BSc (120 credit hour) Combined Honours in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and another subject

Students who wish to study Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in conjunction with another subject may wish to pursue a Combined Honours degree program. The other subject may be any discipline from the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Computer Science, or the College of Sustainability. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology may be the primary subject (defined as the subject with the larger number of honours credits), or the secondary subject.

Students planning to enroll in a Combined Honours program should consult with academic advisors from both programs early in their studies. The same standards and conditions for admission apply as for entry into a Concentrated Honours program (see above). In addition, students must have their program of study approved by Academic Advisors in both subject areas. Students must complete an Honours Qualifying Examination in one of the two subject areas, a requirement normally completed in the primary subject area. For Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, this requirement is satisfied through BIOC 4604.03/BIOC 4605.03: Research Project.

A Co-op option is available for students enrolled in BSc Combined Honours with Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as the primary subject. See Co-operative Education Program below.

Departmental Requirements

In addition to fulfilling the requirements outlined in the Academic Regulations and College of Arts and Science Degree Requirements, students in a Combined Honours program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and another subject must complete the following:

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as the primary or secondary subject

1000 level
  • 1000 level as for Concentrated Honours, except MATH 1000: Differential and Integral Calculus I and MATH 1010: Differential and Integral Calculus II required if Chemistry is the other subject
2000 level
  • BIOC 2300.03: Introduction to Biochemistry and BIOC 2610.03: Introductory Biochemistry Lab
  • BIOL 2020.03: Cell Biology and BIOL 2030.03: Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • CHEM 2401.03: Introductory Organic Chemistry: Structure, Concepts of Mechanisms and Spectroscopy and CHEM 2402.03: Introductory Organic Chemistry: Reactivity of Functional Groups
3000 level
  • BIOC 3300.03: Intermediary Metabolism
  • BIOC 3400.03: Nucleic Acid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BIOC 3700.03: Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Three additional credit hours of BIOC at or above the 3000 level if Biochemistry & Molecular Biology is the second subject
4000 level
  • Six credit hours from BIOC 40XX, 43XX, 44XX, 45XX, 47XX
  • BIOC 4604.03: Research Project I and BIOC 4605.03: Research Project II (if Honours thesis and qualifying exam are in Biochemistry)

Consult an Undergraduate advisor for recommended courses of study.