Biochemistry BSc

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Biochemistry BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      3 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    BSc in Biochemistry from a well-respected school live McGill University lets you become part of a 200 year scientific tradition by learning from some of the top researchers in the world, and perhaps participating in their research programs as you study.

     Biochemistry is both a chemical science and a life science, as it includes not just the investigation and understanding of the functioning of living cells, it goes down to the physics and chemical level to study that building blocks of life itself.  

    This can be taken as a generalised, Liberal program which is ideal for less specialised students or as an Honours program which is a great starting point for a career as a professional biochemist.  

    The degree program includes opportunities to extend your studies abroad. You might explore becoming an exchange student, engaging in an overseas internship or field study semester or perhaps a summer abroad. You are encouraged to explore your options here.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    The BSc component of this degree program is typically delivered over 3 years of full time study at 30 credits per year, for a total of 90 credits.

    Required Modules Include:

    • Advanced Organic Chem Lab
    • Basic Genetics
    • Biochemistry of Macromolecules
    • Biophysical Methods in Biochem
    • Intro Molecular &Cell Biol
    • Intro Organic Chemistry 1 – 3
    • Lab Meth in Biochem & Mol Biol 1 & 2
    • Metabolic Biochemistry
    • Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct
    • Molecular Biology
    • Nucleic Acids
    • Physical Chem. / Biol. Sci. 1 & 2
    • Physical Chem. / Biol. Sci Protein Structure and Function
    • Research Lab in Biochemistry

    Optional Modules Include:

    • Biology of Organisms
    • Biometry
    • Calculus 3
    • Programming for Life Sci
    • Foundations of Programming
    • Immunochemistry
    • Independent Research
    • Intro Immun: Elem of Immunity
    • Intro to Psychological Stats
    • Introductory Chemical Analysis
    • Introductory Microbiology
    • Lipids & Lipoproteins in Disease
    • Mammalian Physiology 1 & 2
    • Mathematical Models in Biology
    • Membranes & Cellular Signalling
    • Neurochemistry
    • Principles of Statistics 1

    Learning And Teaching

    McGill University’s Biochemistry BSc program is delivered using several different teaching and assessment methods. These include practical skills workshops, tutorial sessions, seminars, lectures and guest speaker presentations.

    You will also have access to at least three courses (Bioc 396, 42 and 491) which allow undergraduate students to carry out a research project in a laboratory overseen by a faculty member of the Biochemistry Department. Any or all of these courses can greatly improve your employability prospects.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree is an excellent way to begin a career in the biochemical sciences. It makes excellent preparation for a graduate level study in biology or chemistry. However, many students prefer to enter the workforce directly, taking exciting roles which rely on an understanding of molecular genetics, enzymology and molecular biology, such as those in the pharmaceutical, chemical, health care and biotechnology industries. Other options include corporate research and R&D roles.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 3 year BSc degree. 

    For more information about applying to become a part of any of McGill’s degree programs, please click here. For information specific to the Biochemistry BSc, click here.  

    All classes are taught in English, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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