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Major program

The MAJOR program becomes more specialized in Biochemistry during the final two years, with a total of 67 science credits. This program requires skills and insight from all areas of chemistry, and from other areas such as biology, physiology, microbiology and immunology, statistics, and pharmacology.

For students aiming for a professional career in the biological sciences or in medicine, these programs can lead to post-graduate studies and research careers in hospital, university or industrial laboratories.

 

Major Program - Total Credits - 67

U1 - 29 credits in total

 

Required Courses (23 credits)

*Note: Students with CEGEP-level credit for the equivalents of CHEM 212 and/or CHEM 222 (see Transfer credits for accepted equivalents) may not take these courses at McGill and should replace them with elective courses to satisfy the total credit requirement for their degree.

BIOC 212 Molec Mechanisms of Cell Funct 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 202 Basic Genetics 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 204 Physical Chem./Biol.Sci. 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 212 Intro Organic Chemistry 1 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 222 Intro Organic Chemistry 2 4 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 287 Intro Analytical Chemistry 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 297 Intro Analytical Chem. Lab. 1 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits from:

BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MIMM 211 Introductory Microbiology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

U2 - 26 credits in total

 

Required Courses (23 credits)

 

ANAT 262 Intro Molecular &Cell Biol 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC 300D1 Laboratory in Biochemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC 300D2 Laboratory in Biochemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC 311 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC 312 Biochemistry of Macromolecules 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 214 Physical Chem./Biol. Sci. 2 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 302 Intro Organic Chemistry 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 362 Advanced Organic Chem Lab 2 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Complementary Courses (3 credits)

 

3 credits from:

 
BIOL 309 Mathematical Models in Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 373 Biometry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

COMP 202 Foundations of Programming 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MATH 222 Calculus 3 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PSYC 204 Intro to Psychological Stats 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Note: (These can be taken in U1, U2, or U3)

U3 - 12 credits in total

 

Required courses (6 credits)

BIOC 450 Protein Structure and Function 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC 454 Nucleic Acids 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

 

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

At least 3 credits from:

BIOC 404 Biophysical Chemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC 458 Membranes & Cellular Signaling 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOC 503 Immunochemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PSYT 455 Neurochemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

The remainder, if any, from:

BIOC 570 Biochemistry of Lipoproteins 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 300 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 303 Developmental Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 304 Evolution 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 313 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

BIOL 314 Molecular Biology of Oncogenes 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 382 Organic Chem:Natural Products 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 502 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 532 Structural Organic Chemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 552 Physical Organic Chem 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

CHEM 572 Synthetic Organic Chem 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EXMD 502 Advanced Endocrinology 01 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MIMM 214 Intro Immun: Elem of Immunity 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

MIMM 324 Fundamental Virology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHAR 300 Drug Action 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses & Hormones 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer