Program Information

School: Queen’s University
Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science
Degree: Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Field of Study: Biochemistry
Description: Biochemistry in the 21st century will continue to uncover the biochemical basis for life. Emerging knowledge in biochemistry will help to unravel the molecular basis for diseases such as cancer and hypertension, and in turn lead to the development of new tools for disease detection and new therapies for treatments and cures. The biochemist applies the basic principles of chemistry, mathematics, physics, and biology to the study of cellular processes; thus a good grounding in these subjects is an integral part of the program. Biochemistry at Queen’s offers a wide scope of diverse topics ranging from molecular genetics and structural biology to the functional basis of enzymes, hormones, and vitamins. These biochemistry courses incorporate an understanding of specific organisms, as well as organ systems such as musculoskeletal and cardiovascular. A four year honours degree plan, available as a major concentration, is designed for those students who want an honours training in Biochemistry but have alternate plans than graduate studies in experimental Biochemistry. The plan is identical to the first two years of the Specialization plan and includes twelve courses in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Mathematics. There are opportunities for more elective credits in the third and fourth years of study compared to the Specialization plan. BCHM 421 and 422 are not available to students in the Major plan. The three year general degree plan (BSC-GEN), requires a concentration in Biochemistry with a minimum of eight Science courses.

The co-operative education option in the Biochemistry program at Queen’s offers students an experience that integrates on-campus academic study with relevant work experience in industry, government, or a research institute. The work experience enhances the students’ intellectual, professional and personal development by providing opportunities for applying academic theories and knowledge, evaluating and adjusting career directions, and developing skills in working with people. It provides two relevant work experiences of eight months duration each in industry, business, research institutes or government but requires that the student complete their degree requirements in five years, not four. The co-operative education program opens doors to a diverse set of employers throughout Canada and the United States, which allows students to build professional networks outside of Queen’s University. The flagship program is the four year Honours Subject of Specialization Plan (BSCH-P-BSH). This plan provides the student with an in-depth training in modern experimental Biochemistry and is a preparation for entry into graduate programs. The first two years of the plan are background preparation in Chemistry (organic, analytical and physical), Biology (genetics), general Physics and Mathematics. In the third year, courses in general Biochemistry, Physical Biochemistry and Molecular Biology are mandatory. In the fourth year students take four full credits in Biochemistry two of which are laboratory courses, one a winter term research project with thesis. The plan has enough flexibility for students to take elective courses in Microbiology, Physiology or other subjects in the Faculty of Arts and Science for which they are eligible.

URL: Biochemistry at Queen’s University
Length: 5 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $39,247

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Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 85

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  • 2 of  Grade12 Chemistry  or  Grade12 Physics  or  Grade12 Biology 
  •  Grade12 Advanced Functions 
  •  Grade12 English (ENG4U) 
  •  Grade12 Calculus and Vectors 

Applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Test Scores:

  • Canadian Academic English Language Assessment [min. 70] or International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]