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Biochemistry Major

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Program Overview

The Major program in Biochemistry provides students with the opportunity to explore the chemistry of living systems. In the first two years, students take a suite of core courses in both biology and chemistry. In later years, students merge these disciplines through courses that explore the chemistry of proteins, enzymes and metabolism. This program is intended for students who are interested in biochemistry, but who do not wish to complete the more focused specialist in biological chemistry. The program is also excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue professional schools such as medicine, pharmacy or law.
 

Complementary Programs: This program cannot be combined with the Major Program in Chemistry.

Check out future career opportunities and skills acquired from completing this program:

1. Competencies & Skills

  • Research, analysis and problem solving
  • Design and conduct laboratory research including data collection, analysis and interpretation
  • Write technical reports and project proposals
  • Present research findings in an organized and succinct manner
  • Apply modern analytical instrumentation to biological problems

2. Careers for Graduates

  • Quality Analyst in Product Development
  • Scientific Affairs Liaison in Food Packaging
  • Sales Representative in Manufacturing
  • Drug Safety Assessor in Pharmaceuticals
  • Scientific Analyst/Regulator in Government
  • Environmental Scientist in Engineering
  • Associate Product Manager in Medical Supplies

3. Further Education

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Pharmacy
  • Law
  • Engineering
  • Genetics
  • Biology
  • Physics

Program Pathway

Year 1
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY
DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
Year 2
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY

DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS

APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE

BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)

PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER

  • Apply for discipline specific summer, part-time or Work Study positions; check listings on CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • Explore research study courses such as PSCB90H3.
  • Speak with your professors and advisors about your graduate study plans.
Year 3

CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY

DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
  • Consult with staff at the AA&CC to plan your career path.
  • Check CLNx regularly for networking events or employer information sessions.
  • Attend the Graduate & Professional School Fair in September.
  • Join a conference to develop your professional skills
Year 4 or Final Year
CHOOSE YOUR COURSES WISELY
DEVELOP YOUR ACADEMIC & RESEARCH SKILLS
  • Apply for the Academic Travel Fund through DSL to conduct research, present at a conference, or engage with the academic community internationally.
APPLY THEORY TO PRACTICE
BECOME AN ENGAGED CITIZEN (LOCALLY & GLOBALLY)
  • Participate in AA&CC’s Partners in Leadership program to learn and network with an alumni mentor about transitioning into the work field or further education.
PLAN FOR YOUR FUTURE CAREER
  • Attend the AA&CC’s Get Hired job search conference in April/May.
  • Attend a Jobs for Grads orientation for a job search “crash course” and for access to full-time job listings.
  • Discuss grad school plans early with staff at the AA&CC and your professors.
  • Get help with your CV and personal statement at the AA&CC.

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Did You Know

This program is part of the Combined Degree Program with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by OISE.