Major program

The MAJOR program becomes more specialized in Biochemistry during the final two years, providing and building on knowledge from diverse areas of chemistry, 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 careers in a variety of sceince-related careers in R&D, in the hospital, university and government sectors and in the biomedical and biotechnology industries.

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) - Major Biochemistry(64 Credits)

    Offered by:Biochemistry
    Degree:Bachelor of Science

Program Requirement:

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

  • BIOC 220 Lab Meth in Biochem&Mol Biol 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • BIOL 202 Basic Genetics 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • CHEM 204 Physical Chem./Biol.Sci. 1 3 Credits
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
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  • CHEM 212 Intro Organic Chemistry 1 4 Credits*
      Offered in the:
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  • CHEM 222 Intro Organic Chemistry 2 4 Credits*
      Offered in the:
    • Fall
    • Winter
    • Summer


U1 Complementary Courses (6 credits)



    6 credits selected from:


    • BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
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    • MIMM 211 Introductory Microbiology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • PHGY 209 Mammalian Physiology 1 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
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    • PHGY 210 Mammalian Physiology 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    U2 Required Courses (20 credits)


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

    • BIOC 311 Metabolic Biochemistry 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
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    • BIOC 312 Biochemistry of Macromolecules 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • BIOC 320 Lab Meth in Biochem&Mol Biol 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer

    • CHEM 214 Physical Chem./Biol. Sci. 2 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
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    • CHEM 302 Intro Organic Chemistry 3 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
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    • CHEM 362 Advanced Organic Chem Lab 2 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    U2 Complementary Courses (3 credits)

    3 credits selected from:


    • BIOL 309 Mathematical Models in Biology 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
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    • BIOL 373 Biometry 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
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    • CHEM 267 Introductory Chemical Analysis 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
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    • PSYC 204 Intro to Psychological Stats 3 Credits
        Offered in the:
      • Fall
      • Winter
      • Summer


    U3 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


    U3 Complementary Courses (6 credits)



      3-6 credits selected from:


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

      • BIOC 470 Lipids&Lipoproteins in Disease 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • BIOC 491 Independent Research 6 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
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      • BIOC 503 Immunochemistry 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
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      • PSYT 455 Neurochemistry 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer


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


      • BIOL 300 Molecular Biology of the Gene 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
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      • BIOL 303 Developmental Biology 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
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      • BIOL 304 Evolution 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
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      • BIOL 313 Eukaryotic Cell Biology 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
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      • BIOL 314 Molecular Biology of Oncogenes 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • CHEM 267 Introductory Chemical Analysis 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer

      • CHEM 482 Organic Chem:Natural Products 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
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      • CHEM 502 Advanced Bio-Organic Chemistry 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
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      • 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 1 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
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      • PHGY 311 Channels, Synapses & Hormones 3 Credits
          Offered in the:
        • Fall
        • Winter
        • Summer