Biochemistry and Microbiology

Student Sarah Khan in a lab looking at samples

Undergraduate studies

Gain the lab skills and modern molecular techniques needed to succeed in biotechnology and the biomedical sciences. Sarah Khan won the prestigous 3M National Student Fellowship and is working toward a future as a family physician.

Undergraduate studies
Student Julian Smazynsk in a lab

Graduate studies

Engage in research that has the potential to improve health and the environment. PhD student Julian Smazynski is engineering immune cells in order to target and kill cancer cells.

Graduate studies
Researcher Caren Helbing in a lab with two students looking at a laptop

Research that makes an impact

We're recognized internationally for our research programs. Researchers like Caren Helbing, who develops tools to assess the effect of environmental pollutants on development and disease, work to improve lives.

Our research
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Study biochemistry with us

Biochemists seek explanations for the molecular basis of life and includes some of the most exciting areas of the life sciences, including cancer research, drug developments, personalized medicine and biotechnology.

Our biochemistry program
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Study microbiology with us

Microbiology is the study of life that is too small to see without a microscope. Bacteria and viruses are everywhere—from arctic ice to gastrointestinal tracts, from pristine lakes to polluted bogs.

Our microbiology program

Service updates in response to COVID-19

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Biochemistry and Microbiology general office has shifted from in-person to remote support.

All BCMB staff can be reached via email.

We continue to take advice and guidance from governments and health authorities concerning the health and safety of our community and will re-open in-person services as appropriate.

Biochemistry and Microbiology Course Offerings for September 2020

Courses offered via face-to-face instruction

Courses offered via alternative modes of instruction (primarily on-line and synchronous)


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Interested in the molecular basis of life?

At UVic, we combine biochemistry and microbiology. These are the disciplines central to molecular biology and biotechnology. We're working on the development of diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics for some of the most pressing health problems.

Our undergraduate courses emphasize modern laboratory techniques and will give you the skills to launch your career. You can get research experience working with experts in our honours and co-op programs or directed studies and research experience courses.

Our graduate students study and work alongside researchers on projects that include microbial pathogenesis, immunology, epigenetics and gene regulation.

Find your edge in UVic's Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology