Biochemistry Program Requirements

The following is taken from the University Calendar description of the program.

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The Department of Biology and the Department of Chemistry jointly offer Honours BSc programs in Biochemistry with core requirements as follows:

  • 12 credits of eligible non-science General Education courses
  • SC/MATH 1013 3.0 and 1014.0 3.0 (see Note 1)
  • LE/EECS (formerly SC/CSE) 1520 3.0, or LE/EECS 1530 3.0, or LE/EECS 1540 3.0
  • SC/PHYS 1020 6.0, or SC/PHYS 1410 6.0, or SC/PHYS 1420 6.0
  • SC/BIOL 1000 3.0 and SC/BIOL 1001 3.0 (or SC/BIOL 1010 6.0), SC/CHEM 1000 3.0 and SC/CHEM 1001 3.0
  • SC/BCHM 2020 3.0 and SC/BCHM 2021 3.0 and SC/BIOL 2040 3.0 and SC/BIOL 2070 3.0 (or SC/BCHM 2020 4.0 and SC/BCHM 2021 4.0 and SC/BIOL 2040 4.0), SC/CHEM 2011 3.0, (SC/CHEM 2020 6.0 or) SC/CHEM 2020 3.0 and SC/CHEM 2021 3.0, and SC/CHEM 2030 3.0
  • SC/BCHM 3010 3.00, SC/BCHM 3110 3.00, SC/BCHM 3130 3.00, SC/BCHM 3051 3.00 and SC/CHEM 3020 3.00.

Notes:

  1. Students transferring from another program with credit in other MATH courses may be wholly or partially exempted. For instance, transferring students with credit in MATH 1505 6.0 may be exempted from MATH 1013 3.0 or from both MATH 1013 3.0 and MATH 1014 3.0, depending on the grade earned. Chemistry majors are not normally permitted to take MATH 1505 6.0, and should in general not take MATH courses that are course credit exclusions of MATH 1013 3.0 or MATH 1014 3.0 except by permission from the Undergraduate Program Director.

Specialized Honours Biochemistry Program

  • the program core, as specified above
  • SC/BCHM 3140 4.00
  • SC/BCHM 4000 8.00
  • SC/BCHM 4050 3.00
  • SC/BCHM 4290 4.00
  • 9 credits from any other 3000/4000 level SC/BCHM, SC/BIOL or SC/CHEM courses
  • additional elective credits, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits.

To declare Specialized Honours in Biochemistry requires successful completion of at least 24 credits, a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.5 (B) over all science (SC) courses completed, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 4.25 (C) over all courses completed.

To proceed in each year of the Specialized Honours in Biochemistry program requires a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.5 (B) over all science (SC) courses completed, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted overall grade point average as specified in the Academic Standards section of the Faculty of Science Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section.

To graduate in Specialized Honours in Biochemistry requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and all required program courses, a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.50 (B) over all science (SC) courses completed, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Honours Major Biochemistry Program (starting Fall 2017)

  • the program core, as specified above
  • 12 credits from any other 4000-level SC/BCHM, SC/BIOL or SC/CHEM courses
  • additional elective credits or credits satisfying a minor or second major at the 3000 or 4000 levels for a minimum total of 42 credits at the 3000 and 4000 levels
  • additional elective credits or credits required by a minor or second major at any level, as required for an overall total of at least 120 credits.

To declare Honours in Biochemistry requires successful completion of at least 24 credits, a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all science (SC) courses completed, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 4.25 (C) over all courses completed.

To proceed in each year of the Honours program in Biochemistry requires a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all science (SC) courses completed, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted overall grade point average as specified in the Academic Standards section of the Faculty of Science Regulations Governing Undergraduate Degree Requirements section.

To graduate in Honours in Biochemistry requires successful completion of all Faculty requirements and all required program courses, a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all science (SC) courses completed, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.

Honours Double Major Program (starting Fall 2017)

The Honours Major in Biochemistry may be combined with a major in a second science, other than Biology or Chemistry, by fulfilling the following requirements:

  • the requirements of the Honours Major in Biochemistry
  • the requirements for the second major, noting that some courses, in particular the General Education courses, specified for one Major will also satisfy some of the requirements of the second Major.

Some major subjects may specify more than the minimum 36 credits, such that the combined degree may require more than the minimum 120 credits required to graduate with an Honours degree.

To declare, proceed and graduate with an Honours Double Major BSc with a Major in Biochemistry, students must meet the standing requirements specified above for the Honours Major program. The second major may have more stringent requirements.

Honours Major Minor Program (starting Fall 2017)

The Honours Major in Biochemistry may be combined with a minor in a second subject, other than Biology or Chemistry, by fulfilling the following requirements:

  • the requirements of the Honours Major in Biochemistry
  • the requirements for the Minor, noting that some courses specified for one subject may also satisfy part of the requirements of the other subject.

Some minor subjects may specify more than the minimum 30 credits, such that the combined degree may require more than the minimum 120 credits required to graduate with an Honours degree.

To declare, proceed and graduate with an Honours Major Minor BSc with a Major in Biochemistry, students must meet the standing requirements specified above for the Honours Major program.