The course is open to Canadian and international students, professionals, and private individuals. The course is not intended for full or part-time students enrolled at the University of Toronto.

Who benefits from this course

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Biochemistry with a Medical Perspective is ideal for students who require a full credit - equivalent course in biochemistry as a prerequisite for entrance into professional programs in the health sciences, including pharmacy, medical school, nursing, and dentistry.

The course is also invaluable to anyone who needs to understand the biochemistry underpinning many current medical and science issues, including writers, journalists, investors or advisors in the biotechnology sector, and anyone seeking to understand the biochemical basis of an illness or other medical condition.


Biochemistry with a Medical Perspective is administered through the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies (SCS). Learn in detail about who is eligible to take this course on the SCS Admissions page.

NOTE: This course is NOT available to U of T students already registered in any degree program at any of the three campuses of the University of Toronto.

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Course Credit

Biochemistry with a Medical Perspective is a full course credit-equivalent that can be recognized by international professional programs in the health sciences. The course fulfils a full biochemistry course requirement with 54 hours of illustrated video lectures and accompanying medical perspectives. The course is taught by experienced faculty members in the Department of Biochemistry in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. There are short web - based quizzes and a final proctored exam.

At the completion of the course, students receive an official Grade Report from the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Before registering, students planning to use this course for admission to any academic program or as a prerequisite to any other course are strongly advised to get confirmation from the institution to which they are applying that this course will meet the expected requirements.

**NEW** SCS 2472: Biochemistry with a Medical Perspective is acceptable as a prerequisite for one of the two full-course equivalents in any life science for admission into Medical School at the University of Toronto.


Although there are no prerequisites for this course, high school biology and first year university level chemistry are recommended to assist your understanding of the molecular details of the course.

Course Survey Comments: See what our students say about SCS-2472!

  • "It is rare to find a well organized online course but this one is amazing and I enjoyed it." 

  • "The course was a great learning experience and I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. I felt that it was a good pace and the material was continuously building from week to week which made it easy to follow along. I was able to remember things from the early weeks so the material really did stick and I think that really does show how valuable this learning experience has been." 

  • "The course was fascinating and challenging! It was well organized and exceeded my expectations!" 

  • "The course was a valuable learning experience because I have learned a lot on the basics of biochemistry and its connection with medicine. I believe that this is very useful to my field and that it has taught me well on the biochemical foundations in relation to the medical field. The different activities also gave me the opportunity to use my creative side and work with my classmates." 

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