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studyThis page shows how a Biochemistry degree can be structured in order to accommodate a number of different fields of interest. It contains information that is relevant to all students planning a Biochemistry major, and also to those who may be interested in adding a Biochemistry minor to another degree.

Biochemistry aims to explain the structure and function of all living things at the molecular level, and so is important as a foundation for many fields  of endeavour.

Biochemistry can be a major in the Bachelor of Arts and Science (BASc) and Bachelor of Commerce and Science (BComSc) degrees as well as the Bachelor of Science (BSc).

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Pathways of study for a Biochemistry major

In addition to these requirements, your course can include other papers related to your main  interests.

InterestPapers to include
Biochemistry and molecular biologyGenetics and Microbiology and Immunology papers at 200-level, and Genetics or Plant Biotechnology papers at 300-level
Biochemical basis of diseaseAnatomy, Genetics, Physiology, Pathology papers at 200- and 300-level
Biochemistry of drug design and functionAnatomy, Chemistry, Physiology, and Pharmacology at 200- and 300-level
Bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomicsComputing papers in the first year are highly recommended; Computer Science, Genetics, and Microbiology and Immunology papers at 200- and 300-level
Molecular geneticsGenetics, and Microbiology and Immunology papers
Metabolism and nutritionAnatomy, Human Nutrition, and Physiology papers at 200- and 300-level
Plants and AgricultureBIOL 123 and Genetics and Botany papers at 200- and 300-level, Plant Biotechnology and/or Agricultural Innovation at 300-level
Structural molecular biologyMATH 160, PHSI 131, plus Chemistry, Genetics, Microbiology and Immunology, or Pharmacology papers at 200- and 300-level

This information provides  suggestions only, as there are many different ways of  tailoring the basic structure of a BSc degree in Biochemistry to individual  interests. You can discuss your options with Biochemistry staff by emailing

Biochemistry as a component in other degrees

Biochemistry papers can  complement your skills and knowledge in a BSc majoring in another subject, such as:

Biochemistry papers can also contribute to undergraduate degrees other than a BSc, for example:

Double majors (eg Biochemistry and Genetics) are also possible in a BSc.

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