About Biochemistry

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About Biochemistry

What is Biochemistry?

As a biochemistry student, this is likely the question you will likely be asked by every relative, neighbour, and non-biochemistry friend you meet. The name pretty much says it all: the chemistry involved with living things. The love child of biology and chemistry.

But what does that actually mean?

Often, it’s about finding the “why” and the “how” behind many biological principles. How does a cell create a protein from a gene? How does the food you eat get converted into energy? Why are mitochondria the powerhouse of the cell?

Just like how biomolecules come together to build larger complexes, biochemistry is built up of the knowledge of multiple disciplines. Analytical chemistry, organic chemistry, microbiology, and mathematics are just a few of the areas that come together to help us figure out the processes that makeup living organisms.

Biochemistry at UBC

UBC’s Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is home to a diverse group of students and faculty who share a passion for innovation and discovery. Here, a sense of community is built through late nights, early lectures, and an insane amount of caffeine. But what is the community actually like? Well, according to biochemistry students, it’s something like this:

Help us out by adding to our word cloud. Type the words you think represents the biochemistry community at this link. The more times a word is mentioned, the bigger it will grow! Let’s show everyone what it means to be a biochemistry student at UBC!

After Your Degree


While a lot of people do pursue graduate studies or academic research, that is by no means the only path for biochemistry graduates! Lots of graduates go on to pursue careers in a variety of fields, including biotechnology, food science, medicine, and much more!

Look out for upcoming events regarding future careers!

For more information, please refer to the “Resources” page!