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  • Objectives
    Biochemistry is the study of biological function at the molecular level. Although biochemical processes follow the basic laws of physics and chemistry, living organisms, because of their complexity, operate on a set of distinct principles that are not found in simple isolated chemical systems. The goal of biochemistry is to elucidate these principles. The department offers an integrated series of classes that will provide students with an up-to-date view of modern biochemistry & molecular biology ranging from structure-function relationships in macromolecules to the dynamic aspects of metabolism. The core programs can be adapted to emphasize different biochemical specialties such as structural biology, metabolism, molecular biology and cell signaling. Students wishing to pursue advanced studies in Pharmacology or related sciences for which there is no undergraduate program can include classes in Physiology, Pharmacology and/or Pathology in their programs. Greater flexibility is available in combined degree programs of Biochemistry with another subject; most often with Chemistry, Microbiology, Biology, Neuroscience or Psychology. Specific programs developed with the Department of Microbiology & Immunology provide coordinated studies of metabolism, enzymology and molecular biology with bacteriology, virology and immunology. These programs provide the foundation for molecular genetics, genetic engineering, biotechnology, biomedical research and medicine.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biochemistry
  • Course description
    20-credit BSc with Honours in Biochemistry

    Departmental Requirements

    1000 level
                
    •     CHEM 1011.03 and 1012.03 (or equivalent) - minimum passing grade B-
    •     BIOL 1010.03 and 1011.03 (or equivalent) - minimum passing grade B-
    •     MATH 1000.03 or 1215.03 and MATH 1010.03 or 1060.03
    •     or, in lieu of the above, SCIE 15XX

    2000 level
                
    •     BIOL 2020.03
    •     BIOL 2030.03
    •     BIOC 2300.03
    •     BIOC 2610.03
    •     CHEM 2201.03
    •     CHEM 2301.03 and 2304.03 or, if not taking combined program with Chemistry, CHEM 2303.03
    •     CHEM 2401.03 and 2402.03

    3000 level
                
    •     BIOC 3200.03
    •     BIOC 3300.03
    •     BIOC 3400.03
    •     CHEM 3601.03 or MICI 3033.03

    4000 level
                
    •     BIOC 4604.03 and 4605.03
    •     BIOC 4603.03
    •     One and a half credits from BIOC 40XX, 43XX, 44XX, 45XX, 47XX
    •     One additional half credit in Biochemistry at the 4000 level

    Other requirements
    A pass is required in the Honours Qualifying examination. Students should also ensure that they have enrolled in any 2000 or 3000 level classes that are prerequisites for advanced classes they intend to take (see appropriate calendar entries).

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