Which Biochemistry program is right for you?

The science of biochemistry seeks to understand how organisms function by investigating chemical reactions and cellular structures at the molecular level. It asks how animals, plants, and bacteria make use of energy to grow, work, and reproduce. Many of the biochemist’s findings are of direct relevance to humanity- to understand disease, improve food production, and find new techniques to produce valuable products like vitamins and antibiotics. The biochemistry programs are one of the best training options for entry into medicine and other health sciences professional programs.

Biochemistry (Major)

  • The Biochemistry Major program requires 20 credits and does not require an honours project/thesis.
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Biochemistry (Honours)

Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Combined Honours)

The science of biotechnology applies the basic principles of biochemistry and biology to the study and manipulation of living organisms in relation to industrial, medical, agricultural, and environmental problems. Some of the topics of current interest include genetic engineering, metabolic modification, applied microbiology and fermentation techniques, biological control, and culture and modification of cells and tissues. For example, in the Ottawa area, some local companies are involved in biofuel production from agricultural waste, development of medical diagnostic screening devices and research into anti-cancer and anti-microbial therapies.

  • The Biochemistry & Biotechnology Honours program requires 20 credits which includes a research project or honours essay:

Computational Biochemistry (Honours)

Biochemistry is an integral aspect of our lives. Computational Biochemistry combines intensive training in computer science with a strong background in biochemistry. It gives students a strong background in core areas of biology and chemistry such as genetics, cell biology, organic chemistry, and analytical chemistry. You will take a variety of lecture and laboratory biochemistry courses, including bioinformatics. Optional courses allow you to focus on areas such as molecular genetics, pharmaceutical drug design, functional genomics, and protein structure and function.

  • The Computation Biochemistry Honours program requires 20 credits which includes one of two research programs: