Biochemistry (BSc)

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Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Department
Faculty
Program type
Major, Honours, Specialization
Primary campus
Loyola (LOY)
Duration
3 to 4 years
Start term
Fall, Winter
Experiential learning
Co-op

Why study Biochemistry?

Biochemistry may not give you the answers to the meaning of life, but it can tell you how life works. As a biochemist, you will study the chemical processes that occur within the cells of living organisms. You could use your knowledge of cellular processes and molecular inheritance to combat disease, engineer pest-resistant crops, or develop microorganisms to clean up oil spills.

Our state-of-the-art labs and equipment include the Biomolecular Function, Interactions and Structure facility (BIOFINS) which houses a collection of instruments that is unique in Eastern Canada. Small class sizes foster strong student–professor relationships, and our teaching labs introduce you to the techniques used in the field. You will also:

  • Study the role of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids in cellular processes
  • Examine biochemical responses to toxic compounds in the environment
  • Receive extensive training in research methodology
  • Perform original research as an undergraduate (honours and specialization students only)

Concordia’s honours and specialization in Biochemistry programs are accredited by the Ordre des chimistes du Québec.

Program highlights

  • Access to state-of-the-art labs and equipment including the Biomolecular Function, Interactions and Structure facility (BIOFINS)
  • Small class sizes
  • Honours and specialization options are accredited by the Ordre des chimistes du Québec

Program structure

A Bachelor of Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90–120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


Program options

*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the major or specialization.



Courses

Each of our programs comprises a core component taken by all students. Specialization and honours students take additional courses at the intermediate and advanced levels.


Co-op program

The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a Co-op student, you will work for firms where you may:

  • Analyze anti-viral compounds
  • Clone and express genes
  • Perform cell culture, receptor and enzyme assays
  • Detect biomolecular interactions

Note: The Co-op program is only available for the Specialization and Honours.



United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.

Admission criteria

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements

  • Quebec CEGEP:
    Specialization: 23
    Major: 23
    • Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 – Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism and Wave, Optics and Modern Physics – General Chemistry and Chemistry of Solutions – General Biology OR Natural Science DEC OR DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts.
    • Additional information for CEGEP applicants
  • High School:
    Specialization: B overall, B in math / sciences
    Major: C+ overall, C+ in math / sciences
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma:
    Specialization: 29 overall, 4 HL or 5 SL math, 5 HL science
    Major: 26 overall, 4 math, 4 science
    • one math (Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches HL or Analysis and Approaches SL)
    • one science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology, either SL or HL)
    • one of the science or math courses must be competed at the HL level
  • Baccalauréat français:
    Specialization: 13 overall, 13 in math / science
    Major: 11 overall, 11 in math / science
    • Première: Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
      Terminale: Spécialité mathématiques
        (also accepted, Spécialité Physique-Chimie AND Mathématiques Complémentaires)
  • British system of education (GCE):
    • A-levels:
      Specialization: At least two A-level exams CC, C in math, D in science
      Major: At least two A-level exams CD, C in math, D in science
      or
    • AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
    • BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
    • Students without math or science A-levels may be admissible based on AS-level or iGCSE/GCSE/O-Level exam results. Students should include all their exam results from iGCSE (or equivalent) onwards to support their application.
    • Additional information for British System of Education (GCE) applicants
  • University Transfers (internal/external):
    Specialization: B overall, B in math / sciences
    Major: C overall, C in math / sciences
    • Completed courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.

Application deadlines

We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.


Fall term

FALL TERM

March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.

Winter term

WINTER

November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.

Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.


We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.


After your degree

Some Biochemistry alumni pursue graduate studies. Others establish careers in the pharmaceutical and health science sectors, environmental or government laboratories, or in genetic engineering, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

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