Biochemistry

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Our extensive facilities and our Biochemistry Lab – outfitted with state-of-the-art equipment – provides  you with hands-on training in the laboratory right from the very first year.

The Biochemistry program at York is your gateway to an exciting and rapidly evolving field. Biochemistry is the study of the chemistry of life, and as all fields of biology are increasingly seeking understanding at the molecular and submolecular levels, Biochemistry continues to be vitally important to advancing many areas of biology and biomedical science.

Biochemistry looks at topics such as molecular genetics, physiology and the treatment of disease. As a Biochemistry student you will explore the structure and properties of biological molecules and the relationship between their chemical structure and their function in living systems.

Many areas of everyday life owe their development or even existence to biochemists: medical products and diagnostics, new food and its safety, crop improvement, cosmetics and forensic science.

  • York's Biochemistry professors include Sergey Krylov, Canada Research Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry and David Hood, Canada Research Chair in Cell Physiology.
  • York houses the Centre for Research on Biomolecular Interactions which houses more than 70 professors, researchers, graduate and undergraduate students. The Centre uses cutting-edge approaches to gain full understanding of key molecular players and events that can lead to disease, and by doing so, hopes to address prevention and future treatment of many diseases.

You may also be interested in other Biology programs.

Sample Schedule (First-year)

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Calculus
  • Computer Use
  • Non-Science Requirement

Possible Career Paths

Explore what you can do with your degree
  • pharmaceutical researcher
  • quality-control scientist
  • forensic scientist

BScFaculty of Science

Requirements for admission:
  • Alberta High School Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Math 31
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 30
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • British Columbia Secondary School Graduation Diploma
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Principles of Math 12 or Foundational Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Calculus 12
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 12
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Baccalauréat Général
  • Terminale biology
  • Terminale chemistry
  • Terminale math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Terminale physics
    • A maximum of 30 possible transferable credits may be granted for successful completion of the Baccalauréat Général. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Successful completion of the final year of senior studies
    • Minimum overall result of “Bien/Buena/Bueno/Good” on all academic courses.
    • Some programs require a higher GPA.
  • Senior-level biology
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • Senior-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Diploma with a total of at least six units, including prerequisites, and grades of 1, 2 or 3 in each unit.
    • A minimum overall average of 3 out of 7 is required. Higher grades required for certain programs.
  • 2-unit biology
  • 2-unit chemistry
  • 2-unit math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • 2-unit physics
    • CAPE 2-unit courses, with results of 3 or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • One year of CEGEP
  • 2 semesters of English/anglais
  • Biology 1
  • Chemistry 1 and 2
  • Linear Algebra 1
  • Calculus 1
  • And five additional academic courses (high-school equivalent courses not accepted) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 1 and 2
    • Extra courses will be assessed for transfer credit. Applicants with the DEC may be awarded up to one full year of transfer credit.
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Senior Secondary School Graduation Certificate
  • Grade 12 biology
  • Grade 12 chemistry
  • Grade 12 math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Grade 12 physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Lise Diplomasi
  • Senior-level biology
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • Senior-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Certificate of Education (GCE) Examinations
  • A-level biology
  • A-level chemistry
  • A-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • A-level physics
    • GCE A2 examinations with results of "C" or better, are eligible for transfer credit, up to a maximum of 18 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum average of C is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of C.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
  • Twelfth Year biology
  • Twelfth Year chemistry
  • Twelfth Year math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Twelfth Year physics
    To gain admission to this program, successful completion of the Twelfth Year of senior studies with a minimum overall average of %cutoff.hk%/5.0 required.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma
    • IB Diploma with passes in six subjects: three passes at the Standard-level and three passes at the Higher-level, or two passes at the Standard-level and four passes at the Higher-level
  • Standard or higher-level biology
  • Standard or higher-level chemistry
  • Standard or higher-level math (Math Studies will not satisfy this requirement)
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Standard or higher-level physics
    • Transfer credit is granted for IB courses with Higher-level final grades of 5 or better, to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.
    To gain admission to this program, minimum IB diploma point scores of 28 is required.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires minimum IB diploma point scores of 28.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of one of the following:
    • All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSCE)
    • Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC)
    • Indian School Certificate (ISC)
    • Intermediate Examination Certificate
    • Pre-University Examination Certificate
  • Grade XII biology
  • Grade XII chemistry
  • Grade XII math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Grade XII physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Manitoba High School Diploma
  • English 40S
  • Biology 40S
  • Chemistry 40S
  • Pre-Calculus Math 40S
  • And one additional 40S level academic subjects (no more than one at the 40G level) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 40S
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • New Brunswick High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 120, 121 or 122
  • Biology 121 or 122
  • Chemistry 121 or 122
  • Math 121 or 122 or Pre-Calc 12B
  • Advanced Math with Intro Calculus 120 or Pre-Calc 12B
  • And one additional Grade 12 academic subjects (college preparatory 120, 121 or 122) - recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 121 or 122
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Newfoundland and Labrador High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 3201
  • Biology 3201
  • Chemistry 3202
  • Math 3204 or 3205 or 3200
  • Math 3207 or Calculus 3208
  • And one additional credits at the 3000 level - recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 3204
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Nova Scotia High School Graduation Diploma
  • English 12
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Advanced Math 12 or Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Calculus 12
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 12
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Nunavut High School Graduation Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Math 31
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 30
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Northwest Territories High School Graduation Diploma
  • ELA30-1 or English 30
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Pure Math 30 or Math 30-2 or Math 30-1
  • Math 31
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 30
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • ENG4U
  • SBI4U
  • SCH4U
  • MHF4U
  • MCV4U
  • And one additional 4U or M courses - recommendation(s) below:
    • SPH4U
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.
    OUAC code YSF

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of a diploma program or at least two full semesters or one year of full-time academic study at an accredited college
  • Overall average of 3.0 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • SBI4U*
  • SCH4U*
  • MHF4U*
  • MCV4U*
  • SPH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • BScFaculty of Science

    To be considered a mature student, you must:
  • Be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University
  • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence
  • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college
  • Have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments
  • Requirements for admission:
  • SBI4U*
  • SCH4U*
  • MHF4U*
  • MCV4U*
  • SPH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Completion of at least four full-year courses or one year of full-time degree studies at an accredited university
  • Overall average of 2.3 or better on a 4-point scale (or equivalent)
  • SBI4U*
  • SCH4U*
  • MHF4U*
  • MCV4U*
  • SPH4U (recommended)
  • * Requirement (or equivalent) must have been satisfied within the previous five years
  • BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Prince Edward Island Senior Secondary School Diploma
  • English 621
  • Biology 621
  • Chemistry 611 or 621
  • Math 621A or 621B
  • Math 611B
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 621
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Quebec Grade 12 Certificate of Graduation
  • Grade 12 English
  • Grade 12 Biology
  • Grade 12 Chemistry
  • Grade 12 Linear Algebra
  • Grade 12 Calculus
  • And one additional academic (university preparation level) subjects - recommendation(s) below:
    • Grade 12 Physics
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Transcript of Secondary Level Achievement
  • English A30 and English B30
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Math B30 and C30 or Pre-calculus 30
  • Calculus 30
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 30
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • General Secondary Education Certificate
  • Senior-level biology
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • Senior-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • High School Diploma
  • Senior-level biology
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • Senior-level algebra
  • Senior-level calculus
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics
    • AP College Board examinations are eligible for transfer credit, for results of 4 or 5, up to a maximum of 30 credits. Please click here, then click “Transfer Credit Requirements” for details.

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) or National Examinations Council (NECO)
  • Senior-level biology
  • Senior-level chemistry
  • Senior-level math
  • The following course(s) are also recommended:
    • Senior-level physics

    BScFaculty of Science

    Requirements for admission:
  • Yukon High School Diploma
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Biology 12
  • Chemistry 12
  • Principles of Math 12 or Foundational Math 12 or Pre-calculus 12
  • Calculus 12
  • And recommendation(s) below:
    • Physics 12
    To gain admission to this program, your academic average should be in the low-to-mid 80s.Maintaining your offer of admission to this program requires a final academic average of 76.