Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Why study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at UBC’s Okanagan campus?
Learn from researchers deciphering genetic code, developing disease-fighting pharmaceuticals, and studying protein structures—just a few of the topics our renowned biochemistry professors are exploring.
Access to professors
Visit your professor during office hours, volunteer to assist with a research project, or apply to work as a teaching assistant delivering labs, tutorials, and even lectures.
Join the Biochemistry Course Union where you can build friendships, get involved in advocacy, and gain increased access to career resources. Upper-year students are also available to provide support over the summer and throughout the academic year.
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network, and earn money to pay for tuition.
what you need to know
Get your UBC degree in biochemistry and molecular biology, which specifically 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. They look at the role of these macromolecules in metabolic pathways, how the pathways are controlled and the consequences of genetic or metabolic disruption of pathways.
At UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree with two options for biochemistry and molecular biology: a major in biochemistry, or a major in medical and molecular biology.
UBC Okanagan’s biochemistry and molecular biology program includes a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover metabolic pathways, the chemistry of winemaking, pharmacology, and more.
- BIOL 200 — Cell Biology
- CHEM 204 — Organic Chemistry
- BIOC 310 — Plant Biochemistry
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The following links take you to biochemistry and molecular biology program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia:
Bachelor of Science (BSc)
- BSc major in biochemistry and molecular biology
- BSc biochemistry and molecular biology honours program
Communications and Rhetoric Certificate
Students can receive a Certificate in Communications and Rhetoric by completing 15 credits through courses from four thematic interdisciplinary and relational clusters, and a final capstone project. This is an add on to any major; some credits can be double-counted.
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For your application to be considered, you will need to:
- meet general requirements (e.g., graduate from secondary school)
- demonstrate a certain level of English competency
- meet specific requirements for the degree you’re applying to
Then, UBC will take a closer look at your application. We’ll read your Personal Profile to get a sense of who you are and what you’ve achieved. We’ll also look at all of your Grade 11 (junior level) and Grade 12 (senior level) courses, paying special attention to the courses that relate to the degree you’re applying to.
Find your specific requirements at https://you.ubc.ca/
WHEN TO DECLARE YOUR MAJOR
Declaring helps you plan your program more effectively, build your education, and stay connected.
Students are encouraged to declare their major in biochemistry and molecular biology at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for admission requirements.
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.
UBC Okanagan’s fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.
Apply to UBC at you.ubc.ca—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world’s top universities.
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Your Career Options
Build a broad foundation and great career potential with a UBC degree—respected by employers around the globe. Continue to graduate school, or work in allied fields such as microbiology, food science, pharmacology, and more.
- Analytical chemist
- Biochemical educator
- Biochemical researcher
- Biomedical researcher
- Cancer researcher
- Clinical biochemist
- Drug development officer
- Environmental auditor
- Environmental health officer
- Food product inspector
- Food service technologist
- Forensic analyst
- Genetic technician
- Hazardous waste
- Industrial hygienist
- Nutrition researcher
- Pharmaceutical research assistant
- Public health inspector
- Scientific journalist
- Toxicology assistant
- Wine scientist
- Biochemical, biological, engineering, environmental control, health care, or scientific research firms
- Government ministries, research, or health agencies
- Manufacturing or processing industries
- Medical, clinical, or diagnostic laboratories
- Post-secondary institutions
- Toxicological sciences, including RCMP and cancer research institutes
Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to:
- build your resumé with professional experience
- learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs
- expand your network of industry contacts
- earn money to pay for tuition
Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
The Irving K. Barber Faculty of Science offers MSc and PhD degrees in biochemistry and molecular biology. UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have a biology or chemistry department faculty member as their primary supervisor.
Gain Valuable Experience
Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.
- See the world through Go Global, a UBC program for exchange and study with more than 150 international partner institutions. Experience university life abroad as a resident, or earn academic credit while participating in summer group-study courses led by UBC profs.
- Travel to conferences or competitions with financial assistance made available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.
Follow your ideas and jump-start your career:
- Pursue innovative and original research as part of the Undergraduate Research Awards.
- Volunteer as a research assistant or pursue directed studies or honours opportunities, some of the many opportunities for undergraduate students to gain valuable research experience.
Get a financial boost to start your research experience. Pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look impressive on your resumé.
- Undergraduate Research Awards: The URA offers an $8,000 salary plus a maximum of $1,500 for research expenses, for a total of up to $9,500 per student. For international students, the IURA offers a $9,000 salary plus a maximum of $1,500 for research expenses, for a total of up to $10,500 per student.
- NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards: Minimum $7,500
- Rogers Family Charity Trust Award in Biology: $6,500
- Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.
- Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
- Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
Meet Your Peers and Profs
Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s biochemistry and molecular biology program: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
WELCOME TO UBC’S OKANAGAN CAMPUS
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the biochemistry and molecular biology program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.
- Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at you.ubc.ca.
- Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
- Visit the campus for a personal guided tour led by a student ambassador.
- Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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On the first day of university, faculties offer “Meet the Faculty” sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation: CREATE.
Attend an orientation tailored to your needs as an Indigenous student, domestic student, international student, or student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.
- Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who’ve been there, done that.
- Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
- Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
- The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres, including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development, and coursework.
- Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.
Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.
Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.
- Make friends with similar interests and explore career options with the Biochemistry Course Union.
- Join the Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE) Mentoring Program which supports the success of young women transitioning from their undergraduate education to a career in science or engineering.
- Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.
Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.
UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, includes a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.
Find out more about living in residence.
UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.
More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna’s cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.
UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.
A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.
Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at you.ubc.ca.