The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada offers rigorous and marketable degrees at the undergraduate level in chemistry and biochemistry that can be taken in the co-op format, or combined with the Minor in Multidisciplinary Studies offered by Science College. At the graduate level, we offer masters's and doctoral degrees with opportunities for research in both areas.
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Chemistry is the science that examines the structure of substances and their reactions to produce novel and useful products. Biochemistry is the part of chemistry that deals with chemical changes occurring in biologically relevant systems; i.e., changes taking place in living cells that are responsible for life processes.
Chemistry and biochemistry deal with complex concepts, and specialization has become the norm. The traditional subdivisions are physical, inorganic, analytical, organic and biochemistry, but many new interdisciplinary subdivisions have emerged, such as bioinorganic chemistry, computational chemistry, nanochemistry, protein engineering and chemical biology, to name just a few. Each is based on the same fundamental principles of chemistry, but deals with a rather specific aspect. These divisions are all inter-dependent. Many of the important discoveries have been the result of teamwork involving chemists from the various sub-divisions.
At the undergraduate level, the aim of Concordia University's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is to offer the best education in chemistry or biochemistry, whether it is for a student who is intending to be a specialist, or one who is taking courses as a requirement of some other career, or for general interest.
At the graduate level, the Department is committed to fostering a strong research community in several niche areas of immediate relevance, while maintaining a long-standing tradition of preparing our graduates for careers demanding a broad spectrum of technical and research skills. Relatively small research groups make for a particularly rewarding experience along the way to a valuable advanced degree.
Our research centres include: the Centre for Research in Molecular Modelling, the Centre for Biological Applications of Mass Spectrometry with special expertise in biomolecule analysis by LC-MS, and the Centre for Structural and Functional Genomics.
Among the major facilities accessible to faculty and students are the Integrated Platform for Biomolecular Function, Interactions and Structure (BIOFINS), and an NMR laboratory
Our department is located in the Richard J. Renaud Science Complex on the grounds of the Loyola campus of Concordia University. The facilities, which include new, spacious and well-equipped undergraduate teaching and graduate research laboratories, was opened in the fall of 2003. Conveniently housed in the same complex are the cognate departments of Biology and Physics.