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Honours Microbiology and Immunology (72 credits)

Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

The Honours program is designed to offer, in addition to the substantial background given by the Major program, a significant research experience in a laboratory within the Department during the U3 year. Students are prepared for this independent research project by following an advanced laboratory course in U2. This program is intended to prepare students for graduate study in microbiology and immunology or related fields, but could also be chosen by students intending to enter medical research after medical school, or intending to enter the job market in a laboratory research environment.

Students intending to apply to Honours must follow the Major program in U1 and U2 and must obtain a CGPA of at least 3.50 at the end of their U2 year. For graduation in Honours, students must pass all required courses with a C or better, and achieve a sessional GPA of at least 3.30 in the U3 year.

U1 Required Courses (26 credits)

* Students who have taken CHEM 212 in CEGEP are exempt and must replace these credits with an elective course(s).

** Students who have taken CHEM 222 in CEGEP are exempt and must replace these credits with an elective course(s).

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Roy, Richard D W; Bureau, Thomas E; Hastings, Kenneth E M; Champetier, Serge (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 2021

    Instructors: Western, Tamara; Nilson, Laura; Schoen, Daniel J; Hipfner, David; Dankort, David; Champetier, Serge (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 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 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Vlaho, Danielle; Pavelka, Laura; Sirjoosingh, Pallavi (Fall) Vlaho, Danielle; Luedtke, Nathan; Sirjoosingh, Pallavi (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 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Auclair, Karine; Vlaho, Danielle; Pavelka, Laura (Fall) Vlaho, Danielle; Sirjoosingh, Pallavi (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.

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Matlashewski, Greg J; Nguyen, Dao; Sheppard, Donald; Shapiro, Benjamin Jesse; Murgita, Robert A; Gruenheid, Samantha; Archambault, Jacques; Chahal, Jasmin (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours of lecture

    • Corequisite: BIOL 200

  • MIMM 212 Laboratory in Microbiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : This laboratory course is designed to complement MIMM 211. Sessions introduce general techniques peculiar to the handling of microorganisms.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Gruenheid, Samantha (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours laboratory, 1 hour lecture, 1 hour follow-up

    • Corequisite: MIMM 211

  • 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 2021

    Instructors: Trottier, Claire (Winter)

One of:

  • 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 2021

    Instructors: Pause, Arnim; Reinhardt, Dieter; Duchaine, Thomas; Kiss, Robert (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 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 2021

    Instructors: Brouhard, Gary; Champetier, Serge (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

U1, U2, or U3 Required Course (3 credits)

One of:

  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • 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.

  • 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 2020, Winter 2021, Summer 2021

    Instructors: Correa, Jose Andres; Sajjad, Alia (Fall) Sajjad, Alia (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/students/transfercredit for information regarding transfer credits for this course.

  • 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 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Flake, Jessica (Fall) Kreitewolf, Jens (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.

U2 Required Courses (19 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 2020

    Instructors: Denis, Maxime; Giguere, Vincent; Gehring, Kalle Burgess; Kazak, Lawrence (Fall)

  • MIMM 301 Scientific Writing Skills in MIMM (1 credit)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Scientific and communication skills, including searching the literature, reading primary papers, managing citations and using them appropriately, as well as interpreting scientific data, synthesizing findings from the scientific literature, and writing a scientific paper. This course will allow students to practice scientific writing skills through various steps intended to provide feedback.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Chahal, Jasmin; Dechief, Diane (Winter)

  • MIMM 314 Intermediate Immunology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : An intermediate-level immunology course covering the cellular and molecular basis of lymphocyte development and activation in immune responses in health and disease.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Piccirillo, Ciriaco; King, Irah (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours of lecture

    • Prerequisite: MIMM 214

  • MIMM 323 Microbial Physiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : An introduction to the composition and structure of microbial cells, the biochemical activities associated with cellular metabolism and how these activities are regulated and coordinated. The course will have a molecular and genetic approach to the study of microbial physiology.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Marczynski, Gregory T; Turcotte, Bernard (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours of lecture

    • Prerequisite: MIMM 211

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Sagan, Selena; Teodoro, Jose Guerreiro; Liang, Chen; Briedis, Dalius J; Mouland, Andrew J; Archambault, Jacques (Fall)

  • MIMM 384 Molecular Microbiology Laboratory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : A series of laboratory exercises in molecular biology and microbial genetics during the Fall term. As part of a term paper writing project, students will explore contemporary research subjects that represent the wide interests of the Microbiology and Immunology departmentâ•Žs faculty. The general objective is to provide practical and theoretical introduction to the technology and methodology used in contemporary microbiology research.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Marczynski, Gregory T; Koromilas, Antonis E; Tellier, Raymond; Trottier, Claire; Chahal, Jasmin (Fall)

  • MIMM 385 Laboratory in Immunology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : This laboratory course allows students to gain expertise in following protocols and performing key techniques in immunology. Students also develop basic experimental design and scientific thinking skills by designing their own experiments based on available reagents to solve a problem. Students learn to keep a lab book and communicate scientific findings in written and oral form.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Fournier, Sylvie (Winter)

U3 Required Courses (12 credits)

  • MIMM 413 Parasitology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : A study of the biology, immunological aspects of host-parasite interactions, pathogenicity, epidemiology and molecular biological aspects of selected parasites of medical importance. Laboratory will consist of a lecture on techniques, demonstrations and practical work.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Matlashewski, Greg J; Ndao, Momar; Geary, Timothy (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: MIMM 314 or equivalent - ANAT 261 is strongly recommended

  • MIMM 501D1 Honours Research Project in Immunology (6 credits) *

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Presentation of students' research findings in a seminar and a final written report.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MIMM 502D1/D2. Open to U3 Honours students and Majors students.

    • Required CGPA: 3.50 or higher

    • An information meeting about the course is held annually in January for students who intend to apply for registration.

    • Students must register for both MIMM 501D1 and MIMM 501D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MIMM 501D1 and MIMM 501D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

  • MIMM 501D2 Honours Research Project in Immunology (6 credits) *

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : See MIMM 501D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Prerequisite: MIMM 501D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MIMM 501D1 and MIMM 501D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms.

  • MIMM 502D1 Honours Research Project in Microbiology (6 credits) *

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Presentation of students' research findings in a seminar and a final written report.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Fall

    • Restrictions: U3 Honours students and Majors students are eligible. Required CGPA: 3.50 or higher.

    • More than 18 hours per week for an independent research project.

    • An information meeting about the course is held annually in January for students who intend to apply for registration.

    • Students must register for both MIMM 502D1 and MIMM 502D2.

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MIMM 502D1 and MIMM 502D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • MIMM 502D2 Honours Research Project in Microbiology (6 credits) *

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : See MIMM 502D1 for course description.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: MIMM 502D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both MIMM 502D1 and MIMM 502D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • MIMM 503 Honours Research Project in Immunology 1 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Presentation of students' research findings in a seminar and a final written report.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: King, Irah; Sheppard, Donald (Fall)

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MIMM 501D1/D2 and MIMM 502D1/D2.

    • Open to U3 Honours students

    • Required CGPA: 3.50 or higher

    • Students must register for both MIMM 503 and MIMM 504.

  • MIMM 504 Honours Research Project in Immunology 2 (6 credits) *

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Presentation of student's research findings in a seminar and a final written report.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: King, Irah; Sheppard, Donald (Winter)

  • MIMM 505 Honours Research Project in Molecular Microbiology 1 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Presentation of students' research findings in a seminar and a final written report.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: King, Irah; Sheppard, Donald (Fall)

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MIMM 501D1/D2 and MIMM 502D1/D2.

    • Open to U3 Honours students.

    • Students must register for both MIMM 505 and MIMM 506.

    • Required CGPA: 3.50 or higher

  • MIMM 506 Honours Research Project in Molecular Microbiology 2 (6 credits) *

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Presentation of students' research findings in a seminar and a final written report.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: King, Irah; Sheppard, Donald (Winter)

*Please note for the 2020-2021 academic year students need to take both MIMM 503 and MIMM 504 OR
MIMM 505 and MIMM 506. MIMM 501D1/D2 and MIMM 502D1/D2 will not be offered in 2020-2021.

U3 Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits selected from:

  • MIMM 414 Advanced Immunology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : An advanced course serving as a logical extension of MIMM 314. The course will integrate molecular, cellular and biochemical events involved in the ontogeny of the lymphoid system and its activation in the immune response. The course will provide the student with an up-to-date understanding of a rapidly moving field.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Fritz, Jörg; Pike, Kelly-Anne (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hour lecture

    • Prerequisite: MIMM 314

  • MIMM 465 Bacterial Pathogenesis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Familiarizes students with key principles and recent advances in our understanding of the strategies that bacteria use to infect and cause disease, as well as the approaches used in the prevention and treatment of bacterial infections.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Reed, Michael; Nguyen, Dao; Shapiro, Benjamin Jesse; Behr, Marcel A; Denis, Maxime; Ward, Brian; Gruenheid, Samantha; Veyrier, Frédéric (Fall)

  • MIMM 466 Viral Pathogenesis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : A study of the biological and molecular aspects of viral pathogenesis with emphasis on the human pathogenic viruses including the retroviruses HIV and HTLV-1; herpes viruses; papilloma viruses; hepatitis viruses; and new emerging human viral diseases. These viruses will be discussed in terms of virus multiplication, gene expression virus-induced cytopathic effects and host immune response to infection.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Liang, Chen; Gatignol, Anne; Briedis, Dalius J; Mouland, Andrew J; Ward, Brian; Routy, Jean-Pierre; Archambault, Jacques; Liu, Qian (Winter)

Complementary Courses (6 credits)

6 credits selected from:

  • ANAT 261 Introduction to Dynamic Histology (4 credits)

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

    Overview

    Anatomy & Cell Biology : An introduction to light and electron microscopic anatomy in which cell and tissue dynamics will be explored in the principal tissues and organs of the body.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Mandato, Craig A.; Morales, Carlos R (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lectures, 2 hours laboratory

    • Must be taken in U1 by students in Anatomy and Cell Biology programs

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or CEGEP equivalent

    • Restriction: Open to students in biological sciences and others by special permission

  • 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 2021

    Instructors: Presley, John; Stochaj, Ursula; Bechstedt, Susanne; Bui, Khanh Huy (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

  • ANAT 365 Cellular Trafficking (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Anatomy & Cell Biology : This course explores the fundamental mechanisms that govern the organizations of intracellular membranes, how vesicle generation is signaled, how the membranes curve and bud, and how vesicles know where to go and fuse. In addition to intracellular vesicles, the principles of mitochondrial dynamics and process of cellular autophagy are examined. Also, there is a focus on "Applied Cell Biology", with respect to how the exquisite regulation of cellular transport plays a central role in complex biological systems. A series of modules will take students through the mechanisms of cellular polarity, neurotransmission, metabolic cell biology, pathogen invasion, and more. The emphasis is on the morphological aspects of the processes, and on the major techniques that led to discovery.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: McBride, Heidi; McPherson, Peter Scott; Kennedy, Timothy E; Stroh, Thomas; Sossin, Wayne Steven; Estall, Jennifer (Fall)

  • ANAT 458 Membranes and Cellular Signaling (3 credits)

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

    Overview

    Anatomy & Cell Biology : 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 2021

    Instructors: Denis, Maxime; Autexier, Chantal; Lamarche, Nathalie; Reinhardt, Dieter (Winter)

  • 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 2021

    Instructors: Huang, Sidong; Richard, Stephane; Sonenberg, Nahum; Pelletier, Gerard; Tremblay, Michel; Dostie, Josee; Giguere, Vincent (Winter)

  • BIOC 404 Biophysical Methods in Biochemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biochemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biochemistry : Applications and fundamental bases of important biophysical techniques used in modern biochemistry research laboratories to isolate, characterize and determine the structure and dynamics of proteins, nucleic acids, small molecules and complexes that underlie life and disease.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Schmeing, Thomas Martin; Trempe, Jean Francois; Hendricks, Adam; Ortega, Joaquin; Guarne, Alba (Winter)

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Nagar, Bhushan; Schmeing, Thomas Martin; Purisima, Enrico; Gehring, Kalle Burgess; Berghuis, Albert; von Roretz, Christopher; Young, Jason; Guarne, Alba (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 2020

    Instructors: Pastor, William; Teodoro, Jose Guerreiro; Gallouzi, Imed Eddine; Nepveu, Alain; Dostie, Josee; Duchaine, Thomas; Huang, Sidong; Watson, Ian (Fall)

  • 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 2021

    Instructors: Denis, Maxime; Autexier, Chantal; Lamarche, Nathalie; Reinhardt, Dieter (Winter)

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Schöck, Frieder; Nilson, Laura; Lasko, Paul (Fall)

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Bub, Gil (Fall)

  • BIOL 314 Molecular Biology of Cancer (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The molecular basis of human cancers, including analyzing the events that promote the formation of oncogenes and inhibit tumour suppressor genes, the biochemical properties of the proteins encoded by these genes, and their functions. Current molecular targets for cancer therapy and the concepts and consequences of inheriting mutations in genes that predispose to cancer.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Dankort, David; Christensen, Karen Elizabeth (Winter)

  • BIOL 520 Gene Activity in Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An analysis of the role and regulation of gene expression in several models of eukaryotic development. The emphasis will be on critical evaluation of recent literature concerned with molecular or genetic approaches to the problems of cellular differentiation and determination. Recent research reports will be discussed in conferences and analyzed in written critiques.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Gerhold, Abigail (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours lecture and discussion

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 300 and BIOL 303 or permission

  • BIOT 505 Selected Topics in Biotechnology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biotechnology : Current methods and recent advances in biological, medical, agricultural and engineering aspects of biotechnology will be described and discussed. An extensive reading list will complement the lecture material.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Butler, Ian Sydney (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Restriction: U3 students

  • CHEM 203 Survey of Physical Chemistry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : The fundamentals of thermodynamics and chemical kinetics with applications to biomolecular systems. Thermodynamic and kinetic control of biological processes.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Ronis, David M (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: CHEM 110 and CHEM 120 or equivalent.

    • Restrictions: Intended for students in biological science programs requiring only one course in physical chemistry. Not open to students who have taken or are taking CHEM 204 or CHEM 213 or CHEM 223 and CHEM 243.

  • 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 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Simine, Yelena; Mittermaier, Anthony (Fall) Ronis, David M (Winter)

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Damha, Masad J (Fall)

    • Fall, Winter

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

  • COMP 204 Computer Programming for Life Sciences (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Computer Science (Sci): Computer programming in a high level language: variables, expressions, types, functions, conditionals, loops, objects and classes. Introduction to algorithms, modular software design, libraries, file input/output, debugging. Emphasis on applications in the life sciences.

    Terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Blanchette, Mathieu (Fall) Li, Yue (Winter)

  • COMP 206 Introduction to Software Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Comprehensive overview of programming in C, use of system calls and libraries, debugging and testing of code; use of developmental tools like make, version control systems.

    Terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: D'silva, Joseph (Fall) D'silva, Joseph; Vybihal, Joseph P (Winter)

  • COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Mathematical tools (binary numbers, induction, recurrence relations, asymptotic complexity, establishing correctness of programs), Data structures (arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary trees, binary search trees, heaps, hash tables), Recursive and non-recursive algorithms (searching and sorting, tree and graph traversal). Abstract data types, inheritance. Selected topics.

    Terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Alberini, Giulia (Fall) Alberini, Giulia (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: Familiarity with a high level programming language and CEGEP level Math.

    • Students with limited programming experience should take COMP 202 or equivalent before COMP 250. See COMP 202 Course Description for a list of topics.

  • EXMD 504 Biology of Cancer (3 credits)

    Offered by: Medicine (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Experimental Medicine : An introduction to the biology of malignancy. A multidisciplinary approach dealing with the etiology of cancer, the biological properties of malignant cells, the host response to tumour cell growth and the principles of cancer therapy.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Garzia, Livia; Teodoro, Jose Guerreiro; Witcher, Michael; Gold, Phil; Michel, Rene; Brodt, Penina; Laneuville, Pierre; Tonin, Patricia N; Bailey, Swneke; Malagon, Talia (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite (Undergraduate): A good knowledge of biology at the cellular and molecular level. Open to U3 and graduate students only

  • MIMM 387 The Business of Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : The ability to select and manipulate genetic material has led to unprecedented interest in the industrial applications of procaryotic and eucaryotic cells. Beginning in the 1970s the introduction of and subsequent refinements to recombinant DNA technology and hybridoma technology transformed the horizons of the biopharmaceutical world. This course will highlight the important events that link basic research to clinical/commercial application of new drugs and chemicals.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Archambault, Jacques; Briedis, Dalius J; Tsoukas, Christos M; Antel, Jack P; Ward, Brian; Chahal, Jasmin (Winter)

    • Winter

    • Prerequisite: At least one 200-level course in a biological or biomedical discipline or permission of instructor

  • MIMM 414 Advanced Immunology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : An advanced course serving as a logical extension of MIMM 314. The course will integrate molecular, cellular and biochemical events involved in the ontogeny of the lymphoid system and its activation in the immune response. The course will provide the student with an up-to-date understanding of a rapidly moving field.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Fritz, Jörg; Pike, Kelly-Anne (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hour lecture

    • Prerequisite: MIMM 314

  • MIMM 465 Bacterial Pathogenesis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : Familiarizes students with key principles and recent advances in our understanding of the strategies that bacteria use to infect and cause disease, as well as the approaches used in the prevention and treatment of bacterial infections.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Reed, Michael; Nguyen, Dao; Shapiro, Benjamin Jesse; Behr, Marcel A; Denis, Maxime; Ward, Brian; Gruenheid, Samantha; Veyrier, Frédéric (Fall)

  • MIMM 466 Viral Pathogenesis (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : A study of the biological and molecular aspects of viral pathogenesis with emphasis on the human pathogenic viruses including the retroviruses HIV and HTLV-1; herpes viruses; papilloma viruses; hepatitis viruses; and new emerging human viral diseases. These viruses will be discussed in terms of virus multiplication, gene expression virus-induced cytopathic effects and host immune response to infection.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Liang, Chen; Gatignol, Anne; Briedis, Dalius J; Mouland, Andrew J; Ward, Brian; Routy, Jean-Pierre; Archambault, Jacques; Liu, Qian (Winter)

  • MIMM 509 Inflammatory Processes (3 credits)

    Offered by: Microbiology & Immunology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Microbiology and Immun (Sci) : This course concentrates on the non-specific aspects of the immune response, an area which is not adequately covered by the other immunology courses presented at the university. Interactions between guest researchers (from McGill and other universities) and students will be furthered.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Rauch, Joyce Ellen; Di Battista, Giovanni (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours of seminar

    • Corequisite: PHGY 513 or MIMM 414

    • This course will be given in conjunction with the Division of Experimental Medicine

    • Prerequisite: MIMM 314

  • PATH 300 Human Disease (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pathology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pathology : Provides a fundamental understanding of the diseases prevalent in North America, for upper level students in the biological sciences. Includes: general responses of cells and organ systems to injury; assessment of individual diseases by relating the causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention to the primary biological abnormalities in each disorder.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Zorychta, Edith (Winter)

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Zorychta, Edith; Hales, Barbara F (Fall)

  • PHAR 301 Drugs and Disease (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : This course further explores the basic principles of pharmacology as illustrated by drugs used in the treatment of disease. Emphasis is placed on drugs used for diseases prevalent in North America.

    Terms: Winter 2021

    Instructors: Castagner, Bastien; Hales, Barbara F; Clarke, Paul; Bowie, Derek; Thanabalasuriar, Ajitha (Winter)

  • PHAR 562 Neuropharmacology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : Topics in pharmacology with an emphasis on molecular mechanisms of drug-action and cellular targets in the nervous system.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Bowie, Derek; Trempe, Jean Francois; Clarke, Paul; McKinney, R. Anne; Khoutorsky, Arkady; Multhaup, Gerhard; Munter, Lisa (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisite: PHAR 301 or with permission of instructor.

    • Restriction: Open to U3 students in the minor, major or honours program in Pharmacology, or with permission of instructor.

  • PHAR 563 Endocrine Pharmacology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Pharmacology and Therapeutics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Pharmacology and Therapeutics : This advanced course covers selected topics in pharmacology of reproductive, endocrine, and metabolic disorders.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Bernard, Daniel; Robaire, Bernard; Trasler, Jacquetta M (Fall)

    • Prerequisite: PHAR 301 or permission of the instructor(s)

    • Restriction: Open to U3 students in the minor, major or honours program in Pharmacology, or with permission of instructor.

    • Course material will be presented in the form of lectures and student-led presentations.

  • 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 2020

    Instructors: Vollrath, Melissa; Wechsler, Ann; Ragsdale, David S; Shrier, Alvin; Cook, Erik; Aguer, Céline (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 2021

    Instructors: Vollrath, Melissa; Takano, Tomoko; Guevara, Michael R; Lauzon, Anne-Marie; White, John H (Winter)

  • 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: This course is not scheduled for the 2020-2021 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2020-2021 academic year.

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