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Major Biochemistry (67 credits)

Offered by: Biochemistry     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

Students may transfer into the Major program at any time, provided they have met all course requirements.

U1 Required Courses (23 credits)

* Note: Students with CEGEP-level credit for the equivalents of CHEM 212 and/or CHEM 222 (see http://www.mcgill.ca/students/courses/plan/transfer/ 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 Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : An introductory course describing the biochemistry and molecular biology of selected key functions of animal cells, including: gene expression; mitochondrial production of metabolic energy; cellular communication with the extra-cellular environment; and regulation of cell division.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Thomas Duchaine, Arnim Pause, Maxime Bouchard (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200
    • Restrictions: A non-terminal course intended to be followed by BIOC 311; BIOC 312 in the U2 year. Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOL 201 or ANAT 212.
  • 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 2014

    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 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 2015

    Instructors: Daniel J Schoen, Nam Sung Moon, Shelton Hendricks (Winter)

    • 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.
  • CHEM 204 Physical Chemistry/Biological Sciences 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Similar to CHEM 223/CHEM 243. Emphasis on the use of biological examples to illustrate the principles of physical chemistry. The relevance of physical chemistry to biology is stressed.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Christopher Barrett (Fall) Amy Blum (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 or equivalent and one full course in calculus
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 203 or CHEM 213 or CHEM 223 and CHEM 243.
  • 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 2014, Winter 2015

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

    • 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).
  • CHEM 222 Introductory Organic Chemistry 2 (4 credits) *

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Modern spectroscopic techniques for structure determination. The chemistry of alcohols, ethers, carbonyl compounds, and amines, with special attention to mechanistic aspects. Special topics.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot, Laura Pavelka, Dmytro Perepichka, David Noble Harpp (Fall) Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot, Laura Pavelka, Karine Auclair (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken an equivalent Organic 2 at CEGEP (see McGill University Basic Math and Sciences Equivalence Table at www.mcgill.ca/mathscitable) or who have or are taking CHEM 234.
  • CHEM 287 Introductory Analytical Chemistry (2 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Qualitative and quantitative analysis. A survey of methods of analysis including theory and practice of semimicro qualitative analysis and representative gravimetric, volumetric and instrumental methods.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Samuel Lewis Sewall, Joan F Power (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 and CHEM 120, or CHEM 115, or equivalent.
    • Corequisite: Students in CHEM 287 are required to take the laboratory, CHEM 297, either simultaneously with CHEM 287 or in the term following CHEM 287.
    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken CHEM 257D1/D2 or CHEM 277D1/D2.
  • CHEM 297 Introductory Analytical Chemistry Laboratory (1 credit)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Introductory experiments in analytical chemistry emphasizing classical and instrumental methods of quantitative analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jan Hamier, Samuel Lewis Sewall, Janine Mauzeroll (Fall) Jan Hamier, Samuel Lewis Sewall (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 and CHEM 120, or CHEM 115, or equivalent.
    • Pre- or Co-requisite: CHEM 287.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CHEM 257D1/D2 or CHEM 277D1/D2.

U1 Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits selected from:

  • 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 2015

    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
  • MIMM 211 Introductory Microbiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : A general treatment of microbiology bearing specifically on the biological properties of microorganisms. Emphasis will be on procaryotic cells. Basic principles of microbial genetics are also introduced.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Benoit Cousineau, Selena Sagan, Dao Nguyen (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours of lecture
    • Corequisite: BIOL 200
  • PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Physiology of body fluids, blood, body defense mechanisms, muscle, peripheral, central, and autonomic nervous systems.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Ann Wechsler, Phil Gold, David S Ragsdale (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lectures weekly
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, PHYS 101 or PHYS 131, and PHYS 102 or PHYS 142. Pre-/co-requisites: BIOL 200, CHEM 212 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PHGY 211 or students who are taking and who have taken NSCI 200.
    • Restriction: For students in the Faculty of Science, and other students by permission of the instructor
  • PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : Physiology of cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine and renal systems.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John H White, Ann Wechsler, Tomoko Takano (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lectures weekly
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 110, CHEM 120, PHYS 101 or PHYS 131, and PHYS 102 or PHYS 142. Pre-/co-requisite: BIOL 200, BIOL 201, BIOC 212, CHEM 212 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: For students in the Faculty of Science, and other students by permission of the instructor
    • Although PHGY 210 may be taken without the prior passing of PHGY 209, students should note that they may have some initial difficulties because of lack of familiarity with some basic concepts introduced in PHGY 209

U2 Required Courses (23 credits)

  • ANAT 262 Introductory Molecular and Cell Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Anatomy and Cell Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Anatomy & Cell Biology : The architectural, functional and temporal continuity of organelles and the cytoskeleton of mammalian cells is introduced as well as their functional integration in the phenomena of exocytosis, endocytosis, protein trafficking and cell motility and adhesion.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John Presley (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Corequisites: ANAT 212 or BIOC 212 or BIOL 201
    • Restriction: Open to students in biological sciences and others by special permission
  • BIOC 300D1 Laboratory in Biochemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : A comprehensive course in modern biochemical techniques involving properties of enzymes, metabolism, fractionation of organelles from mammalian cells and molecular biology.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Imed Eddine Gallouzi, Michel Tremblay, Kalle Burgess Gehring (Fall)

    • Fall/Winter
    • 1 lecture and one 6-hour lab per week
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200 and BIOL 201 or BIOC 212, CHEM 222; CHEM 257D1/CHEM 257D2 recommended.
    • Corequisites: BIOC 311 and BIOC 312.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOL 301.
    • For students in Biochemistry programs, others with permission of instructor
    • Students must register for both BIOC 300D1 and BIOC 300D2.
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both BIOC 300D1 and BIOC 300D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • BIOC 300D2 Laboratory in Biochemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : See BIOC 300D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jose Guerreiro Teodoro, Silvia Vidal (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: BIOC 300D1
    • No credit will be given for this course unless both BIOC 300D1 and BIOC 300D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms
  • BIOC 311 Metabolic Biochemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : The generation of metabolic energy in higher organisms with an emphasis on its regulation at the molecular, cellular and organ level. Chemical concepts and mechanisms of enzymatic catalysis are also emphasized. Included: selected topics in carbohydrate, lipid and nitrogen metabolism; complex lipids and biological membranes; hormonal signal transduction.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Julie St-Pierre, Thomas Martin Schmeing, Michel Tremblay (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or BIOC 212, CHEM 222
  • BIOC 312 Biochemistry of Macromolecules (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    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).

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Alain Nepveu, Gerard Pelletier, Bernard Turcotte (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: BIOC 311, BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or BIOC 212
  • CHEM 214 Physical Chemistry/Biological Sciences 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Emphasis is placed on the use of biological examples to illustrate the principles of physical chemistry. The relevance of physical chemistry to biology is stressed.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Anthony Mittermaier, Samuel Lewis Sewall (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 204 or CHEM 223/CHEM 243.
  • CHEM 302 Introductory Organic Chemistry 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Topics covered may include the following: Aromatic compounds, heterocyclic chemistry, sulfur and phosphorus chemistry, organosulfur and organophosphorus compounds, and biomolecules such as lipids, carbohydrates, amino acids, polypeptides, DNA and RNA.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: James L Gleason, Masad J Damha (Fall) Masad J Damha, James L Gleason (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 222, or permission of the instructor.
  • CHEM 362 Advanced Organic Chemistry Laboratory (2 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : An advanced laboratory with experiments related to the theoretical principles and synthetic methods of modern organic chemistry.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Michel Daoust, Mitchell Huot, Laura Pavelka (Fall) Mitchell Huot, Samuel Lewis Sewall, Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust (Winter)

    • Fall, Winter
    • Prerequisite or corequisite: CHEM 302. Not open to Honours or Majors in Chemistry

U2 Complementary Courses (3 credits)

3 credits selected from:

  • BIOL 309 Mathematical Models in Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Application of finite difference and differential equations to problems in cell and developmental biology, ecology and physiology. Qualitative, quantitative and graphical techniques are used to analyze mathematical models and to compare theoretical predictions with experimental data.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Leon Glass (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: one year of calculus. An additional course in calculus is recommended
  • 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 2014

    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.
  • COMP 202 Foundations of Programming (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to programming in a modern high-level language, modular software design and debugging. Programming concepts are illustrated using a variety of application areas.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Melanie Lyman-Abramovitch, Jonathan Tremblay (Fall) Jonathan Tremblay, Bentley Oakes (Winter)

    • 3 hours
    • Prerequisite: a CEGEP level mathematics course
    • Restrictions: COMP 202 and COMP 208 cannot both be taken for credit. COMP 202 is intended as a general introductory course, while COMP 208 is intended for students interested in scientific computation. COMP 202 cannot be taken for credit with or after COMP 250
  • MATH 203 Principles of Statistics 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Examples of statistical data and the use of graphical means to summarize the data. Basic distributions arising in the natural and behavioural sciences. The logical meaning of a test of significance and a confidence interval. Tests of significance and confidence intervals in the one and two sample setting (means, variances and proportions).

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Ana Best, David B Wolfson (Fall) Jose Andres Correa (Winter)

    • No calculus prerequisites
    • Restriction: This course is intended for students in all disciplines. For extensive course restrictions covering statistics courses see Section 3.6.1 of the Arts and of the Science sections of the calendar regarding course overlaps.
    • 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. Students should consult http://www.mcgill.ca/student-records/transfercredits/ for information regarding transfer credits for this course.
  • MATH 222 Calculus 3 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Taylor series, Taylor's theorem in one and several variables. Review of vector geometry. Partial differentiation, directional derivative. Extreme of functions of 2 or 3 variables. Parametric curves and arc length. Polar and spherical coordinates. Multiple integrals.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jian-Jun Xu, Michael Brandenbursky (Fall) Gantumur Tsogtgerel (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: MATH 141. Familiarity with vector geometry or Corequisite: MATH 133
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CEGEP course 201-303 or MATH 150, MATH 151 or MATH 227
  • PSYC 204 Introduction to Psychological Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychology : The statistical analysis of research data; frequency distributions; graphic representation; measures of central tendency and variability; elementary sampling theory and tests of significance.

    Terms: Fall 2014, Winter 2015

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) Fei Gu (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have passed a CEGEP statistics course(s) with a minimum grade of 75%: Mathematics 201-307 or 201-337 or equivalent or the combination of Quantitative Methods 300 with Mathematics 300
    • This course is a prerequisite for PSYC 305, PSYC 406, PSYC 310, PSYC 336
    • 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.

U3 Required Courses (6 credits)

  • BIOC 450 Protein Structure and Function (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary structure of enzymes. Active site mapping and site-specific mutagenesis of enzymes. Enzyme kinetics and mechanisms of catalysis. Multienzyme complexes.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Bhushan Nagar, Thomas Martin Schmeing, Enrico Purisima (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOC 311, BIOC 312 and/or sufficient organic chemistry.
    • Restriction: Intended primarily for students at the U3 level
  • BIOC 454 Nucleic Acids (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    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.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Josee Dostie, Jose Guerreiro Teodoro, Imed Eddine Gallouzi (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOC 311, BIOC 312 or permission of instructor

U3 Complementary Courses (6 credits)

At least 3 credits selected from:

  • BIOC 404 Biophysical Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

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

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John R Silvius, William Claude Galley, Thomas Martin Schmeing (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: CHEM 204, CHEM 214 or equivalent
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 404.
  • BIOC 458 Membranes and Cellular Signaling (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : An integrated treatment of the properties of biological membranes and of intracellular signaling, including the major role that membranes play in transducing and integrating cellular regulatory signals. Biological membrane organization and dynamics: membrane transport; membrane receptors and their associated effectors; mechanisms of regulation of cell growth, morphology, differentiation and death.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: John R Silvius, Chantal Autexier, Nathalie Lamarche (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: BIOC 212, ANAT 262; one of PHGY 209 or BIOL 205; one of BIOC 312 or ANAT 365; and BIOC 311 or permission of instructors.
    • Restriction: This course is also listed as ANAT 458. Not open to students who have taken or are taking ANAT 458 or BIOC 456
  • BIOC 503 Immunochemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : This course, presented in lecture format, emphasizes the molecular, genetic and structure function events that occur in the humoral immune response. Interleukins and other mediators of inflammation, a field in which rapid changes are occurring, are discussed. The clinical significance of fundamental biochemical findings is described.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Joseph Shuster (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: BIOC 311, BIOC 312
  • PSYT 455 Neurochemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Psychiatry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Psychiatry : Covers biochemical mechanisms underlying central nervous system function. Introduces basic neuroanatomy, CNS cell types and morphology, neuronal excitability, chemically mediated transmission, glial function. Biochemistry of specific neurotransmitters, endocrine effects on brain, brain energy metabolism and cerebral ischemia (stroke). With examples, where relevant, of biochemical processes disrupted in human CNS disease.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Naguib Mechawar, Ana Cecilia Flores Parkman, Tak Pan Wong (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisites: BIOC 311, BIOC 312 or permission of instructor
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken BIOC 455

The remainder, if any, to be selected from the following list:

  • BIOC 570 Biochemistry of Lipoproteins (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Structure, function and metabolism of lipids and lipoproteins as they relate to lipid storage diseases, obesity, diabetes and heart disease.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Robert Kiss (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: BIOC 311 or equivalent
    • Restriction: Open to U3 and graduate students
  • 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 2014

    Instructors: Frieder Schöck, Nam Sung Moon (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200 and one of BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212.
  • 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 2015

    Instructors: Yong Rao, Daniel Dufort, Tamara Western (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.
  • BIOL 304 Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course will show how the theory of evolution by natural selection provides the basis for understanding the whole of biology. The first half of the course describes the process of selection, while the second deals with evolution in the long term.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Gregor Rolshausen (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 205 and BIOL 215 or ENVR 202
  • 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 2015

    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 2014

    Instructors: Loydie Majewska, Patricia N Tonin, Giuseppina Ursini-Siegel (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200; BIOL 201 or ANAT 212 /BIOC 212
  • CHEM 382 Organic Chemistry: Natural Products (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Structure, synthesis, stereochemistry and biosynthesis of terpenes, alkaloids, antibiotics and selected molecules of medicinal interest.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Youla S Tsantrizos (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite/corequisite: CHEM 302
  • CHEM 502 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : This course will cover biologically relevant molecules, particularly nucleic acids, proteins, and their building blocks. In each case, synthesis and biological functions will be discussed. The topics include synthesis of oligonucleotides and peptides; chemistry of phosphates; enzyme structure and function; coenzymes, and enzyme catalysis; polyketides; antiviral and anticancer agents.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Karine Auclair (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 302
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CHEM 402.
  • CHEM 532 Structural Organic Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A practical course on the application of modern spectroscopic methods for the determination of structures of complex organic and organometallic compounds.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: James L Gleason (Fall)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 302
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken CHEM 352
  • CHEM 552 Physical Organic Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : The correlation of theory with physical measurements on organic systems; an introduction to photochemistry; solvent and substituent effects on organic reaction rates, etc.; reaction mechanisms.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Dmytro Perepichka (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 302
  • CHEM 572 Synthetic Organic Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : Synthetic methods in organic chemistry and their application to the synthesis of complex molecules.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Jean-Philip Lumb (Winter)

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 382
  • EXMD 502 Advanced Endocrinology 01 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : This course is designed for U3 students who are in a major or honours program in anatomy, biology, biochemistry or physiology and for graduate students. A multidisciplinary approach will be used to teach biosynthesis and processing of hormones, their regulation, function and mechanism of action. The material will cover hypothalamic, pituitary, thyroid, atrial and adrenal hormones as well as prostaglandins and related substances.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Andrew Bateman, Maia Kokoeva (Fall)

    • Fall
  • MIMM 214 Introductory Immunology: Elements of Immunity (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Basic immunology, organs and cells, elements of innate immunity, phagocytes, complement, elements of adaptive immunity, B-cells, T-cells, antigen presenting cells, MHC genes and molecules, antigen processing and presentation, cytokines and chemokines. Emphasis on anatomy and the molecular and cellular players working together as a physiological system to maintain human health.

    Terms: Winter 2015

    Instructors: Joaquin Madrenas (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200
    • Corequisite: BIOL 201 or ANAT 212/BIOC 212
  • MIMM 324 Fundamental Virology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : A study of the fundamental properties of viruses and their interactions with host cells. Bacteriophages, DNA- and RNA-containing animal viruses, and retroviruses are covered. Emphasis will be on phenomena occurring at the molecular level and on the regulated control of gene expression in virus-infected cells.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Chen Liang, Selena Sagan, Jose Guerreiro Teodoro (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours of lecture
    • Prerequisites: MIMM 211, BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or BIOC 212
  • PHAR 300 Drug Action (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Principles of pharmacology and toxicology. Frequently encountered drugs will be used as a focus to illustrate sites and mechanisms of action, distribution, metabolism, elimination and adverse side effects.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Edith Zorychta, Barbara F Hales (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, PHGY 209, PHGY 210 and one of BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212 or permission of instructor.
  • PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses & Hormones (3 credits)

    Offered by: Physiology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Physiology : In-depth presentation of experimental results and hypotheses on cellular communication in the nervous system and the endocrine system.

    Terms: Fall 2014

    Instructors: Ellis Cooper, Per Jesper Sjostrom, Reza Sharif Naeini (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours of lectures per week; 1-3 hours optional lab/demonstration/tutorial arranged for a maximum of 3 afternoons per term
    • Prerequisite: PHGY 209 or permission of the instructor.
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