Biochemistry is the study of chemical processes associated with living organisms. Biochemists use concepts of biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, microbiology and genetics to unravel the complex puzzles of life.


Biochemistry at Memorial

Many of our undergraduates become involved in research through the Memorial University Career Experience Program (MUCEP), Student Undergraduate Research Award (SURA) and other summer research programs. Undergraduates carry out research in areas such as, but not limited to, development of sea urchins and zebrafish, muscle biochemistry, lipid composition and molecular dynamics.

In addition to the major and honours options in biochemistry, joint programs are offered in:

  • behavioural neuroscience/nutrition (B.Sc. honours)
  • biochemistry and cell biology/microbiology (B.Sc. honours)
  • biochemistry/chemistry (B.Sc. honours)
  • biochemistry/physics (B.Sc. honours)

A minor in biochemistry is also available.

Sample Courses

BIOC 3106 - Metabolism
BIOC 3107 - Nucleic Acid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
BIOC 4200 - Bioenergetics and Biological Oxidation


Career Opportunities

  • Researcher (Academia/Industry)
  • Technical Sales Representative/Marketing Consultant
  • Scientific/Technical Writer or Editor
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Clinical Biochemist
  • Professor/Lecturer/Teacher
  • Medical doctor/Dentist/Veterinarian
  • Patent Lawyer
  • Environmental Consultant
  • Biomedical Engineer
  • Physiotherapist/Occupational Therapist
  • Genetic Counsellor

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.


Program Information

Faculty of Science




Bachelor of Science


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:



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