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BIOL 334  Comparative Biochemistry  Units: 3.00  
A survey of selected topics including: general principles of enzymology; bioenergetics; metabolism and its control; the importance of proteomic and enzyme research in functional genomics and biotechnology; mechanisms whereby animals and plants acclimate at the biochemical level to environmental stress.
Learning Hours: 110.4 (36 Lecture, 24 Online Activity, 50.4P)  
Requirements: Prerequisite (BIOL 103/3.0 and CHEM 112/6.0 and [BIOL 205/ or BCHM 218/3.0]).  
Offering Faculty: Faculty of Arts and Science  

Course Learning Outcomes:

  1. Describe how evolution of key adaptations at the metabolic/biochemical level allows diverse organisms from the various kingdoms of life to inhabit a wide range of frequently "harsh" environments.
  2. Identify fundamental similarities and distinctions between animal, plant, and microbial bioenergetics, and the organization and control of their major pathways of central metabolism.
  3. Outline the pivotal importance of intracellular "second messengers" and protein kinase-mediated phosphorylation in extracellular signal transduction.
  4. Provide a basic understanding of the overall design of cellular metabolism, bioenergetics, and metabolic control.
  5. Survey the crucial role that metabolic and enzyme biochemistry is playing in biotechnology, particularly for the targeted modification of metabolic pathways in transgenic organisms via "rational metabolic engineering".
  6. Understand how metabolic biochemistry and proteomics research is helping to "close the gap" in understanding the function of sequenced genes.

Environmental Biology – Specialization (Science) – Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Subject:  Administered by the School of Environmental Studies in partnership with the Department of Biology. Plan:  Consists of 102.00 units as described below. Program:  The Plan, with sufficient electives to total 120.00 units, will lead to a Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree.