Students may complete this program with a minimum of 45 credits or a maximum of 47 credits depending on their choice of complementary courses.
Required Courses (19 credits)
* If a student has already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent, the 4 credits can be made up with a 3-credit complementary.
BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)
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)
BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)
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)
BIOL 202 Basic Genetics (3 credits)
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)
BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms (3 credits)
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)
BIOL 215 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (3 credits)
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)
CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits) *
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: Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Mitchell Huot, Youla S Tsantrizos, Laura Pavelka (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 (28 credits)
Students complete a minimum of 27 credits or a maximum of 28 complementary course credits selected as follows:
3 or 4 credits selected from:
BIOL 206 Methods in Biology of Organisms (3 credits)
Biology (Sci) : Introduction to modern methods used in organismal biology, including ecological sampling, experimental methods and statistics, taxonomic and phylogenetic analysis of biodiversity, experimental behavioural ecology, microbiological methods, and library search procedures.
Terms: Fall 2013
Instructors: Andrew Gonzalez, Martin J Lechowicz, Gregor Fussmann (Fall)
1.5 hours lecture, 3.5 hours laboratory and local field trip in week 2
Prerequisite: BIOL 111 or equivalent
BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Laboratory (4 credits)
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
Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOC 300. Requires departmental approval.
For approval email anne-marie.sdicu [at] mcgill.ca. Specify your ID number as well as the term and two lab day preferences.
24 credits of Biology courses
9 credits of which, in consultation with the Program Adviser, can be replaced with appropriate Science courses from other departments.
No more than 6 of the 24 credits can be taken at the 200 level.