Biochemistry BSc

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Biochemistry BSc

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Key Information

  • Study Level:

    Bachelor

  • Duration:

    4 Years

  • Study Mode:

    Full Time

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Course Summary

Biochemistry is a complex, fast-paced and ever changing specialty within the Life Sciences. It involves the investigation and study of the chemical processes which underlie all aspects of life, form the chemical make-up of a bacterium’s cell walls to the actions of recombinant DNA inside complex multicellular life. It relies on concepts learned in genetics, microbiology, mathematics, physics chemistry and biology generally to delve deeply into life’s molecular secrets.

The BSc program in Biochemistry presented by Memorial University of Newfoundland offers four separate (but closely linked) degrees:

  • Biochemistry with a focus in behavioural neuroscience (B.Sc. honours)
  • Biochemistry with a focus in cell biology (B.Sc. honours)
  • Biochemistry with a focus in chemistry (B.Sc. honours)
  • Biochemistry with a focus in physics (B.Sc. honours)

This program allows you to become involved with the university’s world renowned research output even at the undergraduate level via summer research programs like the Memorial University Career Experience Program and the Student Undergraduate Research Award.

If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

Course Outline

This degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.

Biochemistry Modules Include:

  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Biochemical Regulation
  • Biochemical Research Techniques I
  • Biochemical Research Techniques II
  • Biochemistry for Nurses
  • Biochemistry Laboratory
  • Bioenergetics and Biological Oxidation
  • Community Nutrition
  • Current Topics in Biochemistry
  • Eukaryotic Gene Regulation and Developmental Biology
  • Food Chemistry
  • Food Microbiology
  • Food, Food Safety, and Health
  • Fundamentals of Human Nutrition
  • Human Physiology
  • Immunology
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Introduction to Human Nutrition
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics I
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology and Genetics II
  • Lipid and Lipoprotein Metabolism
  • Membranes – Structure and Function
  • Metabolism I
  • Metabolism II
  • Molecular Biochemistry of the Cell
  • Molecular Biology Laboratory
  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology I
  • Nucleic Acid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology II
  • Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics
  • Nutrition and Disease
  • Nutritional Biochemistry and Metabolism Laboratory
  • Physical Biochemistry
  • Prokaryotic Gene Regulation
  • Proteins
  • Special Topics in Biochemistry
  • Special Topics in Nutrition
  • Sports and Exercise Nutrition
  • Techniques in Nutrition Research

Learning And Teaching

Memorial University’s School of Arts and Sciences relies upon many different learning and teaching methods, depending on the subject being taught. These can include lectures and seminars, professional skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs.  

The Biochemistry program in particular will give you plenty of experience in practical lab work and academic research techniques, preparing you for nearly any life sciences career pathway..

Career Possibilities

This degree will prepare you for many different life sciences careers. Some students will seek out Master’s level programs in Biology, or will enter into professional programs such as Medicine or Veterinary Medicine. Others will seek immediate employment. Because of Memorial’s great reputation in this field, you’ll be in a very competitive choice as an academic or industrial researcher, technical sales representative, marketing consultant, scientific or technical writer, or even a biomedical engineer.

Entry & Credit

Successful completion will result in a 4 year BSc degree. 

Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school program, or the international equivalent. Entry is competitive, and they should be able to show good overall grades. Most admissions will be competitive.

 All classes are taught in English unless otherwise noted, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test.

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