Top Reasons to study Biochemistry
at the University of Manitoba

1) You’re intrigued by the study of the chemical composition, activity and constituents of living systems.

Biochemistry is the discipline that attempts to understand ourselves and our interactions with nature from the direction of the physical sciences. It is the study of the chemistry of life.

2) You seek academic excellence in two fascinating areas of life sciences.

Our microbiology and chemistry departments share in the teaching and administration of this program, with excellent faculty members who all have externally-funded research programs, including two Canada Research Chairs.

3) We have outstanding hands-on research experiences.

The Honours and cooperative work-study (co-op) programs provide experience in government, private sector, and research laboratories.

4) Open up a full range of opportunities.

We offer strong links to other programs in science and medicine, in topics ranging from chemistry to microbiology to biology including cellular signaling and cancer biology, molecular biology, structural biology, biophysics and bioenergetics, genomics, and genetics. Many courses include laboratory components to develop skills in scientific techniques and offer excellent preparation for graduate programs.

What will I learn?

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Program Options

  • 4-year Majors
  • 4-year Honours
  • 4-year plus 1-year work term Honours (Co-op)
  • 4-year plus 1-year work term Major (Co-op)
Sample Courses
  • CHEM 1310: An Introduction to Physical Chemistry
  • BIOL 1020: Principles and Themes
  • MBIO 1010: Microbiology 1
  • MBIO 2020: Microbiology II
  • MBIO 2360: Biochemistry 1: Biomolecules and an Introduction to Metabolic Energy
  • MBIO 2370: Biochemistry 2: Catabolism, Synthesis, and Information Pathways
  • CHEM 3570: Biophysical Chemistry
  • CHEM 4360:  Signaling and Regulation of Gene Expression
  • MBIO 4540: Biological Energy Transduction

Minimum High School Prerequisites

Manitoba high school graduation with five full credits at the Grade 12 level in courses designated as S, G or U. A minimum 85 percent average over the following courses, with no less than 60 percent in each course:

  • English 40S
  • Pre-Calculus Math 40S (required)
  • Chemistry 40S (required)
  • Physics 40S (required)
  • One of Biology 40S (required for Biochemistry), or Computer Science 40S


If you don’t have the appropriate high school courses, or you would like to refresh your knowledge in a subject area, the University offers the following preparatory courses.

Biology BIOL 1000, Biology: Foundations of Life
Chemistry CSKL 100,  Chemistry Skills, Offered through Extended Education
Mathematics, Math Skills, Offered through Extended Education
Physics, PSKL 100, Physics Skills, Offered through Extended Education

What Can I do with this degree?

Career Opportunities

Your science degree opens doors to many careers in science, or you can go on to further study in a science related field, graduate program, or professional degree program, such as education, dentistry, medicine, optometry, pharmacy, rehabilitation sciences, or veterinary medicine.

Biochemistry graduates can be found working in:

  • Medical Research
  • Public Health
  • Natural sciences research
  • Industrial microbiology or chemistry: producing antibiotics, vaccines, bioethanol, enzymes and antibodies
Opportunities for Future Studies

The University of Manitoba offers graduate programs in Biochemistry for Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees.