Biochemistry and Molecular Biology student in a lab

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Explore how molecules work in living systems and develop a deeper understanding of how simple biochemical interactions support life. A biochemistry and molecular biology degree gives you the foundation to further your study in medicine, pharmacy, biochemistry, molecular biology, biotechnology or a career in teaching.

Degree
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Campus
Prince George
Credits
127 credits,  4 Years,
Part-time available
Experiential Learning
Co-op,  Faculty Supervised Research,  Study Abroad,  Undergraduate Research Experience
Honours Option
Yes
Intakes
Jan,  May,  Sep

Program Details

You will begin your studies with a broad range of courses in natural sciences, followed by an introduction to biochemistry in your second year. In the third year, explore DNA – the blueprint of life; proteins – the machines that make our bodies work; and a wide range of other molecular topics.

Your degree culminates in your fourth year with courses in oncology, the evolution of life, advanced genetics, and much more. 

Acquire the necessary expertise in the foundations of biochemistry, such as organic and physical chemistry and then explore how biological molecules operate in living systems. Learn how science asks questions and develop an understanding of the workings of nature.

Program Website Academic Calendar

Career Paths

  • Physician
  • Government researcher
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacist
  • Scientist
  • Forensic scientist
The biochemistry and molecular biology degree includes extensive training in practical laboratory skills, such as DNA fingerprinting, which are essential in careers in the natural sciences, criminal forensics, laboratory technician programs and a variety of industries.

Pursue graduate studies in immunology, molecular genetics, developmental biology, nanotechnology, science policy or law.

Why at UNBC

  • Work in research labs during your first semester on campus
  • Combine the rigours of chemistry with the fascination of living systems
  • Learn from faculty whose research interests include cancer biology, RNA metabolism, beetle pheromones, plant genetics, and salmon physiology
  • This is a traditional major for students with biomedical interests

Credit Courses

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Admission Requirements

Domestic Admission Requirements

View the full list of Approved Academic Grade 12 Courses

More high school admission requirements (including out-of-province, International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement)

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

High School Requirements (applicable for B.C. and Yukon)

Overall average of 65% minimum in the following:

  • English Studies 12 or English First Peoples 12
  • Pre-Calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Approved Academic Grade 12 Course
  • Additional Grade 12 Course (Elective or Academic)

Other requirements: Life Sciences 11 or Anatomy & Physiology 12**; Physics 11
**Anatomy & Physiology 12 can be counted as one of the Approved Academic Grade 12 courses.

International Admission Requirements

International Student Requirements

Transfer Requirements

  • Have attempted at least 15 credit hours of post-secondary transferrable coursework from a recognized institution
  • Be in good academic standing at the transfer institution
  • Have a 2.0 GPA from the most recent 30 credits prior to transfer
  • For the purposes of verifying any outstanding first-year prerequisites, high school transcripts may be requested

Detailed transfer requirements

Tuition and Fees

Approximate Costs per Academic Year

(30 credit hours, 10 courses)

  Domestic International
Tuition* $5,530 $22,020
Student Fees* $990 $1,680
Books* $1,600 $1,600

* Tuition, fees and books are subject to change and vary among programs.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

View the hundreds of available scholarships, bursaries, and awards.

  • 1 in 4 students receive a UNBC financial award.
  • $3,500,000 in financial awards given each year.
Awards and Financial Aid

We Are Here to Help

This is your personal guide through every step of the admissions process. We are here for one reason: to support you. We help every part of the admissions process make sense. Just ask us.

Email: futurestudents@unbc.ca
Phone: 250-960-6306

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