Thinking of choosing biochemistry as your major?
Many students first become aware of biochemistry and molecular biology while still in high school. In university, first year biology courses show how biochemical facts and concepts are woven into modern biology, from genetics to ecology. Thus, most science students have a good idea of what biochemistry is all about by the time they choose their second year courses, and many take some biochemistry as part of their degree programs.
Declaring biochemistry as your major
You could focus on biochemistry as your major, or chose to combine with another subject area such as chemistry, microbiology, neurobiology, environment sustainability & society, business or even arts.
- This booklet shows you some options:
Undergraduate Programs in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology [PDF - 495 KB] (February 18, 2020)
- When and how to declare your major(s)
Talking can often be a useful addition to reading, so feel free to come and see any of our advisors listed below. It is best to contact the department office first to determine which advisors are available (particularly in the summer when advisors are available on a rotation schedule).
Current and prospective students: use the form on our contact page to complete an inquiry.
|Barbara Bigelow||Tupper 9-B1|
|Paul Briggs||Tupper 8-J2|
|Dr. Melanie Dobson, Chair of Undergraduate Committee||Tupper 10-J1|
|Dr. K. Vanya Ewart||Tupper 9-S1|
|Dr. David Langelaan||Tupper 8-F2|
|Dr. Claudio Slamovits||Tupper 8-B2|
|Dr. Catherine Too||Tupper 9-D1|
Careers in biochemistry
So what exactly can you do with a degree in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology? Any one of our degrees offered opens the door to a variety of careers. Biochemistry will continue to be a very good preparation for the professions of medicine, dentistry and pharmacy. In addition, a biochemistry degree is increasingly used as a preparation for a more diverse range of careers, such as law, journalism or business.
|biological researcher||biochemist||clinical diagnostician|
|drug designer||environmental health officer||food technologist|
|forensic scientist||geneticist||laboratory technician|
|medical illustrator||molecular scientist||pharmacist|
Visit the Frank G. Lawson Career Information Centre to get started with planning your career.