Biochemistry Major (Science Program) - ASMAJ1762

Enrolment Requirements

This is a limited enrolment program. Students must have completed 4.0 credits and meet the requirements listed below to enrol.

Variable Minimum Grade Average
A minimum grade average is needed for entry, and this minimum changes each year depending on available spaces and the number of applicants. The following courses or their equivalents must be completed:

To ensure that students admitted to the program will be successful, applicants with a final grade lower than 60%, or a grade average lower than 70% in these required courses will not be considered for admission. Please note that obtaining this minimum final grade or minimum grade average does not guarantee admission to the program. While it is difficult to predict what will be competitive course marks and average in a given year, based on previous years, the estimate is: course marks = mid 70s; average = mid 70s. The underlying numeric final mark in each of your courses required for program enrolment will be used by the relevant academic unit to determine your eligibility.

Applications from students lacking numerical grades in one or more of the specified prerequisites, or students applying in their second or later years, may be considered on the basis of their entire academic record and the availability of space in the program. In addition to applying through ACORN, students applying in their second year or later are asked to please contact the department directly at, specify which program you would like to be considered for, and provide your student number.

Please consult the Arts & Science Program Toolkit or the departmental website at for more information.

Completion Requirements

(8.0 credits, including 1.0 credit at the 400-level)

First Year:

  1. BIO120H1, BIO130H1
  2. ( CHM135H1, CHM136H1)/ CHM151Y1
  3. ( MAT135H1, MAT136H1)/ MAT137Y1/​ MAT157Y1

Second Year:

  1. BCH210H1
  2. BIO230H1/​ BIO255H1
  3. CHM247H1/​ CHM249H1

Third Year:

  1. BCH311H1
  2. BCH370H1
  3. CHM217H1/​ CHM220H1/​ BCH340H1
  4. 1.0 credit from CHM217H1*/ CHM220H1*/ BCH340H1* (* if not taken for the requirement immediately above)/ BIO220H1/​ one of BIO260H1 or HMB265H1/​ JPM300H1.

Note: The department is open to the use of 300-level non-field course(s) in CHM/CSB/EEB/HMB/IMM/LMP/MGY/PCL/PSL to fulfill Requirement 4, but students must seek approval from the department prior to course enrolment.

Fourth Year:
1.0 credit from: BCH422H1, BCH425H1, BCH426H1, BCH428H1, BCH440H1, BCH444H1, BCH445H1, BCH446H1, BCH448H1, BCH449H1, CHM447H1, MGY441H1