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Biochemistry

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Overview

The Biochemistry program at York is your gateway to an exciting and rapidly evolving field. Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life, and as all fields of biology are increasingly seeking understanding at the molecular and submolecular levels. Biochemistry continues to be vitally important to advancing many areas of biology and biomedical science, including molecular genetics, physiology and the treatment of disease. As a Biochemistry student, you will explore the structure and properties of biological molecules and the relationship between their chemical structure and their function in living systems.

This four-year program provides you with hands-on training in the laboratory right from the very first year. A fourth-year research project serves as the capstone course of your degree, preparing you for many challenging careers. York Biochemistry students get meaningful and well paid jobs in research, in industry and in teaching. Others go on to pursue graduate studies, here and at other prestigious universities in Canada and abroad. Many enter professional schools in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, law and business.

Includes: Organic/Inorganic Chemistry, Cell Biology, Professional School Preparation


12U Requirements

  • English - ENG4U
  • Biology - SBI4U
  • Chemistry - SCH4U
  • Advanced Functions - MHF4U
  • Calculus & Vectors - MCV4U
  • Physics (recommended)

Requirements

  • Highest level Biology
  • Highest level Chemistry
  • Highest level Mathematics

Requirements will vary depending on your curriculum, to see a full list of course equivalents, please visit: https://futurestudents.yorku.ca/program/biochemistry

Typical First-Year Courses

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Use
  • General Education course

Experiential Education

Experiential Education (EE) gives students the opportunity to apply theories learned in the classroom to concrete experiences. These experiences can occur within a course, community, or work/professional setting. The goal of EE is to deepen the learning objectives of a course or program, allowing students to better retain their knowledge of new concepts and be better prepared for life after graduation.

TypeJobTasks
InternshipAnalytical Chemist (Toronto Research Chemicals)
Conduct experiments and interpret/report analysis on samples of various sources. Order lab equipment, and adhere to the health and safety standards of a lab.
InternshipSynthetic Organic Chemist (Toronto Research Chemicals)Plan, develop and troubleshoot complex multi-step syntheses. Characterize products of complex structures, perform/process development, and research for advanced purification techniques.
InternshipWeighing Associate (Toronto Research Chemicals)Weigh chemicals, fill vials, label products for consumer orders while keeping an accurate report. Organize space and dispose of material appropriately.
Co-OpDosage and Product Demonstration Launch Chemist (Apotex)Perform analysis of lab samples including raw material, inprocess, finished products and stability samples using analytical procedures and techniques. Calibrate lab equipment and document all observations.
Co-OpGlobal Pharmacovigilance Coordinator (Apotex)Gather, evaluate, organize and analyze information. Undertake Global safety database validation tests and assist with reconciliation activities.
Co-OPCleaning Validation Coordinator (Apotex)Perform validation sampling of manufacturing equipment of product drug active, detergent and microbial residues. Communicate analytic testing to the lab for swab sampling, troubleshoot assistance, review assessments, extract and organize data from the lab, production, and packaging documents.

Career Possibilities

Biotech, Pharmaceutical or Chemical Industry

product development, technical information, product information, quality control and regulatory affairs

Agriculture

geneticist, molecular biologist, biochemist

Professional Schools

Medicine, dentistry, pharmacy

Graduate Studies

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