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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 is the application of biochemistry to develop technologies, materials 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

  • View the Biochemistry/Biotechnology experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • 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 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 complete two programs in only five years.
  • You’ll benefit from a research-intensive environment, especially in your fourth year when you can complete a senior thesis research project.
  • Many of our students receive Summer Research Awards from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada.

Sample Courses

  • Bioenergetics and Catabolic Pathways
  • Biochemistry in Diagnostics and Therapy
  • Applied Enzymology
  • Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Design
  • Bioanalytical Chemistry

Requirements

  • Admission range of mid 70s.
  • English, Biology, and Advanced Functions each at 60%.
  • Chemistry at 70%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Biology at 3.
  • HL or SL Chemistry at 4.
  • HL or SL Mathematics at 3.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Biology Minor
  • minors in science, social science or humanities disciplines

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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