Office of the Registrar
Faculty of Science (2018/2019)
11 Program Regulations
11.1 Biochemistry

www.mun.ca/biochem

The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department:

  1. Biochemistry and Cell Biology 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 Degree Regulations, Minor Programs in the Faculty of Science.

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.

Students are encouraged to choose a minor.

For the purposes of a Major, Honours, or Minor degree in Biochemistry, Medicine 310A/B and Chemistry 2400, 2401 count as Biochemistry courses. For the purposes of a Major or Honours degree in Biochemistry(Nutrition), Medicine 310A/B count as Biochemistry courses.

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

11.1.1 Admission to Programs in Biochemistry

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 might not be considered for departmental scholarships or other awards.

11.1.1.1 Admission to the 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. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses.

    2. Chemistry 1050 and 1051 (or 1200 and 1001)

    3. Mathematics 1000, 1001 (or Mathematics 1090, 1000, or Mathematics 109A/B, 1000)

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

Notes:

  1. Students are required to complete at least 78 credit hours in Science courses for the General Degree.

  2. Students taking Mathematics 1000 should take Physics 1050 as their first Physics course.

  3. It is recommended that students who wish to pursue future studies in biophysics or related fields or who are considering postgraduate health professional programs take Physics 1050 as their first Physics course.

Students are encouraged to choose a minor.

11.1.1.2 Admission to the 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 as per Academic Standing in the Degree Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science. 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 Biochemistry 2201 or the former 2101 and Chemistry 2400, 2401.

11.1.1.3 Admission to the 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. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses.

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

    3. Mathematics 1090, 1000 (or Mathematics 109A/B, 1000, or Mathematics 1000 and one elective)

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

11.1.1.4 Admission to the Honours Degree in Biochemistry (Nutrition)

Students normally should apply for an Honours program at the completion of their third year of studies.

To be eligible for admission to the Honours program, students must be in Honours standing as per Academic Standing in the Degree Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science. 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.

11.1.2 Regulations for Programs in Biochemistry
11.1.2.1 Major in Biochemistry

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

  1. Required courses to complete the major:

    1. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses.

    2. Biology 1001 and 1002; Mathematics 1000, 1001; Physics 1050 (or 1020), 1051 (or 1021); Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1200 and 1001.

    3. Biochemistry 2200 (or 2100), 2201, 2901, 3105, 3108, 3206, 3207, and 3906 or 3907.

    4. At least 9 credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 4002, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4105, 4200, 4201, 4230, 4231-4239.

    5. Six additional credit hours chosen from: Medicine 310A/B, Biochemistry 2600, Biology 2060, 3050, Chemistry 4201, 4701 or Biochemistry courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.

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

    7. One of Chemistry 2100, Environmental Sciences 3210.

    8. A sufficient number of elective courses to bring the total Science courses up to at least 78 credit hours and the degree total up to 120 credit hours.

11.1.2.2 Honours Degree in Biochemistry
  1. Required courses:

    1. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses.

    2. Biology 1001 and 1002; Mathematics 1001; Physics 1050 (or 1020), 1051 (or 1021); Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1200 and 1001).

    3. Biochemistry 2200 (or 2100), 2201, 2901, 3105, 3108, 3206, 3207, 3906, 3907, 4102, 499A, 499B, Medicine 310A/B and either Biochemistry 4210 or 4211.

    4. Nine credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 4002, 4101, 4103, 4104, 4105, 4200, 4201, 4230, 4231-4239.

    5. At least 6 credit hours chosen from Biochemistry 2600, Biology 3050, Chemistry 4201, 4701 or Biochemistry courses at the 3000 or 4000 level.

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

    7. One of Chemistry 2100, Environmental Sciences 3210.

    8. Statistics 2550 or equivalent.

    9. A sufficient number of elective courses to bring the total for the degree up to 120 credit hours.

  2. Those courses in which a grade "B" or an average of 75% or higher are required, as specified under clause 1. of Academic Standing in the Degree Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, are 48 credit hours from those listed in clauses 1.c., and d. above.

11.1.2.3 Minor in Biochemistry

Students who take a minor in Biochemistry will complete:

  1. Biochemistry 2201, 2901, 3206.

  2. One of Biochemistry 2200, 2600, Biology 2250.

  3. Six credit hours in Biochemistry at the 3000 or 4000 level.

  4. Chemistry 2400 and either Chemistry 2401 or one additional Biochemistry course at the 3000 or 4000 level.

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

11.1.2.4 Major in Nutrition

Required courses to complete the major:

  1. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses.

  2. Biology 1001 and 1002; Mathematics 1000, Physics 1020 and 1021 (or Physics 1050 and 1051; Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1200 and 1001).

  3. Biochemistry 2005, 2200 (or 2100), 2201, 2600, 2901, 3203, 3206, 3906, 4300, 4301, Medicine 310A/B.

  4. Six credit hours in courses from Biochemistry 3052, 3108, 3402, 3600, 3907, 4002, 4105, 4200, 4230, 4240, 4241-4249, Biology 3050.

  5. Chemistry 2400.

  6. Statistics 2550 or equivalent.

  7. A sufficient number of elective courses to bring the total Science courses up to at least 78 credit hours and the total for the degree up 120 credit hours.

11.1.2.5 Honours Degree in Nutrition
  1. Required courses:

    1. Six credit hours in Critical Reading and Writing (CRW) courses, including at least 3 credit hours in English courses.

    2. Biology 1001 and 1002; Mathematics 1000, Physics 1020 (or 1050) and 1021 (or 1051); Chemistry 1050, 1051 (or Chemistry 1200 and 1001).

    3. Biochemistry 2005, 2200 (or 2100), 2201, 2600, 2901, 3203, 3206, 3207, 3906, 4300, 4301, 4502, 499A, 499B, Medicine 310A/B.

    4. Nine additional credit hours chosen from Biochemistry 3052, 3108, 3402, 3600, 3906, 4002, 4105, 4200, 4201, 4230, 4240, 4241-4249, Biology 3050.

    5. Chemistry 2400

    6. Statistics 2550

    7. A sufficient number of elective courses to bring the total Science courses up to at least 78 credit hours and the total for the degree up 120 credit hours.

  2. Those courses in which a grade "B" or an average of 75% or higher are required, as specified under clause 1. of Academic Standing in the Degree Regulations for the Honours Degree of Bachelor of Science, are 51 credit hours from those listed in clauses 1.c., and d. above.