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Biochemistry/Biotechnology (BSc)


 Waterloo

Biochemistry is a fundamental multidisciplinary science that explores the molecular aspects of life, and is the basis for many other disciplines in life sciences, including cell and molecular biology, microbiology, genetics, and molecular medicine. Biotechnology uses biochemistry to develop technologies and products that help improve, replenish and sustain the health of our planet.

You’ll take several science courses in mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology and biochemistry, along with courses in applied biochemistry, and gain the practical skills and the academic knowledge you’ll need to succeed in a career in research, service, industry or academia.

In our program, we emphasize the health and pharmaceutical sciences, which constitute more than 50% of the total activity in biochemical research and biotechnology in Canada.

The Canadian Society for Chemistry has accredited the thesis option of this program.

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Program Highlights

  • In our program you’ll benefit from a research-intensive environment, especially in your fourth year when you can complete a senior thesis research project. This experience will provide you with hands-on experience using the state-of-the-art equipment in a new and challenging area of biochemical research.
  • You can combine this program with Conestoga College’s Biotechnology Technician Diploma and get 2 degrees in 5 years.
  • Many of our students receive Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

Sample Courses

  • Bioenergetics and Metabolic Pathways
  • Biochemistry in Diagnostics and Therapy
  • Applied Enzymology
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Principle of Drug Design

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid-70s.
  • English, Biology, and Advanced Functions at 60%.
  • Chemistry at 75%.
  • A combined minimum average of 75% is required in the prerequisite 4U Mathematics and 4U Science courses.
  • More admission requirements are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English.
  • HL or SL Biology.
  • HL or SL Chemistry.
  • HL or SL Mathematics.
  • IB Minimum Score: 28.

Careers

Our program will provide you with the skills needed to meet the demanding requirements of biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, the academic community, and biochemical and health science research institutes. Our program also provides a strong educational background for those interested in continuing their studies at the graduate level in chemistry, biochemistry, medicine, pharmacy or other health science-related programs.

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