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Major Concentration Biology - Cell/Molecular (36 credits)

Offered by: Biology     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

The Major Concentration Biology - Cell/Molecular is a planned sequence of courses designed to permit a degree of specialization in cell/molecular biology.

Advising Note: Freshman students should be aware that PHYS 101 and/or PHYS 102 are required for some of the courses in the major and minor concentrations in Biology.

Required Courses* (29 credits)

* Required courses taken at CEGEP or elsewhere that are not credited toward the B.A. & Sc. or B.Sc./B.Ed. must be replaced by 3-credit courses from the Complementary Courses list. Regardless of the substitution, students must take at least 36 credits in this program.

** Students who have already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent will choose another appropriate complementary course, to be approved by the Adviser.

  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The physical and chemical properties of the cell and its components in relation to their structure and function. Topics include: protein structure, enzymes and enzyme kinetics; nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation; the genetic code, mutation, recombination, and regulation of gene expression.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Thomas E Bureau, Richard D W Roy, Francesco Fagotto, Monique Zetka (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or equivalent
    • Corequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent
  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course introduces the student to our modern understanding of cells and how they work. Major topics to be covered include: photosynthesis, energy metabolism and metabolic integration; plasma membrane including secretion, endocytosis and contact mediated interactions between cells; cytoskeleton including cell and organelle movement; the nervous system; hormone signaling; the cell cycle.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Gary Brouhard, Gregory G Brown (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ANAT 212 or BIOC 212
  • BIOL 202 Basic Genetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Introduction to basic principles, and to modern advances, problems and applications in the genetics of higher and lower organisms with examples representative of the biological sciences.

    Terms: Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Daniel J Schoen, Mario Chevrette, David Hipfner (Winter) David Dankort, David Hipfner (Summer)

    • Winter, Summer
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking LSCI 204.
  • BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Unified view of form and function in animals and plants. Focus on how the laws of chemistry and physics illuminate biological processes relating to the acquisition of energy and materials and their use in movement, growth, development, reproduction and responses to environmental stress.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Rajinder S Dhindsa (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture, optional conference hour
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200 and PHYS 101 or 131 or equivalent
    • Corequisite: ANAT 212/BIOC 212 or BIOL 201
  • BIOL 215 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to the fundamental processes of ecology and evolution that bear on the nature and diversity of organisms and the processes that govern their assembly into ecological communities and their roles in ecosystem function.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Neil Price, Catherine Potvin, Ehab Abouheif (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 111
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENVR 202
  • BIOL 300 Molecular Biology of the Gene (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : A survey of current knowledge and approaches in the area of regulation of gene expression, post-transcriptional control of gene expression, and signal transduction.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Frieder Schöck, Kenneth E M Hastings, Paul Lasko (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200 and one of BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212.
  • BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Laboratory (4 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to laboratory techniques with a focus on methods used to investigate fundamental questions in modern cell and molecular biology. Techniques including gene cloning, DNA and protein isolation and manipulation are covered, along with functional analysis of genes and proteins, basic bioinformatics, and computer-based experimental design and data analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014

    Instructors: Nam Sung Moon, Jacalyn Vogel, Paul Harrison (Fall) Nam Sung Moon, Paul Harrison, Rodrigo Reyes Lamothe (Winter)

    • Fall or Winter
    • 1 hour lecture and one 6-hour laboratory
    • Prerequisites: PHYS 102 or PHYS 142, BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212, and BIOL 202. BIOL 206 recommended.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOC 300. Requires departmental approval.
    • For approval email anne-marie [dot] sdicu [at] mcgill [dot] ca. Specify your ID number as well as the term and two lab day preferences.
  • BIOL 303 Developmental Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : A consideration of the fundamental processes and principles operating during embryogenesis. Experimental analyses at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels will be presented and discussed to provide an overall appreciation of developmental phenomena.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Tamara Western, Yong Rao, Francesco Fagotto (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture and 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, and BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212.
    • Corequisites: BIOL 202. BIOL 300 strongly recommended.
  • CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits) **

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A survey of reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds including modern concepts of bonding, mechanisms, conformational analysis, and stereochemistry.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: Youla S Tsantrizos, Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Mitchell Huot (Fall) Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot, Laura Pavelka, Jean-Philip Lumb, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Winter) Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot (Summer)

    • Fall, Winter, Summer
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or equivalent.
    • Corequisite: CHEM 120 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken CHEM 211 or equivalent
    • Each lab section is limited enrolment
    • Note: Some CEGEP programs provide equivalency for this course. For more information, please see the Department of Chemistry's Web page (http://www.chemistry.mcgill.ca/advising/outside/equivalent.htm).

Complementary Courses (7 credits)

at least 7 credits selected from:

  • BIOL 306 Neural Basis of Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Neural mechanisms of animal behaviour; neuroethology; cellular neurophysiology, integrative networks within nervous systems; neural control of movement; processing of sensory information.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Alanna Watt, Joseph Alan Dent, Gerald Pollack (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: PHYS 102 or PHYS 142 or CEGEP Physics and one of the following: BIOL 201, ANAT 212, BIOC 212 or NSCI 200
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 308.
  • BIOL 313 Eukaryotic Cell Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Cell biology of eukaryotes focusing on the assembly and function of cellular structures, the regulation of transcription; the dynamics of the cytoskeleton and its motors; mechanics of cell division; cell cycle and checkpoints; nuclear dynamics; chromosome structure and behaviour and experimental techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Monique Zetka, Francesco Fagotto (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture and 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200 and BIOL 201 or ANAT 212/BIOC 212 and BIOL 202.
  • BIOL 314 Molecular Biology of Oncogenes (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The genes that cause cancer are altered versions of genes present in normal cells. The origins of these oncogenes, their genetic structure, regulation, and the biochemical properties of the oncogene-encoded proteins will be analyzed in an attempt to understand the origins of human and animal cancers.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Loydie Majewska, Nada Jabado, Patricia N Tonin (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200; BIOL 201 or ANAT 212 /BIOC 212
  • BIOL 316 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Protein and lipid biochemistry, membrane structure and transport; intracellular compartmentalization, protein sorting and modification, intracellular membrane trafficking; energy transfer, organization and dynamics of chloroplasts and mitochondria; extracellular matrix, cell walls; cell behaviors in their social context.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Gregory G Brown, Tamara Western, Alanna Watt (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 201 or ANAT 212/BIOC 212
  • BIOL 370 Human Genetics Applied (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : A contemporary view of genetic research as applied to human health and well-being.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Roberta M Palmour, Tomi Markku Pastinen, John James Mitchell (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture; 1 hour conference optional
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212, and BIOL 202.
  • BIOL 373 Biometry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Elementary statistical methods in biology. Introduction to the analysis of biological data with emphasis on the assumptions behind statistical tests and models. Use of statistical techniques typically available on computer packages.

    Terms: Fall 2013

    Instructors: Brian Leung (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 2 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • BIOL 413 Directed Reading (1 credit)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Directed reading.

    Terms: Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Summer 2014

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2013-2014 academic year.

    • Fall, Winter or Summer
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, BIOL 201, BIOL 202, BIOL 205, BIOL 215.
    • Note: Special topics paper in conjunction with an upper-level biology course, under the guidance of a staff member of the Biology Department. A form from Nancy Nelson, Room W3/25, Stewart Building, must be completed prior to registration.
  • BIOL 568 Topics on the Human Genome (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Cellular and molecular approaches to characterization of the human genome.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Rima Slim, Tomi Markku Pastinen, Alexandre Montpetit (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites BIOL 202, BIOL 300, BIOL 370, or permission.
  • BIOL 575 Human Biochemical Genetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Topics on the study of human systems that have led to advances in basic biology.

    Terms: Winter 2014

    Instructors: Nancy Braverman, Jacques Jean Genest, Lenore Beitel (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 202 and BIOL 300; or permission of the instructor

or other appropriate course at the 300 level or higher with permission of the Adviser.

Bachelor of Arts & Science—2013-2014 (last updated Aug. 21, 2013) (disclaimer)