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List of master's-level courses

Students must complete 45 credits. Of the 45 Master's credits, 39 credits are thesis courses and the Research Seminar course. The other 6 credits are from 500-600 level complementary courses. Courses can be found in the McGill Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Calendar available on the web.

Research Seminar 1

Research Seminar 1 (BIOC 701, Junior Seminar)

Grade: Pass/Fail

Guidelines

A Research Seminar must be presented by all M.Sc. students in the Department who plan to proceed to the Ph.D. degree, as well as students who enter the Department at the Ph.D. level. The Research Seminar MUST be presented in the third (3rd) semester of graduate studies (normally held in November for those students admitted in September and April/May for those admitted in January).

Course requirements

Master of Science (M.Sc.); Biochemistry (Thesis) - Chemical Biology (47 credits)

 

Please note: a grayed out course title means the course is currently not offered this year.

Thesis courses (33 credits)

BIOC 695 Thesis Research 1 (Chem.-Bio.) 6
BIOC 698 Thesis Research 2 12
BIOC 699 Thesis Research 3 15

 

Nucleic Acids

BIOC 454

3 credits
Nucleic Acids.

Biochemistry: RNA processing, localization and stability. RNAi mechanisms, regulation and applications. Regulation of DNA replication. Genomics: human genome sequence, regulation and organization. DNA repair mechanisms. Special topics on transgenics, genetic diseases and cancer.

Offered by: Biochemistry

  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
  • Instructors
    • Josee Dostie, Jose Guerreiro Teodoro, Imed Eddine Gallouzi

Lectures

Consult Student Course Calendars for date, time and location.

Research Laboratory in Biochemistry

BIOC 462

6 credits
Research Laboratory in Biochemistry.

Biochemistry: A laboratory research project and related written review article all performed under the supervision of the same professor.

Offered by: Biochemistry

  • Fall
  • Prerequisite: BIOC 300 and consent of the course coordinator and research director
  • Restriction: Restricted to Honours students in Biochemistry
  • Students must obtain consent of a prospective research director and the course coordinator in order to register
  • Terms
    • Fall 2014
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Jason C Young
    • Jason C Young

Labs

Work takes place in supervisor's lab.

Restrictions

Course is restricted to U3 Honours students. U3 Major students interested in taking this course should contact christine [dot] laberge [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Christine Lalerge), Student Affairs Coordinator, McIntyre Building, Room 905, in April. ONLY STUDENTS WITH A CGPA OF 3.2 OR BETTER ARE PERMITTED TO APPLY. If you meet these minimum requirements, you will be placed on a waiting list and when a decision has been reached you will be notified by email.

Doctoral Thesis

The Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies website has all the Thesis guidelines Master's and doctoral students require, along with the Forms related to thesis submission. There, you will find:

Research Seminar 2

Research Seminar 2 (BIOC 703, Senior Seminar)

Grade:Pass/Fail

Guidelines

Approximately six months prior to submission of the Ph.D. thesis and before the thesis is written, a student is required to present the “Research Seminar 2” which constitutes a full hour formal presentation plus a discussion period as part of the Biochemistry Seminar Series (Academic). The Senior Seminar should present the complete, or close to complete, body of the research that will constitute the thesis, to a Department-wide audience.

Alumni

Graduate Profiles

Alex Therien, BSc’94 PhD’99
Research Fellow, Merck Frosst

“I came to McGill because of the quality of the science being done here. The research was far-reaching and very relevant to medical research,” recalls Alex Therien, whose doctoral research “tissue-specific regulation of the sodium-potassium-ATPase” with Professor Rhoda Blostein was based primarily at the Montreal General Hospital.

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Biophysical chemistry

BIOC 404

3 credits
Biophysical Chemistry.

Biochemistry: Hydrodynamic and electrophoretic methods for separation and characterization of macromolecules. Optical and magnetic resonance spectroscopy of biopolymers, and applications to biological systems.

Offered by: Biochemistry

  • Winter
  • Prerequisites: CHEM 204, CHEM 214 or equivalent
  • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 404.
  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • John R Silvius, William Claude Galley, Thomas Martin Schmeing

Lectures

Consult Student Course Calendars for date, time and location.

Evaluation

  • Mid-term: 30%
  • Final exam: 70%

Course Text

There is no assigned text for this course; readings will be placed in binders that can be signed out (in exchange for your ID card) from the Biochemistry office. Several not-for-credit problem sets (with answers) will be handed out during the course as a study aid.

Biochemistry of Macromolecules

BIOC 312

3 credits
Biochemistry of Macromolecules.

Biochemistry: Gene expression from the start of transcription to the synthesis of proteins, their modifications and degradation. Topics covered: purine and pyrimidine metabolism; transcription and its regulation; mRNA processing; translation; targeting of proteins to specific cellular sites; protein glycosylation; protein phosphorylation; protein turn-over; programmed cell death (apoptosis).

Offered by: Biochemistry

  • Terms
    • Winter 2015
  • Instructors
    • Alain Nepveu, Nahum Sonenberg, Gordon C Shore

Lectures

Consult Student Course Calendars for date, time and location.