BSc student Dylan Collins
BSc student Dylan Collins worked with the BC Centre for Disease Control as part of a team that developed a province-wide program to reduce injury and deaths from overdoses of opioid drugs—such as morphine and heroin—using an “antidote” drug called naloxone.

Do you want to become a biochemist or microbiologist? How about a career in biotechnology? Are you interested in biomedical science?

How to get where you want to be!

Biochemistry and Microbiology is where students learn molecular biology and gain the skills needed in biotechnology and the biomedical sciences. Many students use Biochemistry and Microbiology programs to qualify for medicine, dentistry or veterinary medicine.



  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Proteomics
  • Molecular Structure and Function
  • Cancer and Immunology

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  • Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • Bioinformatics
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Synthetic Biology

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Watch our undergraduate orientation video.

Our programs share courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. These Year 1 and 2 courses provide everything you need to embark on a Biochemistry or Microbiology program.

Laboratory Skills

Our laboratory courses begin in year 2. Here you will learn modern molecular techniques - you will learn by doing. These lab courses are key to beginning a career in molecular life sciences.

Specialize your program

In years 3 and 4, you can use your optional courses to focus in areas that interest you. We offer Honours programs for 4th year students to work in a research laboratory. The Co-operative Education program puts you to work throughout your program in biotechnology, government, hospital, or university research laboratories.

Need to take less than the normal course load?

Our programs are based on the assumption that you will be taking 5 courses per term.  If you plan to take less than this, or if you cannot take them in the recommended order, please check our FAQs for some suggestions that will help you avoid pitfalls as you progress.

Cheating and plagiarsim policy

The Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology upholds and enforces the University's policies on plagiarism and cheating. These policies are described in the current University Calendar. Additionally, please check our Departmental policies regarding plagarism, cheating and use of cell phones, computers and other electronic devices.

Need help?

Contact our undergraduate advisor .