Biochemistry Specialist (Science Program) - ASSPE1762

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 constitute "competitive" course marks in a given year, based on previous years the estimate is: course marks = mid 80s; average = mid 80s. 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.

(14.0 credits, including at least 2.5 credits at the 400-level)

First Year:

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

First or Second Year:
( PHY131H1, PHY132H1)/( PHY151H1, PHY152H1)
[ PHY131H1, PHY132H1 recommended]

Second Year:

  1. BCH242Y1
  2. MGY280H1
  3. BIO230H1/​ BIO255H1
  4. STA220H1
  5. CHM247H1/​ CHM249H1
  6. BIO260H1/​ HMB265H1 (See NOTE 1)

Third Year:

  1. BCH340H1, BCH377H1
  2. MGY311Y1

Fourth Year:

  1. BCH478H1
  2. 2.0 credits including at least 1.0 credit in BCH from: BCH422H1, BCH425H1, BCH426H1, BCH428H1, BCH440H1, BCH444H1, BCH445H1, BCH446H1, BCH448H1, BCH449H1, BCH450H1, BCH479H1, BCB420H1, CHM447H1, MGY420H1, MGY425H1, MGY428H1, MGY441H1, MGY450H1, MGY470H1. Up to 1.0 credit from research project courses ( BCH372Y1/​ BCH374Y1/​ BCH472Y1/​ BCH473Y1) may count towards this requirement (See NOTE 2).
  3. Additional courses (to bring the program total to 14.0 credits) from the following list: BIO220H1/​ CHM217H1/​ CHM220H1 (See NOTE 3)/ CHM223H1/​ one of CSC108H1 or CSC148H1/​ MAT235Y1/​ MAT237Y1/​ STA221H1/​ JPM300H1/​ any suitable 300-level course from CHM/CSB/EEB/HMB/IMM/LMP/MGY/PCL/PSL (departmental approval required)


  1. Alternatively, BIO260H1 may be taken in third year (due to timetable conflicts BIO260H1 may not be taken in 2nd year).
  2. Additional BCH research project courses can be taken as part of the 20.0 credits needed for your degree.
  3. CHM220H1 is highly recommended for students who are interested in pursuing studies in the physical aspects of biochemistry such as structural biology and molecular biophysics.