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Biochemistry Specialization sample first year schedule


This fourth year, six credit course is mandatory for a B.Sc Specialization in Chemistry, B.Sc Specialization in Chemistry (Pharmaceutical Chemistry option) or in Biochemistry. The goal of this course is two-fold:

1) To give valuable laboratory experience to students;

2) To have students develop the necessary skills to present scientific data in both oral and written format.

To earn this credit, students are required to give a seminar presentation on a topic of their choice. Students must also select a supervisor from the full-time faculty members or within the cross-appointed members in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry (the list of eligible faculty is available here). With guidance from the supervisor, students will complete an original laboratory or theoretical research project. The result of the research work will be presented by the student to his group of peers as part of the mini-symposium presentation at the end of the semester. The scientific data will also be presented as a written document in the research thesis.

The thesis is the written scientific composition required for completion of credit within the Research and Seminar course (CHMI 4615 - see FAQ for this course). This document is written by the 4th year student (with guidance from the supervisor). The thesis presents all the scientific results collected by the student during his or her research project. Think of it as a fancy lab report.


At the beginning of the first term, all first year chemistry and biochemistry students receive the following, free of charge:

  1. Lab coat with Chemistry & Biochemistry Department logo
  2. Safety glasses
  3. Chemistry or Biochemistry T-shirt

Over the years, alumni of the department as well as retired faculty or staff made monetary donations to the department. These monies were invested, and now the interest is used to provide scholarships and bursaries to students registered in Chemistry or Biochemistry programmes.

In 2018, the department handed over $11,000 in scholarships and bursaries to 25 undergraduate and graduate students registered in our Chemistry and Biochemistry programmes.

Click 2016/17 Award Recipients for poster of 2016/17 recipients of scholarships and bursaries.


At least 60 credits in Chemistry or Biochemistry courses

Accredited by the Canadian Society for Chemistry

Offers more job opportunities

Ideal degree for students who intend to work as a professional chemist or biochemist, or are interested in pursuing further studies in health professions (Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, etc) or who wish to continue at the graduate level (M.Sc., Ph.D.).


42 credits (Chemistry or Biochemistry)

Great program for students interested in gaining a general knowledge in Chemistry in preparation for further studies (Teacher's college, Engineering, MBA).

Must be taken alongside a major or minor in a different field.



24 credits (Chemistry or Biochemistry)

Ideal program for students interested in getting an overview of Chemistry.

Must accompany either a Major or a Specialized degree.


The aim of the mentoring program is to provide Chemistry and Biochemistry students with a mentor who can answer questions, provide academic advice and/or help the student navigate through appropriate administrative/academic units. First year and second year university students will be paired with a designated faculty/staff member with (generally) three meetings scheduled during the school semester.


For Chemistry students, contact any of the following Academic Advisors :

  1. Dr. G. Arteca – Office: S415/ Ext: 2177
  2. Dr. L. Mercier - Office: FA-358/Ext: 2175

For Chemistry program with Pharmaceutical option, contact either of the following Academic Advisors:

  1. Dr. E. Gauthier – Office: F422/ Ext: 2101
  2. Dr. J. Gray-Munro – Office: F321/ Ext: 2215

For Biochemistry students, contact any of the following Academic Advisors:

  1. Dr. A. Omri – Office: S416/ Ext: 2190
  2. Dr. S. Siemann – Office: F320/ Ext: 2105

The Chemistry & Biochemistry Club is a group of students interested in Chemistry and/or Biochemistry. Many members are enrolled in the Chemistry or Biochemistry programs. The executives organize social events during the school year and they have also scheduled tutorial sessions during midterm /exam time.


Cross Appointed members are faculty from other LU departments/schools (e.g. Biology, Engineering, NOSM) and who can supervise 4th year or graduate students enrolled in programs within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.