Cross the bridge between biology and chemistry to study the very foundations of life.


Make a difference in the fields of agriculture, genetics, forensics and many others with a degree in biochemistry.  

Do you see yourself working as a scientist in a role that makes a real difference? With biochemistry, you can help create safe synthetic drugs, help forensic teams solve crimes, improve agricultural and food development, and much more.

Explore life processes from the heart of the life sciences. Study the structure, properties, and biological activities of life at a molecular level.

Learn the fundamentals of biochemical principles and practical techniques that you can apply in a wide range of industries, and across many different professions.

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Key Features

Become involved in research projects with professors and scientists at the Northeast Cancer Centre or the Northern Ontario School of Medicine
Be involved in scientific research that makes a real difference in advancing our understanding of life and how to improve it
Formal lectures and lab sessions provide a hands-on approach to instrumentation

Career Opportunities

Graduates can rest assured knowing there is a multitude of career options they can explore post-graduation. Some career options include, but are not limited to:

  • Biochemical and medical research
  • Biotechnology
  • Chiropractic
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Dentistry
  • Graduate studies
  • Laboratory management
  • Medicine
  • Optometry
  • Patent law
  • Pharmaceuticals and pharmacy
  • Quality control in the food industry
  • Veterinary medicine

Many of these careers can be found in the public and private sector.

Alyssa Murray

Alyssa Murray is a third-year B.Sc. Specialization in Biochemistry Student at Laurentian University.

“Throughout my three years at LU, I have really enjoyed my university experience.  Being a relatively small university, I equate Laurentian to be a supportive community that encourages one another.  Every year I am overwhelmed with how welcoming and helpful all of the students, professors, lab techs and teaching assistants in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department are. 

As the years progress in the Biochemistry program, the labs and the classes become much more specific and tailored to real world applications.  All of our labs are very hands on with the opportunity to use and familiarize yourself with instruments and techniques that are used in biochemical research.  There are also plenty of opportunities to get research experience with summer lab internships and also in the Experimental Biochemistry class where you get to go into biochemical research labs at Laurentian, the Health Sciences North Research Institute and the Northern Ontario School of Medicine to get a glimpse into what research is really like. 

The majority of the classes that you are required to take in the Biochemistry program are very useful in getting a good background in chemistry, biochemistry and biology by professors who are very passionate about what they teach.

The class sizes in upper years are very small (I currently have a class of 10 people).  The impact of class size may not seem like much going into university but the difference in learning between a class of 300 and a class of 10 is enormous. With the smaller classes, you have the opportunity to have one on one interactions with your professor, for them to learn your name and get to know you as both a student and an individual”.

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