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Biochemistry

Biochemistry Major (HBSc)

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:

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

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

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
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.

Glossary

  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (www.utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc)
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/ccr/overview.htm)
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (https://clnx.utoronto.ca/home.htm)
  • CSA - Chemistry Students Association
  • CTL - Centre for Teaching and Learning (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl)
  • DSL - Department of Student Life (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/studentlife)
  • EPSA - Environmental and Physical Sciences Students Association (https://www.myepsa.ca)
  • HOSA - Health Occupation Students of America (https://hosa.org)
  • ISC - International Student Centre (https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/utscinternational)
  • MT - Master of Teaching (https://www.oise.utoronto.ca/mt)
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (https://www.scsu.ca)


Contacts

  • Departmental Contact
    Dr. Effie Sauer & Dr. Nirusha Thavarajah
    biochemistry-major@utsc.utoronto.ca
    https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/physsci/welcome-physical-environmental-sciences
  • Biochemistry Librarian
    Sarah Forbes
    s.forbes@utoronto.ca
    ARC main floor
    416-287-5616
    https://utsc.library.utoronto.ca/librarians
  • Academic Advising & Career Centre
    AC213
    416-287-7561
    https://utsc.utoronto.ca/aacc/
  • Department of Student Life
    SL157
    416-208-4760
    http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/studentlife/
  • Environmental & Physical Sciences Students’ Association (EPSA)
    https://www.myepsa.ca/
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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.