The Departments of Chemistry & Biochemistry and Biological Sciences jointly offer a multi-disciplinary major in Biochemistry for the 40-course Bachelor of Science (BSc). You can also select a General Major in the Sciences and choose Biochemistry courses as options.
The Biochemistry program will help you develop a strong background in the basic sciences and extensive laboratory skills. Thereby, the biochemistry program provides background for a diverse range of careers in the life sciences, including professional programs such as medicine and veterinary medicine.
Biochemistry is the study of all living systems at the molecular level. It looks at the chemical and physical basis of life and how these microcosms interact with their environments. It is a demanding field that combines expertise in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics.
Versatility and intense curiosity are the hallmarks of successful Biochemists, as they draw on knowledge from a variety of fields to investigate the molecules that facilitate life.
Please explore our site to find out more about Biochemistry.
Congratulations - You’re a Biochemistry major at the UofL! Now what?
First, you’ll need to decide what courses to take and make sure they are offered when you need to take them. You may find you need some help with this process and we are here to answer your questions and provide support as you complete your degree.
The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry is located in University Hall, 8th floor in the E section and the central office is E866, so please stop by.
Another valuable resource is our Program Planning Guides, guidelines for determining what courses you need to take and when. Please download them below. For additional advice visit our department office at E866 or A&S Advising in SU060.
While pursuing your degree at the UofL there are several opportunities to determine which area of Chemistry or Biochemistry best suits you. You can work in a research lab on an Independent or Applied Study, as a research assistant or even full-time as a Co-op student.
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is home to many advanced instruments which enable cutting-edge research. These tools include nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infra-red, Raman, UVvisible, atomic absorption spectrometers, macromolecular x-ray diffractometer, isothermal titration calorimeter, and a surface plasmon resonance spectrometer. Students learn to use such instruments as a part of several undergraduate courses and during the research opportunities listed above. A list of our department members and their research is available here.
Why a degree in Chemistry or Biochemistry?
Chemistry is a major for the broad-minded individual who is interested in integrating both qualitative and quantitative aspects of knowledge. Knowledge of chemistry is required for all fields of scientific endeavor: engineering, physics, biology and medicine.
At the same time, chemistry makes use of the tools of math and physics. A thorough grounding in math is an essential requirement for success in chemical studies.
Chemistry and Biochemistry are exciting areas of science to study. There are many areas within each discipline to focus on.
Chemistry and Biochemistry professors at the University of Lethbridge do research in:
- Computational and Theoretical Chemistry
- Inorganic Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry
- Physical Chemistry
As an undergraduate you will experience advantages such as:
- Small class sizes
- Personalized interaction with professors
- State of the art instrumentation in research labs
For more details about being a Chemistry major visit Future Students.
- Congratulations on deciding to pursue a MSc or PhD in Chemistry or Biochemistry! There are many details involved in applying for Graduate Studies and the links below can help with that process.
The most important things you need to do:
- Decide what area you want to do your MSc or PhD in – Chemistry or Biochemistry
- Find a supervisor to work with (before you apply for admission to Graduate Studies)
- Apply to Grad School | MSc or PhD
- Meet our Faculty and see what kind of research they do
FAQs – answers to your questions and links to information.
Visit the School of Graduate Studies web page to apply to Graduate School.
Faculty members in chemistry & biochemistry welcome students into their labs in many research areas.
- | Analytical: detection and measurement of chemical species used in fields like forensics
- Dr. Peter Dibble | Organic: deals with carbon compounds, which are the main components of living matter
- Dr. René Boeré, Dr. Michael Gerken & Dr. Paul Hayes | Inorganic: all the remaining elements, most of which are found in the mineral world
- Dr. Andrew Hakin & Dr. Paul Hazendonk | Physical: the study of the fundamental principles governing the behavior of matter
- Dr. Marc Roussel & Dr. Stacey Wetmore | Computational & Theoretical: basic physical theories that provide frameworks which all chemical phenomena is understood
Looks at the chemical and physical basis of life systems at the molecular level and how these microcosms interact with their environments.
- Dr. Ute Kothe
- Dr. Steven Mosimann
- Dr. Trushar Patel
- Dr. Hans-Joachim Wieden
- Dr. Nehal Thakor
- Dr. Athanasios Zovoilis
Please explore our faculty's research areas and contact them directly if you are interested in opportunties in their labs.
What can you do with a Chemistry or Biochemistry degree? LOTS! There are many obvious choices and some that are not.
- Science Teacher
- Medical Doctor
- Research Assistant
- Environmental Scientist
- Genetic Counsellor
- Science/Technical Writer
- Hazard Waste Management Technician
- Food inspector
For more ideas see our Career page.
While pursuing your degree, you can gain research experience in our labs and by working for external organizations. For full details click here.
Make sure you take advantage of these great opportunities:
Contact the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Stop by our department office in E866 University Hall or call 403.329.2301.
Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
University of Lethbridge
Faculty of Arts and Science
E866 University Hall
4401 University Drive
Lethbridge, Alberta T1K 3M4
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The Alberta RNA Research and Training Institute is dedicated to foster and facilitate RNA research and training excellence, to contribute to the multidisciplinary research and teaching community at the University of Lethbridge, its surrounding communities and beyond, ultimately facilitating transfer of leading-edge knowledge into the private sector as well as academia.
ARRTI constitutes a coordinated team effort advancing RNA research initiatives in complement to the excellence in the research, teaching, and training programs that already exist at the University of Lethbridge.
Members of the Institute operate several focus laboratories including:
Find out more about ARRTI!
The laboratory for structure and function of small noncoding RNAs,
The laboratory for biomolecular design and engineering,
The laboratory for systems biology and mathematical modeling, and
The laboratory for synthetic biology.