Program Overview

Program Requirements 


Further studies

Many graduate programs are available for people with an undergraduate degree interested in expanding their knowledge, specializing or conducting research. Many graduate program are offered by the University of Ottawa.


Potential occupations

Universities studies lead to multiple occupations. Furthermore, certain professions require talent, special aptitudes, additional skills and experience beyond degrees themselves.

In order to list your choices, visit the Job Bank Canada website and, using the National Occupational Classification (NOC) codes, view job postings, wages, employment prospects and other important information that can help you make a decision. The occupations found below are examples derived from the National Occupational Classification.


Occupations related to this program



  • Biochemist
  • Chemist
  • Pharmaceutical chemist

A bachelor’s degree in chemistry, biochemistry, or in a related discipline; a master’s or doctoral degree is usually required for employment as a research chemist; provincial licensing is compulsory in Quebec and voluntary in Ontario and Alberta


Biologists and related scientists

  • Embryologist
  • Laboratory immunologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular biologist
  • Ornithologist
  • Regulatory toxicologist

A bachelor's degree in biology or in a related discipline; a master's or doctoral degree in biology or a related discipline is required for employment as a research scientist in biology


Dietitians and nutritionists

  • Public health nutritionist

A bachelor’s degree in nutrition or a related field such as biochemistry; approximately 40 weeks of supervised practicum training; registration with a provincial regulatory body is usually required


Technical occupations related to museums and art galleries

  • Museum interpreter

A bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to museum and gallery work; on-the-job training programs may also be required


Technical sales specialists – wholesale trade

  • Technical sales representative

A bachelor’s degree in a discipline related to the product or service; experience in sales or in a technical occupation related to the product or service may be required


Architecture and science managers

  • Scientific research department  manager
  • Scientific research director

A bachelor’s degree in a scientific discipline; a master's or doctoral degree in a scientific discipline; several years of experience in a related scientific field


Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants and program officers

  • Patent agent

A bachelor’s degree in a related scientific or technical discipline; a master's degree in a related scientific discipline may be required;  12 months of experience in the patent field; successful completion of examinations set by the Commissioner of Patents; applicants may also be required to be listed in the registrar of patent agents


College and other vocational instructors

  • College teacher

A bachelor's degree in the field of instruction; a master's degree in the field of instruction may be required; a certificate, diploma or degree in adult education may be required


Administrators – post-secondary education and vocational training

  • Assistant dean
  • Dean
  • Faculty administrator

Faculty administrators require a graduate degree in a field related to the academic faculty and several years of experience as a university professor or college teacher


Acquiring experience

Experience is acquired by participating and trying new personal, educational and professional activities, where it is possible to discover preferences, increase confidence and improve skills. As for professional experience, it is acquired through volunteering, internships, self-employment and full-time or part-time jobs. In addition to developing these skills, performing work related to your program of study can strengthen your expertise and increase your employability.


Volunteer opportunities

In addition to providing an opportunity to apply theories and knowledge learned during your university studies outside the classroom, in real world situations, volunteering is a way to help the community and its many organizations. Community engagement services help students to contribute to their community by participating in projects that are related to their program of study.


Potential employers

The following examples of employers can offer internships or employment opportunities related to students’ program of studies. it is also useful to browse potential employers to learn about the culture, read job postings and keep up to date with the latest development.

  • A&A Pharmachem
  • Agriculture and Agro-Food Canada
  • Canada Border Services Agency 
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • Canadian Institutes of Health Research
  • Ensyn Technologies Inc.
  • Environment Canada
  • Health Canada
  • Iogen Corporation
  • National Research Council Canada
  • Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada
  • Nordion
  • Ottawa Health Research Institute
  • Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation
  • Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Genomadix
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Ottawa Heart Institute
  • VBI Vaccines
  • AbbVie
  • Almat Pharmachem
  • Apotex
  • AstraZeneca Canada
  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Brenntag
  • Dalton Pharma Services
  • Eli Lilly Canada
  • GlaxoSmithKline - GSK
  • Labatt Breweries of Canada
  • Maxxam Analytics
  • Public Health Ontario
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Thunder Bay Regional Research Institute
  • Viventia Bio
  • Bristol-Myers Squibb Canada
  • Duchesnay
  • Imperial Tobacco Canada
  • Medisca
  • Merck
  • MethylGene Inc.
  • Sandoz
  • Shire
  • Thallion Pharmaceuticals Inc - TLN
  • Neoleukin Therapeutics
  • Celator Pharmaceuticals
  • Emergent Biosolutions
  • Gilead Sciences Inc.
  • Innovotech Inc.
  • Andermatt Canada
  • Abbott
  • BASF
  • Cargill
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • VWR Life Science
  • Anachemia Science
  • Asymchem
  • Clariant
  • Dover
  • Eli Lilly Careers
  • Patheon
  • Signum Biosciences
  • Willbros
  • CAP
  • Marfrig Group
  • Unipar
  • Amber Chemical Company Ltd. - ACC
  • Bachem
  • BASF
  • Brenntag
  • Flamel Technologies
  • Lohmann Animal Health
  • Sanofi Pasteur
  • Solvay Chemical and Pharmaceutical Group
  • Syntaxin
  • Biotech Desk
  • Cadila Pharmaceuticals
  • Gene
  • Lilly
  • TaiGen Biotechnology


Job search resources

The job search resources are designed to stimulate networking activities, develop marketing strategies and facilitate access to job postings. Networking events offer employers the opportunity to learn about the available workforce, and they give students a chance to be considered in the recruitment process. Career Development Centre offers helpful tips on networking, interview preparation techniques and different tools that can also be used to help with the preparation of resumés and cover letters.


Professional organizations

Professional organizations provide essential information on professional development opportunities and networking activities, the examples can also provide access to publications and job opportunities. They are a great source of information.

  • Canadian Association of Pathologists - CAP
  • Canadian Bioethics Society - CBS
  • Canadian Federation of Biological Societies
  • Canadian Society of Biochemistry, Molecular and Cellular Biology
  • Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science - CSMLS
  • Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences
  • Canadian Association of Medical Biochemists - CAMB
  • Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists
  • Chemical Institute of Canada
  • Life Science Association of Manitoba - LSAM
  • The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Association of clinical biochemistry and Laboratory Medecine
  • Biochemical society 
  • Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry





Date modified : 2022-08-24