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What will I learn?

Biochemistry may not give you the answers to the meaning of life, but it can tell you how life works. As a biochemist, you will study the chemical processes that occur within the cells of living organisms. You could use your knowledge of cellular processes and molecular inheritance to combat disease, engineer pest-resistant crops, or develop microorganisms to clean up oil spills. Concordia’s Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry features state-of-the-art labs and equipment including the Biomolecular Function, Interactions and Structure facility (BIOFINS) which houses a collection of instruments that is unique in Eastern Canada. Small class sizes foster strong student–professor relationships, and our teaching labs introduce you to the techniques used in the field. You will also: study the role of proteins, carbohydrates and lipids in cellular processes; examine biochemical responses to toxic compounds in the environment; receive extensive training in research methodology; perform original research as an undergraduate (honours and specialization students only); Concordia’s honours and specialization in Biochemistry programs are accredited by the Ordre des chimistes du Quebec. Concentrations: Honours in Biochemistry (72 credits); Specialization in Biochemistry (69 credits); Major in Biochemistry (45 credits). The Biochemistry Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a Co-op student, you will work for firms where you may: analyze anti-viral compounds; clone and express genes; perform cell culture, receptor and enzyme assays; detect biomolecular interactions. Some biochemistry alumni pursue graduate studies. Others establish careers in the pharmaceutical and health science sector, environmental or government laboratories, or in the fields of genetic engineering, biotechnology and nanotechnology.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Science

Study options

Full Time (Minimum of three or four years)

Tuition fees
Tuition Fee: AUD $13,140 for 18 credits
Start date

Expected January, September 2021

Venue

Faculty of Arts and Science

Loyola Campus,

7141 Sherbrooke St. W.,

MONTREAL,

Quebec (QC),

H4B 1R6, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Other English language requirements: TOEFL (paper-based) score 577 or higher; MELAB min. score: 85, 3 on speaking test; CAEL min. score: 70; CAE min. score: A; CPE (advanced qualification for proficient users only) min. score: C.

For international students

Additional Requirements for Cegep Students: Mathematics 103 or 201-NYA and 203 or 201-NYB and 105 or 201-NYC; Physics 101 or 203-NYA and 201 or 203-NYB and 301 or 203-NYC; Chemistry 101 or 202-NYA and 201 or 202-NYB; Biology 301 or 101-NYA or Natural Science DEC or DEC integre en sciences, lettres et arts. Minimum Cut-off Averages: Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs. Quebec Cegep (CRC): 20.000 (Honours: 28.000); Canadian High Schools: 70% (Honours: 85 per cent); U.S. High Schools: 2.6 (Honours: 3.3); University Transfers: C+ (Honours: B+); International Bacc. (IB): 27 (Honours: 33); Bacc. Français: 11/20 (Honours: 14/20); Science programs require completion of Serie S (Sciences) Bacc. Francais. Make sure you also meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements. Quebec: You must complete a two-year, pre-university program or a three-year professional DEC (Diplome detudes collégiales). CRC minimum requirements for admission vary between 19.000 and 30.000; however, based on space availability, students below this average may be considered. Other parts of Canada: You must be a high school graduate, depending on which province you are from. Applicant from other countries must have the requirements equivalent to Canada. English language requirements: Direct Admission: TOEFL (paper-based) score between 540 and 576. Conditional Admission: TOEFL (paper-based) score between 505 and 539; MELAB minimum score of 74, 2 on speaking tests; CAEL minimum score of 50; CAE minimum score of C; CPE (advanced qualification for proficient users only) minimum score of C.

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