Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology will provide students with a strong background in biochemistry, biology, and chemistry so that they will be well-placed to develop their interests and move on to graduate school, or work in allied fields such as microbiology, environmental sciences, plant science, food science, pharmacology, pharmaceutical sciences, industrial applications of molecular techniques, and biotechnology. This program is also suitable for students who would like a career in health or medical sciences, molecular diagnostics, and government agencies dealing with medicinal biochemistry. The program is composed of two options leading to a Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. There is a strong lab component to the program, which is essential for students working in this area. The program also allows for the students to do a directed studies research project with various professors in both Chemistry and Biology.

There are two options in the Biochemistry Major and Molecular Biology:

  1. Biochemistry option: encompasses a broad selection of courses from all areas of chemistry as well as biology. The program is especially suited for professional careers in medicine, biochemistry, and biophysics and is well suited to research careers in basic and translational medicine, as well as university and marketplace laboratories. Students earning a biochemistry degree may pursue graduate studies in a variety of fields;
  2. Medical and Molecular Biology option: takes students into the medical aspects of biochemistry and molecular biology, including pharmacology, medical microbiology and virology, and the biochemical basis of disease. This concentration will be of interest to students who would like to do medical research in the future, or those who would like to work in medical or allied health sciences.

The Major is structured to meet the requirements of a major in Science and will normally take four years.

First and Second Years Credits
BIOL 116, 125 6
CHEM 111 or CHEM 121; and CHEM 113 or CHEM 123 6
MATH 100, 101 6
PHYS 111 or 112; and PHYS 102 or 122 6
Two of ENGL 112 or 114, 113, 150, 151, 153 6
BIOL 200 3
BIOL 228 3
BIOL 265 3
CHEM 203, 204 6
CHEM 201 3
Arts electives 6
Biochemistry Option
MATH 200 3
One of CHEM 211, BIOL 202, STAT 230 3
Medical and Molecular Biology Option
One of BIOL 201, 204, 205, 209, 210 3
One of BIOL 202, STAT 230 3
Total Credits 60
Third and Fourth Years
BIOC 304, 305 6
BIOL 366 3
BIOC 393 3
Arts electives 6
Biochemistry Option
Three of BIOC 402, 403, 405, 410, 420, 425 9
CHEM 305 3
Two of CHEM 304, 330, 333, 335, BIOC 493 6
Upper-level science elective 6
Upper-level arts or science electives 6
Electives 12
Medical and Molecular Biology Option
BIOC 308, 309 6
Two of BIOC 402, 403, 405, 410 6
BIOC 407 3
BIOC 4931 3
BIOL 318 3
Two of BIOL 312, 314, 341, 363 6
Upper-level elective 3
Electives 12
Total Credits 60
Minimum credits for degree 120
1 BIOC 493 (Biotechnology Laboratory) can be replaced by BIOC 448, a 6-credit lab-based directed studies course, though students may take both. Note: BIOC 393 and 493 are equivalent to BIOL 393 and 493 and credit will not be granted for both.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Honours Program

The Honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides an intensive program of study through coursework and research experience. Students who complete this program will have the ability to work independently and with a high level of competency.

The course requirements are the same as in the Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology program, except that 6 credits must be in BIOC 449.

Admission Requirements

  • Fourth-year standing (minimum of 78 credits in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major).
  • Minimum grade average of 75% in all courses taken to date applicable to the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major.
  • Enrolment in BIOC 449 with a research project and a research supervisor approved by the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology committee.

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of the course requirements for the Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
  • A minimum 75% graduating grade average (GGA).
  • BIOC 449, with a minimum grade of 75%. A written thesis is required, with a public presentation of the thesis in the form of a poster or a seminar.

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