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Liberal Program - Core Science Component Biology (47 credits)

Offered by: Biology     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

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)

    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 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

  • 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.

  • BIOL 205 Functional Biology of Plants and Animals (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 2021

    Instructors: Sakata, Jon; Barrett, Rowan; Soper, Fiona (Winter)

  • BIOL 215 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    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 2020

    Instructors: Price, Neil; Abouheif, Ehab; Sunday, Jennifer (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lecture

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 111

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENVR 202

  • 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)

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 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Introduction to modern methods used in organismal biology, including ecological sampling, experimental methods and statistics. Particular emphasis is on ways of thinking about the design of sampling programs and the analyses of data to test hypotheses using observational or experimental data.

    Terms: Fall 2020

    Instructors: Pollock, Laura; Larsson, Hans Carl; Leung, Brian (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 1. 2 hours lecture, 2. 3 hours laboratory

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 111 or equivalent

  • BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Laboratory (4 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to biology research and communication with a focus on cell and molecular biology. Through conducting a series of project-based experiments and writing a final report, molecular and synthetic biology techniques such as gene cloning, manipulation, protein isolation and characterization and how research is conducted, analyzed and communicated will be addressed. In addition, an introduction to bioinformatics methods and their role in analysis will be provided.

    Terms: Fall 2020, Winter 2021

    Instructors: Zheng, Huanquan; Western, Tamara; Harrison, Paul; Reyes Lamothe, Rodrigo (Fall) Zheng, Huanquan; Western, Tamara; Harrison, Paul; Reyes Lamothe, Rodrigo (Winter)

    • Fall or Winter

    • 1 hour lecture and one 6-hour laboratory

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, BIOL 201 (or ANAT 212/BIOC 212); or BIOL 219

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOC 300, or BIOC 220 and BIOC 320. 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 Biology 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.

Faculty of Science—2020-2021 (last updated Mar. 27, 2020) (disclaimer)
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