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Biochemistry, B.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
    Duration
University rank #30 (BCR) Vancouver, Canada
In the Biochemistry program from University of British Columbia you will study 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.
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Overview

This Biochemistry program from University of British Columbia 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.

Your future

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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Genetics, Evolution and Ecology
  • Structure and Bonding in Chemistry
  • Fundamentals of Biochemistry
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Contemporary Biochemical Research
  • Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Nucleic Acids-Structure and Function
  • Recombinant DNA Techniques

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    90

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  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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General Requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with competitive scores, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. (If you are an international student with a score of less than 3 in IB English A [SL or HL], or you are taking English B [SL or HL], you may be eligible for UBC Vantage One programs.)
  • IB Mathematics, excluding IB Math Studies*
  • IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics
  • Grade 11/junior-level Chemistry
  • Grade 11/junior-level Physics (may be waived with grades of 5 in IB Mathematics and IB Chemistry)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    9804 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 39197 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1344 CAD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5399 CAD for the full programme and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Vancouver

  • 1590 - 2690 CAD/month
    Living Costs

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