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Bachelor of Biochemistry
Bachelor of Biochemistry

Bachelor of Biochemistry

  • ID:UBC010083
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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  • Type:Full-time

Fees (CAD)

  • Application Fee:$168.25
  • TuitionFee/Year:$47,031.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$11,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$500.00
  • Application Fee:$168.25
  • TuitionFee/Year:$47,031.00
  • LivingFee/Year:$11,000.00
  • InsuranceFee/Year:$500.00
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirements

English Requirements

  • Complete four or more consecutive years of recognized, full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending UBC.

  • Complete four or more consecutive years of full-time education in English in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC.

  • Achieve a final exam grade of 70% or better on the provincial examination portion of Alberta English Language Arts 30-1, BC English 12 (achieved August 2019 or earlier), or equivalents.

  • Achieve a final grade of 4 or better on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language & Composition or AP Literature & Composition; or achieve a final grade of 5 or better on International Baccalaureate English A (higher-level or standard-level).

  • Achieve the competence standard indicated by one of the tests of English language proficiency that evaluates skills in listening, reading, speaking, and writing.

  • Successfully complete six credits of post-secondary first-year English studies at a recognized university in an English-speaking country. You must submit a transcript showing completion of these courses by February 15. For students at North American post-secondary institutions registered in English courses in the January to April term, we will accept a final transcript showing completion of these courses until May 15, if there are spaces left in your degree.

  • Graduate from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language.

  • Attend four or more years at an eligible international secondary school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English. These four years must be immediately prior to attending UBC. You will need to submit a transcript as soon as possible to UBC’s Undergraduate Admissions Office.

  • Achieve a UBC Certificate in English Language or CEL by completing Level 600 of the UBC English Language Institute’s English for Academic Purposes program on UBC’s Vancouver campus.

  • CAEL, Canadian Academic English Language assessment, Overall 70

  • Cambridge English Qualifications, B2 First

  • C1 Advanced

  • C2 Proficiency, 180

  • CEL, UBC Certificate in English, 600

  • IELTS, International English Language Testing System (Academic), 6.5, with no part less than 6.0

  • PTE, Pearson Test of English (Academic), Overall: 65

    • Reading: 60

    • Listening: 60

    • Writing: 60

    • Speaking: 60

  • TOEFL, Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (UBC’s institution code is 0965), Overall: 90

    • Reading: 22

    • Listening: 22

    • Writing: 21

    • Speaking: 21

Course Information

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes occurring in living matter, a discipline which encompasses an incredibly diverse field of research that touches nearly all aspects of our lives. Biochemists are working in areas as diverse environmental degradation, forensics, disease research, and archaeology.

Biochemistry is concerned with the chemical compounds and processes that occur in plants, animals, and microorganisms. Specifically, it involves the analysis of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids, which comprise the basic constituents of cells.

This specialization equips you with a strong foundation in biochemistry while also providing the flexibility to cultivate your interests in allied fields (e.g., microbiology, food science, and chemistry). An undergraduate degree in biochemistry is particularly appropriate for students who anticipate a professional career in the health sciences or research.

Biochemistry is available at the undergraduate level as a major or honours. It can also be paired with chemistry for a combined major or combined honours degree.

Housed in the Faculty of Medicine, the program’s primary focus is on the biochemistry of the human body. Biochemistry can also be studied as an elective in biology, chemistry, microbiology and immunology, and cellular, anatomical and physiological sciences.

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Year 1:

  • BIOL 121 - Genetics, Evolution and Ecology

  • BIOL 140 - Laboratory Investigations in Life Science

  • CHEM 121 - Structure and Bonding in Chemistry

  • MATH 102 - Differential Calculus with Applications to Life Sciences

Year 2:

  • BIOC 203 - Fundamentals of Biochemistry

  • CHEM 213 - Organic Chemistry

  • BIOC 202 - Introductory Medical Biochemistry

  • CHEM 211 - Introduction to Chemical Analysis

  • BIOL 200 - Fundamentals of Cell Biology

Year 3:

  • BIOC 304 - Contemporary Biochemical Research

  • BIOC 301 - Biochemistry Laboratory

  • BIOC 302 - General Biochemistry

Year 4:

  • BIOC 410 - Nucleic Acids-Structure and Function

  • BIOC 421 - Recombinant DNA Techniques

  • BIOC 403 - Enzymology

  • BIOC 402 - Proteins: Structure and Function

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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

A BSc in Biochemistry is a perfect stepping stool for entry into graduate programs, as well as medical, law, dental, or pharmacy school.

Students graduate with strong critical thinking, communication, and research abilities. These skills are highly sought after and are transferable to many workplaces.

Program graduates

  • PhD candidate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of British Columbia

  • Associate attorney, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP

  • Dentist, Baker Hill Dental Clinic

  • Medical student, University of British Columbia

  • PhD candidate in Membrane Biology, University of Alberta

  • Graduate student in Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota

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Overseas Student Health Cover

Medical Insurance: 500 CAD per year

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