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, minor and honours options in biochemistry, joint programs are offered in:

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

Admission requirements

You may apply for admission into the Faculty of Science by indicating bachelor of science as your program choice on the undergraduate application for admission.

Direct entry into the Faculty of Science from high school is subject to meeting the general admission requirements for Memorial University.

Admission to the major

Entry into the biochemistry major is based on academic standing. To be considered for admission to the major, you must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours (10 courses), including the following: 

  • Mathematics 1000 and 1001 (or 1090 and 1000)
  • Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1010 and 1050)
  • Physics 1050 (or 1020) and 1051 (or 1021) or Biology 1001 and 1002
  • six credit hours in critical reading and writing (CRW) courses, including at least three credit hours in English.

You must successfully complete the courses mentioned above with a minimum overall average of 60%.

Upon completion of these courses, you must apply to the major. You are strongly recommended to apply by May 31 of their first year. Failure to apply by this date may result in your application not being processed before your registration time.

Sample first year

Wondering what courses you would take in your first year? Check out a sample program of suggested courses for biochemistry students.

Sample courses beyond first year

BIOC 3206 - Metabolism
BIOC 3207 - Nucleic Acid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
BIOC 4200 - Bioenergetics and Biological Oxidation

Career opportunities

A bachelor of science degree, with a major in biochemistry, prepares students for a variety of careers including:

  • 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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