X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Biochemistry (BIOC)

College of Biological Science, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology

A B.Sc. in Biochemistry offers a multidisciplinary curriculum that gives students broad exposure to the life sciences with specific attention paid to the physical and chemical nature of biomolecular systems. The lab-intensive experience in this program prepares students to pursue post-graduate research opportunities in many different life science related fields. Graduates are also positioned to be successful in obtaining entrance to a number of professional programs, as well as employment in industry and government.

Students may enter this major in Semester 1 or any semester thereafter. A student wishing to declare the major may wish to consult the Faculty Advisor. The major will require the completion of at least 20.00 credits as indicated below:

Major (Honours Program)

Semester 1
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I
PHYS*1080 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences
0.50 Liberal Education electives

Students lacking Grade 12 or 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics should follow the revised schedule of study for this major found at https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/revised_SS

Semester 2
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
MATH*1090 [0.50] Elements of Calculus II
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences II
Semester 3
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
MBG*2040 [0.50] Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
MICR*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Microbiology
STAT*2040 [0.50] Statistics I
0.50 Liberal Education electives
Semester 4
BIOC*3560 [0.50] Structure and Function in Biochemistry
CHEM*2480 [0.50] Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM*2700 [0.50] Organic Chemistry I
MCB*2050 [0.50] Molecular Biology of the Cell
MICR*2430 [0.50] Methods in Microbial Culture and Physiology
Semester 5
BIOC*3570 [0.75] Analytical Biochemistry
CHEM*2880 [0.50] Physical Chemistry
CHEM*3750 [0.50] Organic Chemistry II
electives or restricted electives to a maximum of 2.75 total credits
Semester 6
MBG*3350 [0.75] Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology
electives or restricted electives to a maximum of 2.75 total credits
Semester 7
2.50 electives or restricted electives
Semester 8
BIOC*4540 [0.75] Enzymology
electives or restricted electives to a maximum of 2.75 total credits
Restricted Electives
  1. Students must take as part of their program: 4.00 credits from the following list, with at least 1.00 of these credits from BIOC*4520, BIOC*4580, MCB*4050.

    BIOC*4520 [0.50] Metabolic Processes
    BIOC*4580 [0.50] Membrane Biochemistry
    BIOL*3300 [0.50] Applied Bioinformatics
    BIOM*3200 [1.00] Biomedical Physiology
    MBG*3040 [0.50] Molecular Biology of the Gene
    MBG*3080 [0.50] Bacterial Genetics
    MCB*3010 [0.50] Dynamics of Cell Function and Signaling
    MCB*4010 [0.50] Advanced Cell Biology
    MCB*4050 [0.50] Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure
    MCB*4500 [1.00] Research Project in Molecular & Cellular Biology I
    MCB*4510 [1.00] Research Project in Molecular & Cellular Biology
    MCB*4600 [0.50] Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology
    MICR*3230 [0.50] Immunology
    MICR*3330 [0.50] World of Viruses
    MICR*4330 [0.50] Molecular Virology
    MICR*4530 [0.50] Immunology II
    PBIO*3110 [0.50] Crop Physiology
    PBIO*4750 [0.50] Genetic Engineering of Plants
    STAT*2050 [0.50] Statistics II
    TOX*4590 [0.50] Biochemical Toxicology
  2. Students must take as part of their program: 0.50 credits from the following list:

    PHYS*2030 [0.50] Biophysics of Excitable Cells
    PHYS*2240 [0.50] Thermal Physics
    PHYS*2330 [0.50] Electricity and Magnetism I
    PHYS*2600 [0.50] General Astronomy
    PHYS*3080 [0.50] Energy
Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

4.50 - First year science credits

7.75 - Required science courses semesters 3 - 8

4.50 - Restricted elective (# 1 and # 2 in restricted elective list)

1.00 - Liberal Education electives

2.25 - Free electives – any approved electives for B.Sc. students

Of the total credits required, students are required to complete 16.00 credits in science of which a minimum of 2.00 credits must be at the 4000 level and an additional 4.00 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Minor (Honours Program)

A minor in Biochemistry consists of at least 5.00 course credits. The following courses are required:

BIOC*3560 [0.50] Structure and Function in Biochemistry
BIOC*3570 [0.75] Analytical Biochemistry
BIOC*4540 [0.75] Enzymology
CHEM*2480 [0.50] Analytical Chemistry I
CHEM*2700 [0.50] Organic Chemistry I
One of:
MBG*2040 [0.50] Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
MICR*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Microbiology
In addition, at least 1.50 credits must be chosen from the following courses, with at least 1.00 credits from the first three courses listed:
BIOC*4520 [0.50] Metabolic Processes
BIOC*4580 [0.50] Membrane Biochemistry
MBG*3350 [0.75] Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology
MCB*4050 [0.50] Protein and Nucleic Acid Structure
MICR*3230 [0.50] Immunology
MICR*3330 [0.50] World of Viruses
TOX*4590 [0.50] Biochemical Toxicology
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