Biology and Biochemistry (Health and Biomedical Sciences Stream)

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Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and Biochemistry

Health care is currently Canada’s second-largest service industry and one of the world’s fastest growing employment sectors. Our Health and Biomedical Sciences stream provides a clear pathway to medicine, pharmacy or graduate research in a health-related science. 

  • Provides students with a structured program integrating biology and biochemistry with a focus on sciences that underlie health and biomedical research
  • Offers targeted preparation for graduate study in a related field, and for students to complete prerequisites for many professional programs (including medicine and pharmacy)
  • Rigorous curriculum with integrated laboratory (experiential) components and flexibility in upper-level courses
Program Description
This interdisciplinary program builds on the strengths of both biology and biochemistry and is designed to meet the needs of students who want a strong background in the sciences fundamental to health and medicine and focuses on the central role of biochemistry in the health sciences using a learning-by-doing approach.
The curriculum incorporates integrated laboratory components with flexibility in senior courses and course selection to suit student interests. The overall curriculum includes a greater focus on core sciences than most other health or biomedical programs, providing rigorous training that keeps alternate career paths open and provides more options for graduate and professional schools. Students may concentrate on sub-specialties such as molecular biology, biochemistry, medical physics or microbiology, which will lead to a wide range of career goals.
To see a sample first-year schedule, visit the online Guide to Registration website, click on the “Science Programs” link on the left, and select the specific program(s) in which you are interested.

Minimum Admission Average: 75%

Secondary Average: 75%*

ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U, and SBI4U required. SPH4U is recommended. MCV4U is strongly recommended. 

*Science second average is the average of all science and math courses.

  • Professional programs such as medicine or pharmacy (or other health-related fields)
  • Graduate studies in health and biomedical research
  • Research & development in industry or government
  • Clinical research
  • Further study in law or business, focusing on health and biomedical issues/industries
  • Education (appropriate selection of courses allows for fulfillment of such teachable subjects as Biology or Chemistry to enter the Faculty of Education)
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