BSc (120 credit hour) Major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

The 120 credit hour Major is suited to students who want to focus on Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, but wish to have a program that is somewhat less constrained than the Honours program. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Majors complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in program courses above the 1000 level. Research and other experiential learning opportunities are available through laboratories, and through direct research and experiential classes. Although Dalhousie University does not require formal application for its 120 credit hour Major programs, this Department requires that all those registering with a view to completing such a degree must first consult with an undergraduate advisor from the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

A Co-op option is available for students enrolled in a 120 credit hour BSc Major program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. See Co-operative Education Program.

Departmental Requirements

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

1000 level
  • BIOL 1010.03: Principles of Biology Part I/BIOL 1011.03: Principles of Biology Part II or BIOL 1020.03: Introductory Biology I: Cells, Genetics and Evolution/BIOL 1021.03: Introductory Biology II: Organismal Biology and Ecology (minimum grade of "B-")
  • CHEM 1011.03: Concepts in Chemistry: Structure and Reactivity/CHEM 1012.03: Concepts in Chemistry: Energy and Equilibrium (minimum grade "B-")
  • MATH 1000.03: Differential and Integral Calculus I or MATH 1215.03: Life Sciences Calculus
  • MATH 1010.03: Differential and Integral Calculus II or MATH 1030: Matrix Theory/Linear Algebra I or STAT 1060.03: Introductory Statistics for Science and Health Sciences

Or Integrated Science Program

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
  • CHEM 2201.03: Introductory Analytical Chemistry
3000 level
  • BIOC 3300.03: Intermediary Metabolism
  • BIOC 3400.03: Nucleic Acid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • BIOC 3700.03: Biomolecular Chemistry
  • Nine additional credit hours in BIOC at or above the 3000 level
4000 level
  • Six credit hours in BIOC at the 4000 level