Honours Specialization in Biochemistry & Cell Biology

Admission Requirements

Completion of first-year requirements with no failures. Students must have an average of at least 70% in the following 3.0 principal courses, with no mark in these principal courses below 65%.

1.0 course from: Biology 1222 and 1223
1.0 course from: Chemistry 1050 or the former Chemistry 020 or 023
1.0 course from: Calculus 1000A/B, 1100A/B, 1201A/B, 1301A/B, 1501A/B, Linear Algebra 1600A/B, Mathematics 1225A/B, 1228A/B, 1229A/B
Statistical Sciences 1024A/B, Applied Mathematics 1413 or the former Mathematics 030
1.0 course from: Physics 1020, 1024, 1028A/B and 1029A/B or the former Physics 022 or 025, must be completed by the end of second year, with a minimum of 60%


10.5 courses:

(Research Projects = 1.5 courses)
0.5 course:    Biochemistry 2280A (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology)
1.0 course from:    Chemistry 2213A/B (Organic Chemistry), and
      Chemistry 2223B (Organic Chemistry of Biological Molecules)
   OR Chemistry 2273A (Organic Chemistry I), and
      Chemistry 2283G (Organic Chemistry II)
0.5 course from:    Biology 2244A (Analysis and Interpretation of Biological Data)
   OR Statistical Science 2122A/B (Methods of Statistical Analysis)
1.5 courses from:    Biology 2290F/G (Scientific Methods in Biology)
      Biology 2382B (Cell Biology)
      Biology 2581B (Genetics)
1.5 courses from:    Biochemistry 3380G (Biochemistry Laboratory)
      Biochemistry 3381A (Biological Macromolecules)
      Biochemistry 3382B (Biochemical Regulation)
0.5 course:    Biology 3316A (Advanced Cell Biology)
0.5 course:    Biology 3326F/G (Cell Biology Laboratory)
1.0 course:    Anatomy & Cell Biology 3309 (Mammalian Histology)
1.5 courses:    Biochemistry 4410A (Molecular Biology of DNA and RNA)
      Biochemistry 4420B (Molecular Biology of Proteins)
      Biochemistry 4430B (Molecular Biology of Signal Transduction)
0.5 course:    Anatomy & Cell Biology 4429A (Advanced Medical Cell Biology)
1.5 courses from:    Anatomy & Cell Biology 4480E (Research Project)
      Biochemistry 4480E (Research Project)


  • Enrolment in this module is limited. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee that students wishing to transfer into this module will be offered enrolment

  • Enrolment in several 3000 and 4000 level courses require minimum averages in pre-requisite courses
  • Enrolment in Biochemistry 3381A requires a minimum mark of 65% in Biochemistry 2280A and a minimum average of 65% in Chemistry 2213A/B and 2223B or a minimum mark of 60% in each of Chemistry 2273A and 2283G or the former Chemistry 253
  • Students having a minimum mark of 70% in Biochemistry 2280A will be given priority in registration for Biochemistry 3380G
  • Enrolment in Biochemistry 4480E is limited, and requires a minimum mark of 70% in each of Biochemistry 3380G, 3381A and 3382B
  • Enrolment in Anatomy & Cell Biology 4429A requires a minimum mark of 70% in Biology 3316A
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