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Biochemistry

Female science student 

Biochemistry is the foundation for understanding all biological processes. It provides the basis for practical advances in medicine, veterinary medicine, agriculture, and biotechnology.

Biochemistry is both a life science and a chemical science, exploring the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the changes occurring in living cells.

Some of our students go on to medical school, while many others pursue graduate studies in the life sciences. Many also find challenging positions in the pharmaceutical industry, working on basic or applied research, or in academic bio-science laboratories, working as research assistants.

Program options

Undergraduate students may follow a Liberal, Major or Honours program. The Major and Honours programs are more specialized, requiring skills and insight from all areas of chemistry, cell biology, genetics, and from other areas.

At the graduate level, students may earn a M.Sc. or Ph.D. degree. Key areas of research include cell and molecular biology, molecular genetics, bioinformatics, neurobiology, protein structure, and membrane structure and function.

Department highlights

  • Students have many opportunities to work in the labs of scientists who are at the cutting edge of research in the medical and bio-sciences.
  • The department has 22 active research labs on site, with 18 more within walking distance.
  • Exposure to the latest developments in bio-science via rotations through several departmental research labs.
  • Opportunities for independent studies in the final year.
  • Strong preparation for graduate studies.
  • The McGill Biochemistry Undergraduate Society (B.U.G.S.). Visit their website

More information

Departmental webpage for undergraduate studies

Calendar entry for Biochemistry - see online calendar

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