Meet Queen's Life Sciences & Biochemistry

Congratulations on your acceptance to Queen’s! Now it is time to explore what Queen’s Life Sciences and Biochemistry, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and Kingston have to offer so you can determine if Queen’s is the right fit for you.  

With many research opportunities, a dedication to hands-on teaching that provides 6-12 hours of lab work each week, and classes that span from Pharmacology and Toxicology to Cancer Biology, Neurosciences and the Biochemical Basis of Life – Queen’s is a playground of scientific discovery for your undergraduate degree.  

As a Queen’s Life Sciences and Biochemistry student, you also: 

  • have access to several top-flight laboratories including the state-of-the-art chemistry labs that utilize 5,000-square-feet of space  
  • learn from top professors, who conduct research on cancer, reproductive health, and infection and disease. 
  • enjoy hands-on learning experiences such as active learning classrooms, skill labs, internships, placements, and summer research (SWEP) assistant positions with professors 
  • live in one of the greatest university towns in the world, as named by the BBC 

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Succeed at Queen's

In the Faculty of Arts and Science you have a team of dedicated staff, faculty, and academic advisors supporting you throughout your time at Queen’s to ensure your success during your time at Queen’s and beyond. 

Academic success 

  • Participate in Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) before you enter first year to help prepare you for new academic expectations, address questions or concerns about university life, and introduce you to resources and support services 
  • Access to internships, research grants, conference presentations, and summer research fellowships 
  • Have access to endless self-serve academic tools and resources  
  • Be supported by our people – from academic and peer advising, student wellness, career services, and more – we ensure your success while at Queen’s 
  • Successfully graduate! Queen's graduate rate is 89.5% - number 1 amongst Canadian universities (Maclean's 2018 Rankings) 

Career success 

  • 90% of Queen’s graduates are employed within six months of graduating, well above the provincial average  
  • Science graduates go on to many career fields including medicine and law, but also research, policy making and education 
  • Alumni career services support offered year-round  
  • Access to internships during your undergrad to test-drive a career and gain experience before graduation 
  • Job search advising for International Students 
  • Access to a large and connected community of Arts and Science alumni spanning across the globe 

 A Glimpse into First Year

Your first-year experience will be completely unique to you. You will have the opportunity to pick your own classes, join clubs, participate in sports, meet new people, and figure out what you want to study the rest of your time at Queen’s.  

  • Live in a residence building on-campus, or live off-campus in beautiful Kingston – no matter where you live, you’ll have the chance to feel connected to campus, students, and the city 
  • Select a range of courses to explore and narrow-down your passions before determining a specialization 
  • Gain and apply lab-based skills to analyze and evaluate data – even in your first year 
  • Pick from over 1,100 student volunteer and leadership positions, and roughly 300 student-run clubs to get involved in the Queen’s community 
  • Be part of a community of people who are intelligent, critical thinkers, who are passionate about learning and expanding their horizons

Life in Kingston

Students describe Kingston as both “quaint” and “eclectic." Rated by the BBC as one of the best university towns in the world, Kingston is big enough to provide all the conveniences of modern life, and small enough for students, staff, and faculty to feel instantly comfortable and at home.

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