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Biochemistry

Bachelor of Science with Specialization

Faculty of Science

Why study Biochemistry?

Why study Biochemistry? (Specialization program)

Biochemistry explores the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for change occurring in living cells, providing the basis for practical advances in areas as diverse as medicine, agriculture, veterinary medicine, and forensics.

The Biochemistry Specialization program is a structured program, but it allows for some flexibility with course selection. You can access unique opportunities like our research abroad course and our Certificate in Biomedical Research to further develop your research skills and gain experience that will take your education in new directions.

Biochemistry can also be taken as part of a BSc with Honors degree.

Why get a Bachelor of Science with Specialization degree?

Why take the BSc Specialization degree?

The Bachelor of Science Specialization degree provides a focused education in one program. You will take most of your courses in your main subject area, and are expected to maintain a higher standard of academic achievement. A Specialization degree can provide the background to help you proceed to a higher degree, but its primary function is to provide a comprehensive education at the undergraduate level.

This program can also be taken as part of a BSc Honors degree.

Why study Science at the University of Alberta?

The Faculty of Science at the University of Alberta delivers high-quality programs that investigate, explain, and explore the real science behind issues that affect our daily lives. With nearly 60 degree programs in 39 subject areas, we are one of the most comprehensive science faculties in Canada, with state-of-the-art teaching and learning facilities, opportunities for undergraduate research, and professors who are leading researchers in their fields.

Possible Careers

  • Bacteriologist
  • Biochemist
  • Clinical Biochemist
  • Food Science Technologist
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Forensic Laboratory Analyst
  • Geneticist
  • Immunologist
  • Laboratory Technician
  • Medical Librarian
  • Medical Writer
  • Pharmaceutical Researcher
  • Pharmaceutical Sales
  • Public Health Officer
  • Quality Control Manager
  • Research Scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Virologist

Yasmin is a recent Science graduate who was awarded the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship and is now studying at Oxford University. As a UAlberta student, Yasmin was President of the Health and Wellness student group and the founder of StolleryBOTs, a robotics program for patients at the Stollery Children's Hospital.

Admissions Requirements for 2019 - 2020

This information is for students applying directly from high school. Transfer students: see the Calendar

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Required Courses

  • One of the following courses
    • English Language Arts 30-1
  • One of the following subjects (click to see courses)
    • Fine Arts
    • Humanities
    • Languages other than English
    • Math/Sciences
  • One of the following courses
    • Mathematics 30-1
  • Two of the following courses
    • Chemistry 30
    • Physics 30
    • Mathematics 31
    • Computing Science ADV(CTS-5Cr)
    • Biology 30

Admission Average

Admission is competitive and subject to availability of space.

Canadian students, see Competitive Averages by faculty.
International students, see Competitive Averages and Conversions.

 
 
 
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP)  

    Because the U of A wants you to succeed, our admissions policy ensures that all students, regardless of citizenship, have the language skills they need to understand, participate and learn in our classes. The primary language of instruction in our classes, with the exception of those at the Faculte Saint-Jean, is English. For more information on the English Language Proficiency policy refer to the U of A Calendar. Information on writing ELP examinations is also available.

  • Aboriginal Applicants  

    At the U of A, we are committed to encouraging Aboriginal Students in their work towards a degree. Aboriginal students have been under-represented in higher education in Canada, thus our policy is aimed at increasing opportunity, with the goal of our Aboriginal student population being representative of the public we serve. For more information on Admission of Aboriginal Students refer to the U of A Calendar.

Deadline

Fall application: March 1, 2019

Extension: March 4, 2019

March 1st is the deadline to apply for most direct entry programs, but be sure to double-check! For a complete listing of application and document deadlines refer to the University Calendar.

Notes

For additional information and the most up-to-date admission requirements, please see admission requirements by faculty in the University Calendar.

 

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Why UAlberta?

The University of Alberta is one of the Top 5 universities in Canada and Top 100 in the world, with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, award-winning professors, a diverse and welcoming community, and opportunities for undergraduates you won’t find anywhere else. Come learn, try, solve, create, challenge, master, transform, and change the world.

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