This 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.
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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.
|Interest||Papers to include|
|Biochemistry and molecular biology||Genetics and Microbiology and Immunology papers at 200-level, and Genetics or Plant Biotechnology papers at 300-level|
|Biochemical basis of disease||Anatomy, Genetics, Physiology, Pathology papers at 200- and 300-level|
|Biochemistry of drug design and function||Anatomy, Chemistry, Physiology, and Pharmacology at 200- and 300-level|
|Bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics||Computing papers in the first year are highly recommended; Computer Science, Genetics, and Microbiology and Immunology papers at 200- and 300-level|
|Molecular genetics||Genetics, and Microbiology and Immunology papers, plus Plant Biotechnology at 300-level|
|Metabolism and nutrition||Anatomy, Human Nutrition, and Physiology papers at 200- and 300-level|
|Plant molecular biology||BIOL 123, ECOL 111, and Genetics and Botany papers at 200- and 300-level|
|Structural molecular biology||MATH 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 at course advising sessions.
Biochemistry as a component in other degrees
Biochemistry papers can complement your skills and knowledge in a BSc majoring in another subject, such as:
They can also contribute to undergraduate degrees other than a BSc, for example:
- BAppSc (Bachelor of Applied Science)
- BBiomedSc (Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences in the Molecular Basis of Health and Disease)
Double majors (eg Biochemistry and Genetics) are also possible in a BSc.