Biochemistry is a medical science that relies on research, and training to work as a researcher is central to the undergraduate biochemistry program. During the course of the BSc program, many opportunities exist for gaining experience in laboratory techniques.
Some of the classes that are currently offered by the Department of Biochemistry include Bioch 401, an introductory laboratory class where basic and state-of-the-art biochemistry techniques are taught, and a number of directed research projects (Bioch 299, 398, 498, 499). Recently added and being expanded is the study abroad research course (Bioch 497) that allows students to work for six weeks in Germany or in England. The directed-research projects and the study abroad course offer real research experience in modern laboratories. In addition, many students receive studentships to work in biochemistry laboratories or become involved in the Science Internship Program (SIP) or other campus initiatives and events.
Summer studentships are also available in many labs in the Department, and the Undergraduate Summer Student Research Program will post information about potential studentships in late October of each year. Many positions are competitive and involve scholarship applications that will be done early in each year.