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M.A.Adams, J.Allingham, R.D.Andrew, A.Baer, B.Banfield, S.Basta, B.M.Bennett, G.Blohm, J.F.Brien, E.B.Carstens,
G.P.Côté, A.Craig, B.A.Croy, P.L.Davies, R.Easteal, A.V.Ferguson, J.T.Fisher, C.D.Funk, K.Gee, C.Graham, B.C.Hill, K.F.Jarrell, Z.Jia, G.Jones, F.Kan, M.D.Kawaja, A.E.Lomax, L.Mackenzie, R.J.MacLeod, N.S.Magoski, A.S.Mak, N.L.Martin, T.E.Massey, D.H.Maurice, C.R.Mueller, D.P.Munoz, K.Nakatsu, R.Oko, T.R.S.Ozolins, S.Pang, M.Paré, M.P.Petkovitch, R.K.Poole, L.Raptis, C.Reifel, J.N.Reynolds, P.K.Rose, S.H.Scott, V.Singh, S.P.Smith, M.R.Szewczuk, C.Tayade, L.Tomalty, C.A.Ward, L.M.Winn, S.Zhang

Program Notes
Subject Code for Biochemistry     BCHM
Head of Department (Biomedical and Molecular Sciences)    M.A.Adams
Associate Dean, Life Sciences and Biochemistry    M.D.Kawaja
Program Chair    S.P.Smith    
Office    Botterell Hall, Room 813
Telephone   613-533-2900       
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The Biochemistry program provides the student with an in-depth training in modern experimental Biochemistry. The first two years of the program provide background preparation in Chemistry (organic, analytical and physical), Biology (genetics), general Physics and Mathematics.   In the upper years of the program students receive in-depth exposure to all areas of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, including extensive hands-on laboratory experiences. The Biochemistry program has enough flexibility for students to take elective courses offered in other Programs within the Faculty of Arts and Science, including the Life Sciences Program, for which they are eligible.

The Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences is responsible for Biochemistry Plans (General/Minor (Science), Major, Specialization) and plays a primary role in the Life Sciences Plans (General/Minor (Science), Major, Specialization).    The Department is a unique amalgam of scientists and teachers who share a common goal: to ameliorate the consequences of disease and trauma by training the next generation of health care scientists and professionals.  To meet this goal, the Department draws on the depth and breadth of the scientific expertise of its members.  Contemporary courses are offered in the anatomical, biochemical, microbiological, immunological, pharmacological, and physiological sciences and in a wide range of cross-disciplinary studies (e.g. cardiovascular and respiratory sciences, drug development, cancer biology and genetics, neuroscience).  These courses are integral to the various Biochemistry and Life Sciences Plans.

Program Policies
Students enrolled in the Biochemistry Specialization Plan (BCHM-P-BSH) or the Biochemistry Major Plan (BCHM-M-BSH) will be given priority enrolment to those courses that are required to meet fourth-year core requirements. Students in the Biochemistry Specialization Plan (BCHM-P-BSH) should further note that a minimum GPA in the core BCHM courses (BCHM 218/MBIO 218, BCHM 313, BCHM 315, BCHM 316, and BCHM 317) of 2.9 is a required prerequisite to access those fourth-year courses required to complete this Plan.  Students in the Biochemistry Major Plan (BCHM-M-BSH) require a minimum GPA in the core BCHM courses (see above) of 2.7 to access those fourth-year courses required to complete these Plans.  See Academic Regulations 2.3 and 2.5.2.

Because of demand from students in the Biochemistry Specialization Plan for a limited number of thesis research projects, a minimum GPA in the core BCHM courses of 2.9 may not be sufficient to merit entry into BCHM 421 and BCHM 422, and hence to complete the Biochemistry Specialization Plan.  Priority for admission to BCHM 421 and 422 is determined by GPA in the core BCHM courses listed above. Students who are unable to secure a thesis research project will be able to complete the Biochemistry Major Plan.

Laboratory Safety and Associated Fees
Departmental Safety Rules are strictly enforced. A standard white laboratory coat is required for all laboratory courses.  Shoes must be closed at both heel and toe.  Additional safety requirements will be described at the first laboratory in each laboratory-based course.

Some courses require students to purchase a laboratory manual produced by the Department for that particular course, with the cost varying depending on specific laboratory course.  A small fee for materials is charged for most laboratories. Please see individual courses for the exact costs.

Advice to Students
Students should seek academic counseling from one of the counselors listed below or staff in the Associate Dean’s office.

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Biochemistry Plans
The flagship program is the Biochemistry Specialization Plan, which is recommended for students who wish to gain in-depth training in modern experimental Biochemistry.   This program culminates in an intensive fourth-year thesis research project.  It equips students with a solid foundation for entry into a variety of science-based graduate programs.

A Cooperative program in Biochemistry is available that is integrated into the Specialization program.  It provides two relevant work experiences in industry, business, research institutes or government but requires that the student complete their degree requirements in four and a half years, not four.

The Biochemistry Major Plan (BSCH-M-BSH) is designed for those students who want comprehensive training in Biochemistry but may wish to pursue a wider range of interests.  This option allows students to take a minor in another subject. To accommodate these interests there are opportunities for more elective credits in the final year of the program.  Typically, students interested in pursuing alternate plans than graduate studies in experimental Biochemistry should enroll in this Plan.