Academic Calendar 2022-2023

Biochemistry – Major (Science) – Bachelor of Science (Honours)


Subject:  Administered by the Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences.
Plan:  Consists of 75.00 units as described below.
Program:  The Plan, alone, or in combination with a Minor in another subject, and with sufficient electives to total 120.00 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2021-2022 Calendar for the previous requirements.

1. Core
A. Complete the following:
CHEM 112General Chemistry6.00
B. Complete the following:
BIOL 102Fundamentals of Biology: Molecular and Cell Biology3.00
BIOL 103Fundamentals of Biology: Organisms to Ecosystems3.00
C. Complete 3.00 units from the following:3.00
Introduction to Biochemistry
Understanding Human Disease in the 21st Century
D. Complete the following:
CISC 151Elements of Computing with Data Analytics3.00
E. Complete the following:
BCHM 218Molecular Biology3.00
F. Complete the following:
BIOL 243Introduction to Statistics3.00
G. Complete the following:
CHEM 211Main Group Chemistry3.00
CHEM 212Principles of Chemical Reactivity3.00
CHEM 222Methods of Structure Determination3.00
CHEM 223Organic Reactions3.00
H. Complete the following:
BCHM 313Molecular Biochemistry3.00
BCHM 315Proteins and Enzymes3.00
BCHM 316Metabolism3.00
BCHM 317Introductory Biochemistry Laboratory6.00
I. Complete the following:
BCHM 441Current Topics in Biochemistry3.00
J. Complete 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Protein Structure and Function
Advanced Molecular Biology
The Molecular Basis of Cellular Function
2. Option
A. Complete 6.00 units from the following course list:6.00
3. Supporting
A. Select 6.00 units from the following:6.00
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus
Differential and Integral Calculus I
and Differential and Integral Calculus II
B. Complete the following:3.00
Introduction to Physics I
Elective Courses45.00
Total Units120.00

4. Notes

A. Students who may wish later to change to a chemistry program should take one of PHYS 106 or PHYS 104; students who may wish later to change to a physics program should take PHYS 104.

B. Students wishing to take upper-year BIOL courses as electives should take BIOL 205 and BIOL 206 as electives.

C. Electives consisting of 3.00-6.00 units at the 300-level in any of ANAT, BIOL, CHEM, MICR, PHAR, PHGY with a laboratory component are recommended. Of these, CHEM 311; CHEM 398; CHEM 399 are strongly recommended.

D. Students who have completed PHYS 104PHYS 106, or PHYS 118 may count 3.00 units towards Supporting 3.B. The other 3.00 units will be counted towards the student's elective requirement. 

E. A maximum of 6.00 units from courses offered by other Faculties and Schools may be counted toward the program and/or Plan requirements. This includes courses in COMM, LAW, NURS and courses in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Biochemistry Course Lists

The following lists contain courses offered through other Departments. In accordance with Academic Regulation 2.5 (Access to Classes), students do not have enrolment priority in all of these courses. Access to these courses may only be made available during the Open Enrolment period, and then only if space permits.


Options in the Biochemistry Specialization/Major Plan
BCHM 370Genetics and Genomics3.00
BCHM 410Protein Structure and Function3.00
BCHM 411Advanced Molecular Biology3.00
BCHM 432The Molecular Basis of Cellular Function3.00
BCHM 482Proteomics and Metabolomics3.00
BIOL 205Mendelian and Molecular Genetics3.00
BIOL 206Evolutionary Genetics3.00
BIOL 212Scientific Methods in Biology3.00
BIOM 300Modeling Techniques in Biology3.00
BMED 470Principles of 'Omics'3.00
HLTH 323Epidemiology3.00
MATH 221Vector Calculus3.00
MATH 225Ordinary Differential Equations3.00
MATH 228Complex Analysis3.00
MATH 272Applications of Numerical Methods3.00
MATH 339Evolutionary Game Theory3.00
PHYS 206Dynamics3.00
PHYS 216Introduction to Astrophysics3.00
PHYS 242Relativity and Quanta3.00
PSYC 100Principles of Psychology6.00
PSYC 235Abnormal Psychology6.00
PSYC 236Introduction to Clinical Psychology3.00
PSYC 251Developmental Psychology3.00
PSYC 271Brain and Behaviour I3.00
PSYC 323Laboratory in Attention3.00
PSYC 333Human Sexuality3.00
PSYC 353Atypical Development3.00
PSYC 355Comparative Cognition: Cognitive Origins Laboratory3.00
PSYC 370Brain and Behaviour II3.00
PSYC 420Advanced Topics in Cognitive Psychology3.00
PSYC 422Advanced Topics in Attention3.00
PSYC 470Advanced Topics in Behavioural Neuroscience3.00
PSYC 471Behavioural Pharmacology3.00
PSYC 473Neurobiology of Psychiatric Disorders3.00