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Biochemistry

Biochemistry

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  • Health & Biomedical Stream (Biology & Biochemistry)
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Program Highlights & Admission Requirements

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This is where chemistry comes to life. If you’re interested in the chemistry of DNA, proteins, and enzymes, as well as the fundamental relationships between chemistry and living organisms, you’ll find this program fascinating. You’ll be in a lab within weeks of starting school and have the chance to do research throughout the program and even participate in a co-op internship. Biochemistry prepares you for professions from the lab to Law.


Sample Course: Genetics, Pharmacology, Natural Products, Cell Membrane Biochemistry, Biotechnology Lab


Career Tracks: Professional schools (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry), biopharmaceutical and biotechnological industrial researcher, health researcher

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: Advanced Functions/MHF4U, Chemistry/SCH4U, Biology/SBI4U
Strongly Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Minimum Average: 70% (75% average of all required science and math courses)
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 86%
Note: Biochemistry students may apply to co-op internship in third year.

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

Calling all future health professionals! This program gives you a strong background in biomedical sciences, fundamental to health and medicine. You’ll be in a lab within the first two weeks of this program and get the chance to conduct undergraduate research with hands-on learning in courses like CURE. You’ll work alongside clinical researchers and medical professionals to learn about funding, project management, communication and other issues of cancer and health research.


Sample Courses: Human Anatomy, Genetics, Molecular Cell Biology, Cancer Undergraduate Research Education (CURE), Principles of Neuroscience, Biotechnology Laboratory, Pharmacology for Health Sciences


Career Tracks: Professional school (medicine, pharmacy, dentistry), industrial and government research and development, health and biomedical research in graduate studies, clinical researcher

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: Advanced Functions/MHF4U, Chemistry/SCH4U, Biology/SBI4U
Strongly Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Recommended: Physics/SPH4U
Minimum Average: 75% (75% average of all science and math courses required, excluding Math of Data Management/MDM4U)
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 88%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies

If high achievement and diverse academic pursuits are in your DNA, this elite program is for you. It’s for students who want to develop knowledge and skills in the sciences, arts, humanities and social sciences. Blend your interests – drama with biomedical sciences or biochemistry with music. You can tailor your program to match your interests and career aspirations. Our students can pursue diverse career opportunities or go on to do research or graduate degrees in their field. This program is small by design to give your talents the attention they deserve.


Sample Courses: Introduction to Interdisciplinary Arts and Science; Modes and Methods of Inquiry; Inquiry and Communication; Science, Ethics and Social Policy


Specialization Options: Students choose a major or double major and a minor (in FAHSS or Science). Available major and minor concentrations: Anthrozoology; Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry; Communication, Media and Film; Computer Science; Dramatic Art; Economics; English Language, Literature and Creative Writing; History; Languages, Literatures and Civilizations; Mathematics and Statistics; Music and Visual Arts; Philosophy; Physics; Political Science; Psychology; Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology; Women’s and Gender Studies


Career Tracks: Professional school (medicine, dentistry, pharmacy), law, graduate studies, medical director

Admission requirements for Applicants in Canada


Course Requirements: Advanced Functions/MHF4U and two of Biology/SBI4U, Physics/SPH4U, or Chemistry/SCH4U
Strongly Recommended: Calculus & Vectors/MCV4U
Minimum Average: 80%
Mean Average (Entering Fall 2019): 85%

* Average over six Grade 12 academic courses.

Learn more about Course Equivalencies
  • Co-op Co-op Available
  • G General
  • H Honours
  • T Thesis Available
  • C Combined Honours programs available

Functional Knowledge

  • Understanding and analyzing cellular and other biological/chemical structures, organ systems, and various processes involved in their interrelation
  • Testing and assessing materials to identify potential chemical reactions and determine concerns
  • Operating advanced scientific laboratory equipment and instruments; implementing appropriate techniques for studying chemical processes and reactions
  • Planning, conducting, recording, and presenting scientific research to a high degree of competency
  • Designing experimental studies to accomplish targeted goals or test specific hypotheses

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Number of Graduates (2018)

Shelby Koschuck

"The small class sizes at UWindsor allowed me to receive the necessary one on one attention when I was not understanding the material. For this reason, I was able to have a great core knowledge of my science classes that has helped me to excel in dental school."

Shelby Koschuck
BSc (Honours) in Biochemistry [2016]

Career Tracks*


  • Agricultural scientist
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Ecological assessor
  • Environmental consultant
  • Food inspector
  • Food technician
  • Health educator
  • Industrial hygienist
  • Lab technician
  • Laboratory supervisor
  • Land surveyor
  • Lawyer
  • Medical director
  • Nutritionist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmaceutical salesperson
  • Pharmacist
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Quality assurance supervisor
  • Radiation therapist
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Soil tester
  • Teacher
  • Toxicologist
  • Veterinarian
  • Water treatment technician

* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.


Common sectors for graduates

  • Academia: Advanced chemical research
  • Biomedical and biotechnical research
  • Chemicals, petrochemicals and pharmaceuticals
  • Education: Curriculum design, teaching
  • Food sciences, production, and regulation
  • Government: Research and policy development
  • Health-care professions
  • Industry: Consulting, product development/testing
  • Patent law
  • Physical science industries

Apply to UWindsor


With the programs you want and smaller student-to-faculty ratios, you can get the hands-on learning that’s sure to set you on a journey to a future you’ll be proud of.


How to Apply

Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of opportunities recommended for students in your program. This chart shows some of your many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.


HIP

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration, such as:

  • Co-op, internship or field experiences
  • Research with faculty
  • Culminating senior experience
  • Capstone courses
  • Service-learning
  • Learning communities
  • Study abroad

Career Planning Cycle

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation and beyond. It is a fluid, dynamic, and lifelong process. You can move on or return to an earlier stage in the cycle at any time.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.

Academics

Curriculum

Courses of study specific to each program

Co-Curricular

Co-Curricular

Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)

Extracurricular

Extracurricular

Activities falling outside the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics)