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This program is intended for students who want to specialize in chemistry, and in particular, its applications to and interactions with living systems. The first year of the program emphasizes learning fundamentals across various disciplines, including biology, chemistry, physics, and math. In the second year, additional coursework in chemistry and biology prepares students to merge these disciplines in more specialized courses later in the program. In their third and fourth years, students will explore the complex chemistry of living systems, including proteins, enzymes and metabolism. Students will also learn how chemistry can be used to study and manipulate these systems through courses in pharmaceutical and biological chemistry. In their fourth year, students will have the opportunity to contribute to the creation of scientific knowledge in this field by participating in a directed research project. The combination of coursework and research experience makes this program ideally suited for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in biological chemistry or a related discipline, or to work in biologically chemistry-related industries. It is also excellent preparation for students wishing to pursue professional schools such as medicine, pharmacy or law.

The biological chemistry specialist program is accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC). It meets the national standards of education required by the CSC, ensuring that graduating students possess skills in both the core chemical concepts and practical laboratory skills that are necessary to thrive in today’s workforce. Graduates of these programs will receive a certificate stating that they have completed a nationally accredited chemistry program.

Enrolment Requirements
Students may apply to this program after completing at least 4.0 credits including: BIOA01H3, BIOA02H3, CHMA10H3, [CHMA11H3 or CHMA12H3], MATA30H3 and PHYA10H3 with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0. Application for admission to the program is made to the registrar through ROSI in April/May and July/August. See the UTSC Office of the Registrar’s website for information on the program (Subject POSt) selection.

Program Requirements
The program requires the completion of the following 14.5 credits:

First Year:
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]
MATA30H3 Calculus I for Physical Sciences
[MATA35H3 Calculus II for Biological Sciences or MATA36H3 Calculus II for Physical Sciences]
PHYA10H3 Physics I for the Physical Sciences

Second Year:
BIOB10H3 Cell Biology
BIOB11H3 Molecular Aspect of Cellular and Genetic Processes
BIOB12H3 Laboratory for Cell and Molecular Biology
CHMB31H3 Introduction to Inorganic Chemistry
CHMB41H3 Organic Chemistry I
CHMB42H3 Organic Chemistry II

Second or Third Year:
CHMB16H3 Techniques in Analytical Chemistry
CHMB21H3 Chemical Structure and Spectroscopy
CHMB23H3 Introduction to Chemical Thermodynamics and Kinetics: Theory and Practice
STAB22H3 Statistics I

Third Year:
BIOC12H3 Biochemistry I: Proteins and Enzymes
BIOC13H3 Biochemistry II: Bioenergetics and Metabolism
BIOC23H3 Practical Approaches to Biochemistry
CHMC47H3 Bio-Organic Chemistry

Third or Fourth Year:
CHMC11H3 Principles of Analytical Instrumentation
CHMC31Y3 Intermediate Inorganic Chemistry
[CHMC41H3 Organic Reaction Mechanisms or CHMC42H3 Organic Synthesis]

Fourth Year:
CHMD79H3 Topics in Biological Chemistry
1.5 credits in D-level or 400-level CHM courses including one of the following courses:
CHMD90Y3 Directed Research
CHMD91H3 Directed Research
CHMD92H3 Advanced Chemistry Laboratory Course
at least 0.5 credit from the following:

CHMD47H3 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry
CHMD69H3 Chemical Elements in Living Systems
CHMD71H3 Pharmaceutical Chemistry