Carleton University has provided me with a unique and very productive post-secondary experience. My professors have imparted an exceptional foundation of knowledge in my field, and continually encourage the creativity and innovative thought required to be successful as a biochemist. Labs at Carleton are uniquely intensive, demanding a high level of applied theory in real world lab settings. This combination lays the framework for a science program that has given me a strong background in the emerging fields that interest me, while providing the tangible lab experience necessary for success in the industry.
Edward Chouchani, Honours Biochemistry/Biotechnology Graduate
Hands-on lab experience
Our Biochemistry programs provide you with hands-on work experience in well-equipped laboratories. If you are an Honours Biochemistry student, you will have the additional opportunity to develop a research project in an area of special interest, working alongside a faculty adviser. Not only will you graduate with exceptional hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date methodology, but you will also have a defined area of expertise.
First Year Seminar
The first-year Seminar in Science (NSCI 1000) course introduces you to issues of contemporary science. You will attend six special lectures given by prominent Canadian researchers, as well as small group seminars led by a committed professor who acts as both your mentor and teacher. Through assignments, presentations, and discussions, you will develop analytical and communication skills needed for success in the world of science.
Excellent research facilities
The Institute of Biochemistry is housed in two buildings at Carleton University: the Nesbitt Biology Building and the Steacie Chemistry Building. The teaching that we do in laboratories and the research that students share in are abundantly supported by the latest in biological instrumentation and state-of-the-art computer facilities. Included in the pool of instruments and techniques available to students are excellent light and electron microscopes, digital imaging hardware and software, PCR and other molecular biological techniques, and research-grade spectrophotometers. Many of these instruments and techniques are used by students in our introductory courses.
New Teaching Equipment: A Bruker Omniflex Mass Spectrometer and Cary Eclipse Fluorescence Spectrometer.
The Capital Advantage
The Ottawa area is one with considerable environmental and biotechnology companies which are available to Carleton students for collaborative research or for co-op opportunities. Several government departments are involved with the research that leads to environmental legislation and regulations, and over 100 companies are conducting research in medical, agricultural, and environmental biotechnology. Associations with these organizations, as well as with the National Capital Commission, national museums, and the National Research Council Canada, can provide you with unparalleled research and study opportunities.
Come to Carleton for the great study environment and the great outdoors!