Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

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.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours No
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

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.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) with a minimum grade of 3 (IB Math Studies is not accepted for programs requiring Math [Standard or Higher Level])
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level) (If you didn’t complete Biology, Chemistry, or Physics in the IB Diploma, you may meet this requirement by completing one year of this subject at the Grade 11, or junior level, under an international curriculum. Determine the level of study that satisfies this requirement)
  • Chemistry (at least one year)
  • Physics (at least one year) is strongly recommended
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