Biochemistry and Molecular Biology deals with the structure and function of proteins, nucleic acids, carbohydrates, and lipids – the basic constituents of living cells. Biochemists work to understand the structure of cells and how they function at the molecular level. This program includes a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover metabolic pathways, the chemistry of winemaking, pharmacology, and more.
- Campus: Okanagan
- Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
- Degree: Bachelor of Science
- 4 yrs Length
- Yes Co-op Option
- No Honours Option
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is the study of the chemical compounds and processes that occur in plants, animals, and microorganisms. You can specialize in General Biochemistry, Medical Biochemistry, or Wine and Plant Biochemistry. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology can lead to work in mass producing chemicals that are usually found in the body in tiny amounts; mapping the human genetic code; and creating genetically engineered crops that are more resistant to adverse weather conditions, spoilage, disease, and pests. Options include General Biochemistry; Wine & Plant (suitable for students wishing to pursue a career in oenology, viticulture, plant and food science); and Medical Biochemistry.
Experiential learning and research
The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program includes a strong lab component, which is essential for students working in this area. The program also allows you to do a directed studies research project with various professors in both chemistry and biology. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase these student projects.
You can connect with your peers who are interested in or studying biochemistry and molecular biology through the Biochemistry Course Union, a student organization on UBC’s Okanagan campus.
- Directed-studies research project
- Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference
- Biochemistry Course Union