Liberal Program - Core Science Component Biochemistry (47 credits)

Offered by: Biochemistry     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

U1 Required Courses (23 credits)

* Students with CEGEP-level credit for CHEM 212 and/or CHEM 222 should replace these courses with elective courses.

  • 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 2018

    Instructors: Arnim Pause, Imed Eddine Gallouzi, 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.

  • BIOC 220 Laboratory Methods in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Introduction to key methodologies for the isolation, detection and characterization of proteins, lipids, nucleic acids and subcellular fractions, including spectrophotometry, assays of enzymatic activities and chromatographic and electrophoretic methods. Analysis of biochemical data.

    Terms: Winter 2018

    Instructors: Ian Watson (Winter)

    • Prerequisite(s): BIOL 200

    • Corequisite(s): BIOC 212 and CHEM222

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken BIOC 300D1/D2 or BIOL 301. For students in Biochemistry programs, others with permission of instructor.

  • 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 2017

    Instructors: Kenneth E M Hastings, Paul Lasko, Tomoko Oyama, Richard D W Roy, Thomas E Bureau (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 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Nam Sung Moon, Laura Nilson, Tamara Western (Winter) 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.

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Patanjali Kambhampati (Fall) Amy Blum (Winter)

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Hanadi Sleiman (Fall) Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Jean-Philip Lumb (Winter)

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Dmytro Perepichka (Fall) Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Nicolas Moitessier, Mitchell Huot (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.

U1 Complementary Courses** (6 credits)

** Complementary courses listed for U1 and U2 may be taken in later years if necessary to accommodate courses that must be taken in U1 and U2 as part of the breadth component of the program.
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 2018

    Instructors: Jon Sakata, Sarah Woolley, Anna Hargreaves (Winter)

  • 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 2017

    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 2017

    Instructors: Melissa Vollrath, Phil Gold, Ann Wechsler (Fall)

  • 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 2018

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

U2 Required Courses (12 credits)

  • 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 2017

    Instructors: Maxime Denis, Michel Tremblay, Vincent Giguere (Fall)

  • 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 2018

    Instructors: Sidong Huang, Stephane Richard, Imed Eddine Gallouzi (Winter)

  • BIOC 320 Laboratory Methods in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 2 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Modern molecular-biological methods for isolation and characterization of nucleic acids and for analysis of RNA and protein expression, including: plasmid expression, isolation, restriction and ligation; electrophoretic methods and Western blotting; PCR and qPCR applications; immunofluorescence microscopy and basic bioinformatics approaches.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jose Guerreiro Teodoro (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): BIOC 220

    • Restriction(s): Not open to students who have taken BIOC 300D1/D2 or BIOL 301. For students in Biochemistry programs, others with permission of instructor.

  • 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 2017

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

    • Fall, Winter

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 112, CHEM 222, or permission of the instructor.

U2 Complementary Courses** (3 credits)

** Complementary courses listed for U1 and U2 may be taken in later years if necessary to accommodate courses that must be taken in U1 and U2 as part of the breadth component of the program.
3 credits selected from:

  • 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 2017

    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.

  • CHEM 267 Introductory Chemical Analysis (3 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. The laboratory component includes introductory experiments in analytical chemistry emphasizing classical and instrumental methods of quantitative analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2017

    Instructors: Jan Hamier, Samuel Lewis Sewall, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Janine Mauzeroll (Fall)

  • 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 2017

    Instructors: Jan Hamier, Samuel Lewis Sewall, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Fall)

  • COMP 202 Foundations of Programming (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to computer programming in a high level language: variables, expressions, primitive types, methods, conditionals, loops. Introduction to algorithms, data structures (arrays, strings), modular software design, libraries, file input/output, debugging, exception handling. Selected topics.

    Terms: Fall 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: David Becerra Romero, Giulia Alberini (Fall) Giulia Alberini, 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 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Abbas Khalili Mahmoudabadi, David B Wolfson (Fall)

    • 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/students/transfercredit 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 2017, Winter 2018, Summer 2018

    Instructors: Stephen W Drury, Niko Laaksonen (Fall) Stephen W Drury (Winter)

  • 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 2017, Winter 2018

    Instructors: Rhonda N Amsel (Fall) Mohammad Darainy (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 Complementary Courses (3 credits)

3 credits selected from:

  • 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 2017

    Instructors: Bhushan Nagar, Enrico Purisima, Kalle Burgess Gehring (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 2017

    Instructors: Josee Dostie, Selena Sagan, Jose Guerreiro Teodoro (Fall)

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