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B.Sc. Honours Biology and Biochemistry (Health and Biomedical Stream)



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Phone: 519-253-3000, Ext. 2695

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Phone: 519-973-7014
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Biology lab student

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.

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 fundamental sciences informing health and medicine. 

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.

First Year 

In your first year, you will take the foundational courses in Biology and Chemistry, along with Calculus, Physics, Statistics, and Arts or Social Science. The first-year science courses in this stream can be used to satisfy some prerequisite requirements for many pre-professional programs, and help students prepare for external admissions tests like the MCAT®. A sample schedule is shown below. 

Career Paths 

  • Industrial and academic R&D 
  • Professional programs such as medicine or pharmacy (with additional studies)
  • Health and biomedical research in graduate studies 
  • R&D in industry or government 
  • Clinical research 
  • Education (with additional studies) - appropriate selection of courses allows for fulfilment of teachable subjects 

Admission Requirements 

Minimum admission average of 70% (plus 70% secondary average). ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SBI4U are required. MCV4U is strongly recommended. SPH4U is recommended.


Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry 
Phone: 519-253-3000, Ext. 3526