Biochemistry student doing lab work.

Biochemistry is the study of living organisms at the molecular level.
Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Science
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As part of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mount Allison's biochemistry program is designed to provide students with a solid science foundation in the first two years, with paths for specialization in third and fourth years.

You will begin your studies by examining the world around you at the molecular level, with courses including:

  • introductory biochemistry
  • introductory chemistry
  • cell biology
  • organic or analytical chemistry
  • enzymology and metabolism

Third year is a pivotal year in the program as you will take core lab courses that lay the foundation for research in biochemistry, including lab only courses like Molecular Analyses and Experiential Biochemistry.

Upper year courses concentrate on sub-disciplines of biochemistry, with topics like:

  • nucleic acids
  • molecular structure of the immune system
  • animal, bacterial, and plant viruses
  • protein structures and function
  • biochemical ecology
  • lipids and membranes
  • signal transduction
  • animal physiology

Biochemistry is an interdisciplinary program, which means you may also take courses in biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, and mathematics.

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry emphasizes experiential learning — you will graduate with 600 to 1,200 hours of lab experience, developing important analytical and presentation skills along the way.

Research is a key component of the department's approach. You will be encouraged to take advantage of faculty-supervised independent research, job opportunities as summer research assistants, and chances to contribute to faculty research projects, which often leads to co-authoring a paper with your professor for publication.

Major and honours programs are accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry.

Find a list of biochemistry courses in the academic calendar – biochemistry.

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