integrated biotechnology program that lets you combine studies in biochemistry and chemical engineering and receive both a BSc in biochemistry and a BASc in chemical engineering in five years. 

As for the language of instruction, compulsory courses and many optional course units are available in either English or French. 

If you choose the Honours in Biochemistry, you have the opportunity to complete a full-year research project under the supervision of a professor from the departments of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, Biology, Physics, or Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, or under the supervision of an affiliated principle investigator from one of the many research institutes in the National Capital Region. Given the breadth of research expertise within our program, you can conduct research in many areas of modern biomedicine, including biochemistry, microbiology, immunology, chemical biology, molecular biology, cell biology, proteomics, genomics, systems biology and bioinformatics. 

This program is offered in English and in French.

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The extended French stream is available with this program.

This program is currently under revision. At this time, we are not accepting applications.

Compulsory First-Year Courses:
BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHG 1125Chemical Engineering Fundamentals 13 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
MAT 1320Calculus I3 Units
MAT 1322Calculus II3 Units
MAT 1341Introduction to Linear Algebra3 Units
PHY 1121Fundamentals of Physics I3 Units
PHY 1122Fundamentals of Physics II3 Units
Compulsory Second-Year Courses:
BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
BIO 2133Genetics3 Units
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2330Physical Chemistry: Introduction to the Molecular Properties of Matter3 Units
CHM 2354Analytical Chemistry3 Units
ECO 1192Engineering Economics3 Units
ENG 1112Technical Report Writing3 Units
GNG 1106Fundamentals of Engineering Computation 23 Units
MAT 2377Probability and Statistics for Engineers3 Units
MAT 2384Ordinary Differential Equations and Numerical Methods3 Units
PHI 2396Bioethics3 Units
Compulsory Third-Year Courses:
BCH 3120General Intermediary Metabolism3 Units
BCH 3125Protein Structure and Function3 Units
BCH 3170Molecular Biology3 Units
BCH 3346Biochemistry Laboratory II3 Units
BCH 3356Molecular Biology Laboratory3 Units
BIO 3124General Microbiology3 Units
CHG 2312Fluid Flow3 Units
CHG 2314Heat Transfer Operations3 Units
CHG 2317Introduction to Chemical Process Analysis and Design3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Technology, Society and Environment Since 1800
Scientific Thought and Social Values
MAT 2322Calculus III for Engineers3 Units
3 course units of complementary studies electives 33 Units
Compulsory Fourth-Year Courses:
BCH 4172Topics in Biotechnology3 Units
BCH 4932Biochemistry Seminar 43 Units
One option from the following:9 Units
Option 1: Honours Project
Honours Research - Biochemistry 5
Option 2: Honours Project Substitution
9 course units among the 3000 or 4000 level courses in biochemistry (BCH), biology (BIO), biopharmaceutical sciences (BPS), cellular and molecular medicine (CMM), chemistry (CHM), pharmacology (PHA), physiology (PHS), microbiology and immunology (MIC)
3 course units from:3 Units
Genomics
Human Genome Structure and Function
6 course units from: 6 Units
Structural Biology of Proteins
Cellular Regulation and Control
Nucleic Acids - Structure and Functions 6
Selected Topics in Biochemistry 6
CHG 3111Unit Operations3 Units
CHG 3112Process Synthesis, Design and Economics3 Units
CHG 3122Chemical Engineering Practice3 Units
CHG 3127Chemical Reaction Engineering3 Units
CHG 3316Transport Phenomena3 Units
CHG 3324Fundamentals and Applications of Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics3 Units
CHG 3326Principles of Phase Equilibria and Chemical Reaction Equilibria3 Units
CHG 3331Application of Mathematical Methods to Chemical Engineering3 Units
CHG 3337Data Collection and Interpretation3 Units
Compulsory Fifth-Year Courses:
CHG 3335Process Control3 Units
CHG 4116Chemical Engineering Laboratory3 Units
CHG 4244Plant Design Project6 Units
6 course units from:6 Units
Thesis and seminars
or 6 course units of technical electives 7
CHG 4305Advanced Materials in Chemical Engineering3 Units
CHG 4307Clean Processes and Sustainable Development3 Units
CHG 4343Computer-Aided Design in Chemical Engineering3 Units
CHG 4381Biochemical Engineering3 Units
GNG 4170Engineering Law3 Units
3 course units of technical electives 73 Units
Total: 189 Units

Note(s)

1

CHG 1125 must be taken in first or second year; first year is recommended.

2

It is recommended that GNG 1106 be taken in first or second year.

3

For a complete list of complementary studies electives, consult the Faculty of Engineering's website.

4

This course runs from September to April.

5

The research project is highly recommended for students who intend to pursue a career in research, but a CGPA of 7.0 is required to be eligible for the project. This course runs from September to April.

6

This course may not be available every year.

7

Consult the list of technical electives for the Biomedical Engineering option in the regular Chemical Engineering program.