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Biochemistry and Biotechnology

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Continuous discoveries of information from various sources are identifying innovative approaches for the improvement of life. Scientists are developing medicines and vaccines to combat diseases and aging. Plants are being genetically modified to improve their nutritive value for the consumer. Microbes are being used to detoxify the environment. Reforestation efforts are being implemented to rebuild lost forests and help producers grow trees. Choose biotechnology and be at the forefront of scientific breakthroughs and advancements!


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What is Biochemistry and Biotechnology?

Biochemistry & Biotechnology provides education and training in the molecular and cellular approaches to the study of the life sciences, as well as entrepreneurship, public policy and ethics. Individual student programs in Biochemistry can emphasize cell biochemistry, chemical approaches, metabolism, molecular biology, plant biochemistry, protein structure and function, or signal transduction. Programs in Biochemistry and Biotechnology include essential prerequisite courses for life science professional schools (e.g. Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Nutrition, Veterinary Medicine) and graduate studies in many areas of the life sciences. Graduates at all levels find employment in academia, industry involved in many areas of biotechnology and other life science research enterprises.

Biochemistry and Biotechnology: Is it for you?

  • The interdisciplinary approach to this program gives students a solid background in the social, ethical, commercial and scientific issues associated with biotechnology.
  • Saskatchewan is recognized as a world-class centre of innovation in biotechnology. The Saskatoon biotechnology complex includes the U of S; federal and provincial government institutes including the Plant Biotechnology Institute, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Research Centre, Saskatchewan Research Council, Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization, POS Pilot Plant, Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon Cancer Centre, Neuropsychiatric Research Unit, Centre for Agricultural Medicine; and over 30 Canadian and international biotechnology companies located in Innovation Place on campus.
  • The location of major biotech companies at Innovation Place, combined with accessibility to resources like government and university labs on campus, give students amazing research advantages.

Sample Classes

  • BINF 200: Introduction to Bioinformatics
    An introduction to resources and basic techniques for the analysis of protein and DNA data. Students will become familiar with online DNA and protein structure databases, and with the computational methods available for analyzing data in them and with the application of databases and search tools to biological problems.
  • BMST 305: Structure and Function of Biomolecules
    Introduces the underlying properties that dictate the folding, structure and stability of biological macromolecules and how these ultimately affect function. This is a lecture-based course that will focus on advanced principles and properties of macromolecular structure, their relationship to thermodynamic principles of equilibrium and stability, and biological activity.
  • ACB 404: Cellular Neurobiology
    The cell biology of neurons and glial cells will be studied, with detailed discussion of synaptic signaling and sensory transduction, as well as the function of glial cells in maintaining the neural signaling machinery.

Career Opportunities

  • Biochemist
  • Forensic Lab Analyst
  • Public Health Educator
  • Biotechnologist
  • Technical/Science Writer
  • Lab Technician
  • Biotechnology Investment Analyst
  • Soil Tester
  • Occupational Health/Safety Officer
  • Health Compliance Officer
  • Quality Assurance Manager

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Computer skills
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Technical skills

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