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Department of Chemistry and Biology

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: 4-year regular or 5-year co-operative program.

Chemistry plays a leading role in our world and our lives. Focused on understanding matter and energy and their interactions with each other, this essential science is a part of everything we do, from creating new, useful materials and products to protecting the environment and fighting disease. Ryerson graduates in this dynamic field are involved in a range of exciting research areas and applications, from synthesizing new organic and inorganic materials, to pursing a variety of opportunities in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, computational chemistry, proteomics and molecular biology.

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Bachelor of Science in Biology: 4-year regular or 5-year co-operative program.

The biology program dives into the study of living organisms, with the intent of unlocking the mysteries of our planet. First-years will undertake studies in Chemistry, Contemporary Science, Mathematics and its Applications, and Medical Physics. Like in many of our science programs, the biology department offers external placements, engaging research opportunities, and laboratory training. Upper level students undertake the more advanced and intrinsic principles of the subject (biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, botany and evolution), and will begin to refine their chosen biological stream. Zoology, molecular biology, environmental biology and biotechnology are just a few of the offerings from this science pool. There are also optional specializations in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biophysics or Environmental Biology. Students choose any stream within the program and are able to customize their degree with our unique and plentiful options.

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Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science: 4-year regular or 5-year co-operative program.

The biomedical sciences program will investigate pressing medical conundrums such as the nature of cancerous cells, how microorganisms attack the body, and the correlation between gene expression and its affects on aging. By first laying down the groundwork with a meticulous study of human anatomy, our students will look at new and innovative therapies and treatments that address illness.

Lower level classes will consist of other foundational programs such as biology, physics, chemistry, math and psychology, in addition to basic biomedial studies. Each subsequent year will have more advanced and refined offerings, so students will have the opportunity to choose from molecular biology, immunology, experimental design, systems biology, cancer biology, stem biology, critical thinking, and of course, advanced biomedical science. Besides a detailed and satisfyingly rigorous academic program, undergrads will be provided with work placement opportunities, summer internships, and practical research projects. These external experiences are made more enviable by our location in the heart of downtown Toronto.

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Undergraduate Research at Ryerson: Funding and Opportunities   

In order to participate in world-class research opportunities at Ryerson, undergraduate students are encouraged to approach individual faculty members within the department and seek out research and funding opportunites with them.

    Funded opportunities include:

        - NSERC URSA

        - RYERSON URO

        - Work Study Research assistantships



Career Planning in (and around) Your Science Degree

With a degree in science, you are well prepared to tackle the problems in the Natural and Physical world... But what about landing that dream job after your degree. The following clickable PDF's courtesy of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  offer some guiding tips on how to paln for a career in science or other professional disciplines.

  1. Finding the Right Path for You - Building a science career map.
  2. From Undergrad to Postdoc - Following opportunities to become a World Class Scientist.
  3. Industry or Academia? - Find out which field is best suited for you.
  4. The Informed Job Search - Understanding how to predict future job markets in science.
  5. Careers away from the Bench - Using your science degree in an different field.
  6. Women in Science - The world needs science, and science needs women.




Departmental Forms 

Lab Exemption Form

Laboratory exemption cannot be used in conjunction with a course substitution request. 

If you have previously taken a course with a lab and need to retake the lecture portion of the course due to a failing grade, please follow the instructions and fill out the Lab exemption form.

Conflict overrides will be given only if your request for a lab exemption is approved by the course instructor and the lab portion of the course conflicts with another course.

Students in their final year who require a course that conflicts with their schedule must contact their Program Director for enrollment consideration. For this, you must not have a course overload and must have passed all other required courses based on your Advisement report.

Chang School Prerequisites and Transfer Credits 

If you took a Chang school course that is a prerequisite for a full time course, please follow the instructions and fill out the UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE COURSE EXCEPTION (SUBSTITUTION/DIRECTIVE) FORM.

If the prerequisite was a transfer credit from another institution, we will be able to verify this by your transfer credit report/unofficial transcript and can then enroll you in your desired course. Please contact the main department if this is your situation.   

  1. Assignment and Lab Cover Page



The Department of Chemistry and Biology Faculty and Research Awards are now closed. 

Please check back in Fall 2019!