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The Major program in Biochemistry provides students with the opportunity to explore the chemistry of living systems. In the first two years, students take a suite of core courses in both biology and chemistry. In later years, students merge these disciplines through courses that explore the chemistry of proteins, enzymes and metabolism. This program is intended for students who are interested in biochemistry, but who do not wish to complete the more focused specialist in biological chemistry. The program is also excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue professional schools such as medicine, pharmacy or law.

Program Requirements

Students should complete the following 9.0 credits:

First Year:
1. 3.0 credits from the following

BIOA01H3 Life on Earth: Unifying Principles
BIOA02H3 Life on Earth: Form, Function and Interactions
CHMA10H3 Introductory Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding
[CHMA11H3 Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms or CHMA12H3 Advanced General Chemistry]
[MATA29H3 Calculus I for the Life Sciences or MATA30H3 Calculus I for Physical Sciences]
[MATA35H3 Calculus II for Biological Sciences or MATA36H3 Calculus II for Physical Sciences]

Second and Later Years:
2. 6.0 credits from the following

BIOB10H3 Cell Biology
BIOB11H3 Molecular Aspect of Cellular and Genetic Processes
BIOB12H3 Cell & Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOC12H3 Biochemistry I: Proteins & Enzymes
BIOC13H3 Biochemistry II: Bioenergetics & Metabolism
BIOC23H3 Practical Approaches to Biochemistry
CHMB16H3 Techniques in Analytical Chemistry
CHMB41H3 Organic Chemistry I
CHMB42H3 Organic Chemistry II
CHMC47H3 Bio-Organic Chemistry

0.5 credit from the following:
CHMB20H3* Chemical Thermodynamics and Elementary Kinetics
CHMB23H3* Introduction to Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics: Theory and Practice
CHMB31H3 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHMC11H3 Principles of Analytical Instrumentation
CHMC41H3 Organic Reaction Mechanisms
CHMC42H3 Organic Synthesis
* If CHMB20H3 or CHMB23H3 is selected, PHYA10H3 is required.

0.5 credit from the following:

CHMD47H3 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry

CHMD69H3 Chemical Elements in Living Systems

CHMD71H3 Pharmaceutical Chemistry

CHMD79H3 Topics in Biological Chemistry

Note: This program cannot be combined with the Major Program in Chemistry. However, when students are selecting their course of studies, they should refer to the University of Toronto guidelines for program breadth and depth requirements (see Degree Requirements).