Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Science (2011/2012)
8 Program Regulations
8.1 Biochemistry

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department:

  1. Biochemistry and Cell Biology/Microbiology Joint Honours

  2. Biochemistry and Chemistry Joint Honours

  3. Biochemistry and Physics Joint Honours

  4. Biochemistry and Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience Joint Honours)

  5. Biochemistry (Nutrition) and Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) Joint Honours

  6. Major or Honours in Biochemistry

  7. Major or Honours in Nutrition

  8. Minor in Biochemistry

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 Faculty of Science Degree Regulations for the General and Honours degrees of Bachelor of Science.

Candidates for a minor in Biochemistry should refer to the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science, Clause 7.

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

Biochemistry course descriptions are found at the end of the Faculty of Science section under Course Descriptions, Biochemistry.

Note:

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

8.1.1 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 May 31 in any year. Failure to apply by the recommended date may result in your application not being processed before your registration time. In addition, students who do not declare by this date may not be considered for departmental scholarships or other awards.

8.1.2 Major in Biochemistry

Entry to the Biochemistry Majors program is based on academic standing.

  1. 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.

    1. English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)

    2. Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1010, 1011 or 1200, 1001)

    3. Mathematics 1000, 1001 (or Mathematics 1090, 1000)

    4. Physics 1050, 1051 (or Physics 1020, 1021), or Biology 1001, 1002

  2. Required courses to complete the major:

    1. Biochemistry 2100, 2101, 3105, 3106, 3107, 3108.

    2. At least 12 credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 2600, 3203, 4002, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4200, 4201, 4230-4239.

    3. Medicine 310A/B or 6 credit hours from Biochemistry 4240-4249, Biology 2060, 3050, 3401, 3402, 3530, 4200, 4245, 4404, Chemistry 4201.

    4. Biology 1001 and 1002; Mathematics 1001; and Physics 1020 or 1050, and 1051 for those students who did not complete them in first year. Students may also need to complete Physics 1021 in order to fulfil this requirement.

    5. 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.

    6. Chemistry 2300 or 2301, or Physics 2053; Chemistry 2400, 2401

    7. One of Chemistry 2100, 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.

    3. For the purposes of a Biochemistry degree, Medicine 310A/B count as Biochemistry courses.

  3. Students are encouraged to choose a minor.

8.1.2.1 Honours Degree in Biochemistry

Students normally should apply for an Honours program at the completion of their third year of studies. Honours students would normally follow the Biochemistry Majors program before applying to honours, and must meet its admissions requirements as follows:

  1. To be considered for admission to the majors program prior to admission to honours, 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.

    1. English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)

    2. Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1010, 1011, or 1200, 1001)

    3. Mathematics 1000, 1001 (or Mathematics 1090, 1000)

    4. Physics 1050, 1051 (or Physics 1020, 1021) or Biology 1001, 1002

  2. 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.

  3. Required courses:

    1. Biochemistry 2100, 2101, 3105, 3106, 3107, 3108, 4102, 499A, 499B, Medicine 310A/B.

    2. Biochemistry 4210 or 4211.

    3. Twelve credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 4002, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4200, 4201, 4230-4239.

    4. At least 6 credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 2600, 3203, 4105, 4220, 4240-4249, Biology 2060, 3050, 3530, 4200, 4245, 4404, Chemistry 4201.

    5. Biology 1001 and 1002; Mathematics 1001; and Physics 1020 or 1050, and 1051 for those students who did not complete them in first year. Students may also need to complete Physics 1021 in order to fulfil this requirement.

    6. 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 Notes below).

    7. Chemistry 2300 or 2301 or Physics 2053, Chemistry 2400, 2401, one of Chemistry 3410 or 3411.

    8. One of Chemistry 2100, Chemistry 3500, Environmental Sciences 3210, Environmental Sciences 3211.

    9. Statistics 2550 or equivalent.

      Notes:

      1. 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.

      2. For the purposes of a Honours Degree in Biochemistry, Medicine 310A/B count as Biochemistry courses.

  4. 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 clause 6. a. 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 the former Chemistry 2600, the former Chemistry 2601 may not be used to meet this requirement. Medicine 310A/B counts as Biochemistry for these 60 credit hours.

8.1.2.2 Minor in Biochemistry

Students who take a minor in Biochemistry will complete:

  1. Biochemistry 2101, 3106

  2. One of Biochemistry 2100, 2600, Biology 2250.

  3. Nine credit hours in Biochemistry at the third or fourth year level or Biology 3050.

  4. Either Chemistry 2400, 2401 or Chemistry 2440 and 3 additional credit hours from the Biochemistry courses listed in 3. above.

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

Note:

For the purposes of a Biochemistry minor, Medicine 310A/B count as Biochemistry courses.

8.1.3 Nutrition Program
8.1.3.1 Major in Nutrition

Entry to the Nutrition majors program is based on academic standing.

  1. 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%.

    1. English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)

    2. Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1010, 1011 or 1200, 1001)

    3. Mathematics 1090, 1000 (or Mathematics 1000 and one elective)

    4. Biology 1001, 1002 or Physics 1020, 1021 (or equivalent)

  2. Required courses to complete the major:

    1. Biochemistry 2000 or 2005, 2100, 2101, 2600, 3106, 3203, 3402, 4300, 4301, Medicine 310A/B

    2. Six credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 3107, 3108, 3202, 3600, 4002, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4200, 4201, 4230-4249, Biology 3050.

    3. Biology 1001 and 1002; and Physics 1020 and 1021 (or equivalent), for those students who did not complete them in first year

    4. Chemistry 2440 (or Chemistry 2400, 2401)

    5. Statistics 2550 or equivalent

  3. 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.

  3. For the purposes of a Biochemistry (Nutrition) degree, Medicine 310A/B count as Biochemistry courses.

8.1.3.2 Honours Degree in Nutrition

Students normally should apply for an Honours program at the completion of their third year of studies. Honours students would normally follow the Biochemistry (Nutrition) Majors program before applying to honours, and must meet its admissions requirements as follows:

  1. To be considered for admission to the majors program prior to admission to honours, 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%:

    1. English 1080, 1110 (or equivalent)

    2. Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1010, 1011, or 1200, 1001)

    3. Mathematics 1090, 1000 (or Mathematics 1000 and one elective)

    4. Biology 1001, 1002 or Physics 1020, 1021 (or equivalent)

  2. To be eligible for admission to the honours program, 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.

  3. Required courses:

    1. Biochemistry 2000 or 2005, 2100, 2101, 2600, 3106, 3107, 3203, 3402, 3600, 4002, 4300, 4301, 4502, 499A, 499B, Medicine 310A/B.

    2. Twelve additional credit hours chosen from Biochemistry 3105, 3108, 3202, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4105, 4200, 4201, 4210, 4211, 4220, 4230-4249, 4400, Biology 3050.

    3. Biology 1001 and 1002; and Physics 1020 and 1021 (or equivalent), for those students who did not complete them in first year.

    4. Chemistry 2440 (or Chemistry 2400, 2401).

    5. Statistics 2550 or equivalent.

  4. Students are encouraged to choose a minor.

  5. Those courses in which the grades specified in clause 6.a. of the Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science are 60 credit hours chosen from Biochemistry courses and Biology 3050.

    Notes:

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

    2. For the purposes of a Biochemistry (Nutrition) Honours degree, Medicine 310A/B count as Biochemistry courses.