Medicinal and Biological Chemistry Specialist (HBSc)

Admissions Category: Life Sciences

Program Overview

Chemistry is an integral component of medical science, and fundamentally impacts key aspects of modern medicine, including diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and understanding of diseases. The Medicinal & Biological Chemistry program is intended for students who want to specialize in chemistry, and in particular, its applications to medicine and broader scientific areas related to human health. The combination of coursework and research experience makes this program ideally suited for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in medicinal, pharmaceutical and biological chemistry or a related discipline, or to work in health-related industries. It 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

  • Apply modern analytical instrumentation to biological problems
  • 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

Careers for Graduates

  • Pharmaceutical Research Scientist
  • Medicinal Chemist
  • Bioanalytical Chemist
  • Biotechnology Scientist
  • Clinical Research Associate
  • Patent Examiner
  • Medical Writer
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Nanotechnologist

Further Education

  • Professional schools (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, law, engineering...)
  • Graduate school (masters, PhD, technology, education...)

Program Pathway

Year 1 | Year 2 | Year 3 | Year 4

Year 1
Choose Your Courses Wisely
BIOA01H3 Life On Earth: Unifying Principles
BIOA02H3 Life on Earth: Form, Function and Interactions
CHMA10H3 Introductory Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding
[CHMA11H3 Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms or CHMA12H3 Advanced General Chemistry]
[MATA29H3 Calculus I for Life Sciences or MATA30H3 Calculus I for Physical Sciences]
[MATA35H3 Calculus II for Biological Sciences or MATA36H3 Calculus II for Physical Sciences]
[PHYA10H3 Physics I for the Physical Sciences or PHYA11H3 Physics I for Life Sciences]
STAB22H3 Introduction to Statistics

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Attend the UTSC Faculty Mix & Mingle Fair to connect with professors and learn more about their specialties.
  • Start building your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) and search for Experiential Learning opportunities.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 2
Choose Your Courses Wisely
BIOB10H3 Cell Biology
BIOB11H3 Molecular Aspect of Cellular and Genetic Processes
BIOB12H3 Laboratory for Cell and Molecular Biology
CHMB16H3 Techniques in Analytical Chemistry
CHMB21H3 Chemical Structure and Spectroscopy
CHMB23H3 Introduction to Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics: Theory and Practice
CHMB31H3 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHMB41H3 Organic Chemistry I
CHMB42H3 Organic Chemistry II

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
  • Check the Research Catalogue and jobs on CLNx for possible research opportunities.
  • Drop by the Math & Statistics Learning Centre to have your course-related questions answered.
  • Consider doing a directed research course: PSCB90H3 - Physical Sciences Research Experience.

Apply Theory to Practice
Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career
  • Gain experience by applying for a summer, part-time or Work Study position via CLNx (>Jobs & Recruitment).
  • Considering grad school? Speak to professors and advisors early so you are on track.
  • Explore careers through the AA&CC’s Job Shadowing and In The Field programs.

Year 3
Choose Your Courses Wisely
BIOC12H3 Biochemistry I: Proteins and Enzymes
BIOC13H3 Biochemistry II: Bioenergetics and Metabolism
BIOC23H3 Practical Approaches to Biochemistry
CHMC11H3 Principles of Analytical Instrumentation
CHMC42H3 Organic Synthesis
CHMC47H3 Bio-Organic Chemistry
CHMC71H3/​(CHMD71H3) Medicinal Chemistry
0.5 credit from:
CHMC16H3 Analytical Instrumentation
CHMC21H3 Topics in Biophysical Chemistry
CHMC31Y3 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry

Develop Your Academic & Research Skills
Apply Theory to Practice
  • Build on your skills and knowledge through relevant events offered through your department, student groups, DSL and the AA&CC.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
Plan for Your Future Career

Year 4
Choose Your Courses Wisely
CHMD79H3 Topics in Biological Chemistry
1.5 credits in D-level CHM courses
0.5-1.0 credits from the following:
CHMD90Y3 Directed Research
CHMD91H3 Directed Research
CHMD92H3 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory Course
0.5 credit from the following:
CHMD41H3/​(CHMC41H3) Physical Organic Chemistry
CHMD47H3 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry
CHMD69H3 Chemical Elements in Living Systems

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
  • Attend the Summer & Full-time Job Fair in January to meet with potential employers looking to hire students for summer and full-time positions relevant to your field.

Become an Engaged Citizen (Locally & Globally)
  • Participate in the 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 your Personal Statement reviewed in the AA&CC.


  • AACC - Academic Advising and Career Centre (
  • CCR - Co-Curricular Record (
  • CLNx - Career Co-Curricular Learning Network (
  • CSU - Chemistry Society (
  • SCSU - Scarborough Campus Students Union (


Departmental Contact

Dr. Lana Mikhaylichenko


Chemistry Librarian

Sarah Guay


Academic Advising & Career Centre

Location: AC213

Department of Student Life

Location: SL157