Career Opportunities

A variety of technical positions are available in academia (e.g., universities), industry (e.g., biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies), government laboratories (e.g., agricultural and food agencies and police forensic laboratories) and healthcare system (e.g., hospitals).
Teaching: Biochemists are involved in teaching at high schools, universities and technical colleges.
Some biochemists work as science writers for textbooks and prepare technical reports for industry.
Biochemists play an important role in the management, sales and marketing in science-based companies, such as pharmaceutical firms.
Many biochemists are employed by regulatory bodies such as the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration, to develop government policies and patent law.
Biochemistry provides excellent preparation for students considering studies in a wide variety of disciplines, including graduate studies and research (M. Sc. and Ph. D), medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and nutrition, veterinary medicine, education and law.

The USask Advantage

The faculty of the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology offers expertise in nucleic acids, lipids, carbohydrates, enzymology, metabolism, cell biochemistry, plant biochemistry and structural biology. Their research interests encompass topics such as cancer, obesity, structural studies of proteins by NMR and X-ray crystallography, and cell cycle control in plants. Funding for research is obtained competitively from CIHR, NSERC, SHRF and other funding agencies.

The wealth of expertise in the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology is enriched by the affiliation of professors who are members of other departments (Plant Sciences, Food and Bioproduct Sciences), centres (e.g., Saskatchewan Cancer Centre) and research agencies {Canadian Light Source (CLS), the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO), and Plant Biotechnology Institute (PBI)} located on the university campus. These affiliated professors participate in the teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students.

In 2012, the research laboratories of the Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology & Immunology were relocated to the newly renovated Health Sciences Building with state-of-art research facilities. The University of Saskatchewan is home to several high-impact research centres that include VIDO, PBI, Saskatchewan Cancer Center, Saskatchewan Structural Science Centre, Agricultural and Ag-Food Canada and dozens of biotechnology firms within Innovation Place.

Saskatoon is the proud home of two of Canada’s largest investments in science infrastructure, the CLS and the International Vaccine Center (InterVac). The city is on the cutting edge of medical and agricultural research. Biochemistry is a core discipline within all these pursuits. The concentration of these research institutions on the campus, together with our own university laboratories provide our students unique research opportunities and advantages. Many of our graduates find employment at these organizations, and elsewhere.

Choose Your Program!

Biochemistry is a core life science discipline that provides students with fundamental knowledge in the diverse areas of science and research. Individual student programs vary with courses ranging from animal and plant metabolism, molecular and cellular biochemistry to biotechnology and bioinformatics.

A Major in Biochemistry

Students majoring in biochemistry can choose from one of the following degrees: BSc Three-Year, BSc Four-Year and BSc Honours. Students may choose to combine the Biochemistry program with courses from other departments and colleges to complete a degree program that is either diverse or specialized. Double Honours programs may be arranged with Anatomy and Cell Biology, Biology, Chemistry, Microbiology and Immunology, Physics or other programs.

Program requirements and/or admissions

Biochemistry Student's Association (BSA)

Getting Involved!

Join the Biochemistry Students Association and participate in various activities to enrich the student experience. These include a career night, tutorial sessions, mentoring and social events.  Meet, interact and socialize with fellow students and professors.

Memberships for the 2018-19 academic year will be available in September.

  • If you are interested in joining the BSA Exec, or want a description of the positions, please email:

The BSA is a really rewarding experience and a great way to meet your peers and professors (it also looks fabulous on a resume!)

Visit us on facebook or check out our website for some awesome events coming your way!

Funding and Scholarships

The Dr. Louis T.J. Delbaere Memorial Scholarship - Recognizing students who have demonstrated the potential and interest to pursue career in Biochemistry. $1,000

Academic Advising

It is important that all students at each year of their program plan their course curriculum for the upcoming year in consultation with an academic advisor.