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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

Program highlights

  • Programme d’expérience de première année en sciences
    À l’intention des étudiantes et étudiants d’autres provinces canadiennes. Tissez des liens avec d’autres étudiants en sciences et initiez-vous à des approches des sciences fondamentales qui sont interdisciplinaires et fondées sur la recherche. En savoir plus

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
  • The Science First-Year Experience Program → for students from other Canadian provinces. Connect with other first-year science students and engage in interdisciplinary, research-based approaches to the foundational sciences. Learn more

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



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


Admission requirements

Minimum cut-off averages

  • Quebec CEGEP:
    Honours: 28
    Specialization: 25
    Major: 25
  • High School:
    Honours: B+ overall, A- in math / sciences
    Specialization: B overall, B in math / sciences
    Major: C+ overall, C+ in math / sciences
  • University Transfers (internal/external):
    Honours: B+ overall, B+ in math / sciences
    Specialization: B overall, B in math / sciences
    Major: C overall, C in math / sciences
  • Bacc. français:
    Honours: 14 overall, 15 in math / science
    Specialization: 13 overall, 13 in math / science
    Major: 11 overall, 11 in math / science
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma:
    Honours: 31 overall, 5 math, 6 science
    Specialization: 29 overall, 4 math, 5 science
    Major: 26 overall, 4 math, 4 science

Course requirements for admission

  • CEGEP STUDENTS: 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.
  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: one math and two of either biology, chemistry or physics
  • BACC FRANÇAIS STUDENTS: Science programs require the completion of Série S (Sciences) Bacc. français
  • IB STUDENTS: one math, one science (HL preferred but SL acceptable). SL grade requirement may vary. Science HL or SL acceptable.
  • UNIVERSITY TRANSFERS: Completed courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.


Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).

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.

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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