FACULTY OF SCIENCE

BIOCHEMISTRY PROGRAMS AND REGULATIONS

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department:

- Major or Honours in Biochemistry
- Major or Honours in Nutrition
- Major or Honours in Dietetics - This program is being discontinued. For further information see IMPORTANT NOTE under Professional Program in Dietetics.
- Joint Honours in Biochemistry and Cell Biology
- Joint Honours in Biochemistry and Chemistry
- Joint Honours in Biochemistry and Physics
- Joint Honours in Biochemistry (Nutrition)/Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience)
- Joint Honours in Biochemistry/Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience)
- Minor in Biochemistry
- Minor in Nutrition

Students who wish to enrol in any of these programs should plan their program well in advance so that they will have taken the appropriate prerequisites. Entry to a number of required courses is limited and will be determined by academic performance. Required courses should be taken in the year indicated by the course numbers so as to avoid timetable clashes and missing prerequisites which could prolong the time necessary to complete the program. Students are advised to consult with the Department at the earliest opportunity.

Candidates for the general and honours degrees in the programs above should refer to the University Regulations for the General and Honours degrees of Bachelor of Science.

Students who intend to pursue graduate studies should take the courses leading to the honours degree.

NOTE: Supplementary examinations will be allowed in certain Biochemistry courses which have written final examinations. Students should refer to the Faculty of Science Degree Regulationsfor details.


ADMISSION TO PROGRAMS

Students who wish to declare a Major in Biochemistry or Biochemistry (Nutrition) or who wish to apply for Honours standing in any of our programs are strongly recommended to do so by June 30 in any year. Students who do not declare by this date may not be considered for departmental scholarship or other awards.
NOTE:  For further information see requlations governing admission to Biochemistry (Dietetics).


BIOCHEMISTRY PROGRAM

Major in Biochemistry

Entry to the Biochemistry Majors program is based on academic standing. To be considered for admission to the program students must have at least 30 credit hours in courses and have successfully completed the following courses (or their equivalents) with a minimum overall average of 60%. In addition, students must be eligible for entry to Chemistry 2400.

a) English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)
b) Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1010, 1011)
c) Mathematics 1000, 1001 (or Math 1090, 1000)
d) Biology 1001, 1002 or two first-year University level courses in Physics.

Required courses to complete the major:

a) Biochemistry 2100, 2101, 3105, 3106, 3107.
b) At least 15 credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 3200, 3201, 4002, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4200, 4201, 4210, 4211. A student may not take both 4210 and 4211.
c) Biochemistry 311A, 311B or 6 credit hours from Biology 2060, 2250, 3050, 3401, 3402, 3530, 4200, 4245, 4404, Chemistry 4201, 4411.
d) Biology 1001 and 1002; Mathematics 1001; and Physics 1020, 1021, 1054 or Physics 1050, 1054 for those students who did not complete them in first year.
e) Chemistry 1031 which is strongly advised to be taken prior to second year for those students who complete Chemistry 1010 and 1011 in first year. See Note 2 below.
 f) Chemistry 2300, 2400, 2401
g) one of Chemistry 3100, Environmental Sciences 3210, Environmental Sciences 3211.

NOTES: 1) Students are required to complete at least 78 credit hours in Science courses for the General Degree.
2) Majors who take Chemistry 1010/1011 but not Chemistry 1031 as part of their first year sequence risk waiting a whole year before they can continue taking Biochemistry program courses.

Students are encouraged to choose a minor.

Honours Degree in Biochemistry

Students normally should apply for an Honours program at the completion of their third year of studies. To be eligible for admission, students must be in Honours standing. To be considered for early admission to an Honours program in Biochemistry at the end of second year, students must have achieved at least 70% in each of Biochemistry 2100 and 2101 and Chemistry 2400, 2401.

Required courses:

a) Biochemistry 2100, 2101, 3105, 3106, 3107, 311A, 311B, 4102, 499A, 499B.
b) Biochemistry 4210 or 4211.
c) Twelve credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 4002, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4200, 4201.
d) At least 6 credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 3200, 3201, 4105, 4220, Biology 2060, 2250, 3050, 3530, 4200,
4245, 4404, Chemistry 4201, 4411.
e) Biology 1001 and 1002; Mathematics 1001; and Physics 1020, 1021, 1054 or Physics 1050, 1054 for those students who did not complete them in first year.
f) Chemistry 1031 which is strongly advised to be taken prior to second year for those students who complete Chemistry 1010 and 1011 in first year. See Note below.
g) Chemistry 2300, 2400, 2401, 3411.
h) One of Chemistry 3100, Chemistry 3500, Environmental Sciences 3210, Environmental Sciences 3211.
i)  Statistics 2550 or equivalent.

NOTE: Majors who take Chemistry 1010/1011 but not Chemistry 1031 as part of their first year sequence risk waiting a whole year before they can continue taking Biochemistry program courses.

Students are encouraged to choose a minor.

Those courses in which a grade "B" or an average of 75% or higher are required, as specified in paragraph 6(i) of the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, are 45 credit hours in Biochemistry courses and 15 credit hours in other courses (beyond the 1000-level) chosen from Biochemistry, Biology, or Chemistry. Biochemistry 2010, 2011, Biology 2040, 2041 and Chemistry 2600, 2601 may not be used to meet this requirement..

Minor in Biochemistry

Students who take a minor in Biochemistry will complete:

a) Biochemistry 2101, 3106
b) EITHER Biochemistry 2100 OR Biology 2250
c) nine credit hours from Biochemistry 3105, 3107, 4002, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4200, 4201; OR six credit hours from these Biochemistry courses and three credit hours from Chemistry 4201, 4411, Biology 2060, 3050.
d) EITHER Chemistry 2400, 2401 OR Chemistry 2440 and three additional credit hours from the Biochemistry courses listed in (c) above.

Course prerequisites stipulated in the course descriptions shall apply to a minor in Biochemistry.


NUTRITION PROGRAM

Major in Nutrition

Entry to the Nutrition majors program is based on academic standing. To be considered for admission to the program students must have at least 30 credit hours in courses and have successfully completed the following courses (or their equivalents) with a minimum overall average of 60%.

a) English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)
b) Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1010, 1011)
c) Mathematics 1090, 1000 (or Mathematics 1000 and one elective)
d) Biology 1001, 1002 or two first-year University level courses in Physics.

Required courses to complete the major:

a) Biochemistry 2000, 2100, 2101, 3054, 3106, 311A, 311B, 3200, 3201, 3202, 3402, 4300, 4301.
b) One of Biochemistry 3107, 4002, 4201
c) Biology 1001 and 1002; and Physics 1020, 1021, or Physics 1050, 1054 for those students who did not complete them in first year.
d) Chemistry 2400, 2401, or Chemistry 2440.
e) Statistics 2550 or equivalent.

Students are encouraged to choose a minor. 

NOTES: 1) Students are required to complete at least 78 credit hours in Science courses for the General Degree.
2) Students who choose to complete Chemistry 2400/2401 are advised to take the appropriate prerequisites for those courses.

Honours Degree in Nutrition

Students normally should apply for an Honours program at the completion of their third year of studies. To be eligible for admission, students must be in Honours standing. To be considered for early admission to an Honours program in Nutrition at the end of second year, students must have achieved at least 70% in each of their required 2000-level Biochemistry and Chemistry courses.

In addition to the courses required for the general degree, the program shall include:

a) Biochemistry 3107, 4002, 4502.
b) Six additional credit hours chosen from Biochemistry 3105, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4105, 4200, 4201, 4210, 4211, 4220, 4400.
c) Either Biochemistry 499A/B, or 4999 plus an additional 3 credit hours 4000-level Biochemistry course.

Those courses in which the grades specified in clause 6(i) of the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science are 60 credit hours in Biochemistry courses.

Minor in Nutrition

Students who take a minor in Nutrition will complete:

a) Biochemistry 2101, 3106, 311A, 311B, 3200, 3201.
b) Six credit hours chosen from Biochemistry 3202, 4300, 4301.

Course prerequisites stipulated in the course descriptions shall apply to a minor in Nutrition. In particular, students should note that one of Chemistry 2440 or Chemistry 2401 are required as corequisites or prerequisites to several courses.


PROFESSIONAL PROGRAM IN DIETETICS

For professional qualification as a dietitian, students are required to complete the degree in Dietetics, followed by an approved Dietetic Internship.

IMPORTANT NOTE: No more students will be admitted to this program after September 2003. Students admitted before September 2003 will be able to complete their programs according to the regulations in effect in the 2002-2003 Calendar. It is planned that the undergraduate program in Dietetics will be replaced by a new program based at the graduate level, details of which should become available during the 2003-2004 academic year. Undergraduate students interested in pursuing careers in Dietetics should contact the Department of Biochemistry at their earliest convenience for information and advice.

Admission to Dietetics

Registration and Promotion

Major in Dietetics

Honours Degree in Dietetics

Admission to Dietetics

All applications for entry to the program for the Bachelor of Science in Dietetics must be submitted to the Head of the Department of Biochemistry by April 30 in any year.

Entrance to the program in Dietetics is on the basis of competition for a fixed number of places. The Admission Committee takes into account the applicant's academic background and information on an applicant's personal qualities and achievements as given by the applicant and by referees' reports.

To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must have completed a minimum of 30 credit hours in courses which have been taken or accepted for credit at a recognized university or university college before entry to the Dietetics program.

Students applying to enter are required to have successfully completed the following courses or their equivalents:

- Chemistry 1010, 1011 (or Chemistry 1050, 1051)
- English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)
- Mathematics 1090, 1000 (or Mathematics 1000 and one elective)
- Physics 1020 and 1021 (or Physics 1050 and 1054)
- either Biology 1001 and 1002 or Psychology 1000 and 1001

No application will be considered from an applicant who cannot produce evidence that the above requirements have been met or will have been met by the time of entry into the Dietetics program.

After admission, the program will consist of two years of study at this University and a final year at Acadia University. The number of seats available at Acadia University is limited. When a student is accepted into the Dietetics program at Memorial University of Newfoundland, the year that student is expected to attend Acadia University will be set. No guarantee of space will be available in other years.

Registration and Promotion

The following regulations apply to the program courses taken at Memorial University.

Biochemistry and Chemistry courses shall be taken in the program year indicated by the course number. Biology 1001 and 1002 must be completed by the end of the second year of the program. The remaining courses are to be scheduled so that the course load is five in each semester. Exceptions to this prescribed program, including specified course load, must have the approval of the Committee on Undergraduate Studies of the department. Students who have completed program courses in advance of admission to the program may arrange with the Committee a reduction in the required course load.

For promotion from each term the requirements are: the achievement of a passing grade in all courses; an overall average of at least 60% in those courses required in each academic term; and completion of the appropriate course load as outlined above.

Students who fail to achieve the standards outlined in the paragraph above will be required to withdraw from the program. They may be considered for readmission at which time they will normally be required to repeat the courses in which they failed, and/or to repeat courses which will raise the average to 60%, unless, in the opinion of the Head, a more meaningful course of study would be appropriate.

In order to be considered for readmission, students must formally apply for readmission to the program not later than the deadline date specified in the first paragraph of the Admission section of this program.

Major in Dietetics

Required courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland:

a) Biochemistry 2000, 2010, 2011, 2100, 2101, 3054, 3106, 311A, 311B, 3200, 3201, 3202.
b) Biology 1001, 1002 (if not taken in first year).
c) Business 1000 and 2000.
d) Chemistry 2440 (or Chemistry 2400, 2401)
e) Statistics 2550 or equivalent.
f) Six credit hours in social science courses if Psychology 1000 and 1001 were not taken in first year.
g) Three credit hours in Computer Science (Computer Science 2650 is recommended).

NOTE: Students who choose to complete Chemistry 2400/2401 are advised to take the appropriate prerequisites for those courses.

The above courses must be completed before the year at Acadia University for both the General and the Honours Programs.

Required courses at Acadia University:

The equivalent of at least 18 senior level credit hours in nutrition and/or foods must be successfully completed at Acadia University. Courses to make up these credit hours are to be selected in consultation with faculty advisors at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Acadia University.

NOTE: 120 credit hours in courses must be obtained for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science (refer to Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science, paragraph 1).

Honours Degree in Dietetics

Students normally should apply for an Honours program at the completion of their third year of studies. To be eligible for admission, students must be in Honours standing.

In addition to the courses required for the general degree, the program shall include: Either Biochemistry 499A/B or Biochemistry 4999 plus 3 additional credit hours in Nutrition at Memorial University of Newfoundland or Acadia University at the 4000-level.

The 60 credit hours in courses from clause 6(i) of the Regulations for the Honours degree of Bachelor of Science are the required Biochemistry in the program outlined above and the Nutrition and Foods courses at Acadia University.


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