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.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

3 optional course units in English (ENG) at the 1000 or 2000 level3 Units
BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
MAT 1330Calculus for the Life Sciences I3 Units
MAT 1332Calculus for the Life Sciences II3 Units
PHY 1321Principles of Physics I3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Principles of Physics II
Physics in Biology
BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
BIO 2133Genetics3 Units
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2132Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences3 Units
MAT 2379Introduction to Biostatistics3 Units
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
BIO 3126General Microbiology Laboratory3 Units
BIO 3153Cell Biology3 Units
BCH 4932Biochemistry Seminar3 Units
MIC 4124Pathogenic Bacteriology3 Units
MIC 4125Immunology3 Units
MIC 4126Virology3 Units
One option from the following:9 Units
Option 1: Honours Project
Honours Research - Biochemistry 2
Option 2: Honours Project Substitution
3 course units from:
Bioinformatics Laboratory
Advanced Techniques in Biosciences
and 6 optional course units at the 3000 and 4000 level in science
3 course units from:3 Units
Human Genome Structure and Function
Structural Biology of Proteins 3
Pathological Biochemistry
Carbohydrates and Glycobiology
Cellular Regulation and Control
Topics in Biotechnology
Nucleic Acids - Structure and Functions 3
Selected Topics in Biochemistry
Advanced Chemical Biology
Enzyme Chemistry and Biocatalysis
9 elective course units from the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Social Sciences or the Telfer School of Management9 Units
18 elective course units18 Units
Total: 120 Units


This message is intended for students registered in the Faculty of Science. If the components of your program of study require common compulsory courses, you will have to replace the units as follows:

  1. 1000-level courses must be replaced with elective course units;
  2. 2000-level courses and above must be replaced with courses from either discipline at the same level or above.

Please note that all programs in the Faculty of Science require a minimum of 12 elective course units from the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Telfer School of Management. Once you have decided on the replacement courses, please inform the Office of Undergraduate Programs of the Faculty of Science by email at so we that may amend your Academic Advisement accordingly.