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4.8 Genetics Program
Campus Address/General Office: 212 Biological Sciences Building
Telephone: 204 474 9245
Email Address: 

George.Hausner@umanitoba.ca

Mark.Belmonte@umanitoba.ca

Website: 

umanitoba.ca/science/biological_sciences

4.8.1 Program Information

The Faculty of Science offers an interdisciplinary program leading to a B.Sc. (Honours) degree or B.Sc. Major in Genetics. Genetics is the science of heredity dealing with the mechanisms of inheritance and has generated concepts basic to modern biology. Three areas are represented in this program: classical genetics, population genetics, and molecular genetics. Courses from Arts, Agricultural and Food Sciences, and Medicine are included in this program.

Genetics Entry, Continuation, and Graduation requirements

Honours

To enter the Honours program in Genetics, a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum DGPA of 3.00, and also obtained a minimum grade of “B” in BIOL 1030, and a minimum grade of C+ in CHEM 1310STAT 1000, MATH 1500 and the additional 3 credit hours of specified Mathematics courses are program requirements and students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses in first year.

* Students interested in studying Genetics should note that Grade 12 mathematics and chemistry are prerequisite to CHEM 1300.  Effective 2009-2010, students will also require Biology 40S (or equivalent) and any Grade 12 mathematics course (or equivalent) for entry to BIOL 1020 (the required prerequisite for BIOL 1030).

To continue in the Genetics Honours program, students must maintain a minimum DGPA of 3.00, and complete a minimum of 9 credit hours during each Fall and Winter Term.

To graduate with the B. Sc. Honours de­gree, a student must maintain a minimum 3.00 DGPA and achieve a minimum grade of “C” on all courses that make up the 120 credit hours of the degree.

Honours Cooperative Option

Students interested in alternating academic terms and terms of paid em­ployment as part of their Honours Genetics program may enter the Coop­erative Option in April of their second year in Genetics Honours. This five year program provides students with minimum 12 months of paid employment by the time they graduate. It enables them to obtain work experience in re­search and industry with participating firms, government agencies and University units.

The course and grade requirements for entry and continuation in the Coop­erative Option are the same as that for regular Honours program (see above). Students are required to complete the first and second year require­ments of the program and MBIO 3410 before they begin their first employ­ment term. Each academic term in the third and subsequent years must comprise nine (9) credit hours. Students should refer to the general faculty regu­lations for B. Sc. (Honours) Cooperative Options in Section 3.6.

Students must apply for openings in the Cooperative Option and should check with the Co-op office for the April deadline information. They will be notified of their provisional acceptance in the program by September. Acceptance into the program is dependent upon the students receiving an employment placement. Employment term positions available to the students will be ap­proved by the department, and the employers will select the students they wish to employ. Stu­dents are advised that satisfying the entrance requirements does not guar­antee a place in the Cooperative Option if the demand for places exceeds the number of places available. The department reserves the right to deter­mine and select the best qualified applicants.

Students are required to register in and pay fees for each employment term prior to the commencement of each employment term. Students will be re­quired to submit an employment report upon the completion of each 4-month employment term. In order to stay in the Cooperative program, a student must obtain a grade of "pass" for each work term report.

Major

To enter the Major Degree program in Genetics, a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum DGPA of 2.00, and also obtained a minimum grade of “C+” in BIOL 1030 and CHEM 1310STAT 1000, MATH 1500 and the additional 3 credit hours of specified Mathematics courses are program requirements and students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses in first year.

* Students interested in studying Genetics should note that Grade 12 mathematics and chemistry are prerequisite to CHEM 1300.  Effective 2009-2010, students will also require Biology 40S (or equivalent) and any Grade 12 mathematics course (or equivalent) for entry to BIOL 1020 (the required prerequisite for BIOL 1030).

To continue in the Genetics Major Degree program, students must maintain a minimum DGPA of 2.00.

To graduate with the Bachelor of Science (Major) in Genetics, a student must obtain passing grades on all courses, obtain a minimum DGPA of 2.00, and a minimum grade of C in all required and optional courses that contribute to the Major.

Major Cooperative Option

Students interested in alternating academic terms and terms of paid em­ployment as part of their Genetics Major program may enter the Coop­erative Option in April of their second year. This five year program provides students with minimum 12 months of paid employment by the time they graduate. It enables them to obtain work experience in re­search and industry with participating firms, government agencies and University units.

The course and grade requirements for entry and continuation in the Coop­erative Option are the same as that for regular Major Degree program (see above). Students are required to complete the first and second year require­ments of the program and MBIO 3410 before they begin their first employ­ment term. Students should refer to the general faculty regu­lations for B. Sc. (Major) Cooperative Options in Section 3.6.

Students must apply for openings in the Cooperative Option and should check with the Co-op office for the April deadline information. They will be notified of their provisional acceptance in the program by September. Acceptance into the program is dependent upon the student receiving an employment placement. Employment term positions available to the students will be ap­proved by the department, and the employers will select the student(s) they wish to employ. Stu­dents are advised that satisfying the entrance requirements does not guar­antee a place in the Cooperative Option if the demand for places exceeds the number of places available. The department reserves the right to deter­mine and select the best qualified applicants.

Students are required to register in and pay fees for each employment term prior to the commencement of each employment term. Students will be re­quired to submit an employment report upon the completion of each 4-month employment term. In order to stay in the Cooperative program, a student must obtain a grade of "pass" for each work term report.

4.8.2 Genetics Program Charts
4.8.2 Genetics
YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4
HONOURS4 120 CREDIT HOURS
CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310

BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030

STAT 1000 or STAT 1150

MATH 15001

One of: MATH 12001, MATH 13001, or MATH 17001

BIOL 2500, BIOL 2520

CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2360 (MBIO 2360), CHEM 2370 (MBIO 2370)

MBIO 1010, MBIO 2020

STAT 2000 or STAT 2150

BIOL 3500

MBIO 3410

PLNT 3140

BGEN 3022, BGEN 3024

BGEN 40104 (6) or MBIO 45304 (6)

One of: ANTH 2240, ANTH 2560, ANTH 2860, or ANTH 2890

36 credit hours from list of optional courses (a minimum of 12 of these credit hours must be 4000 level)

In Year 1 or Year 2:

3 credit hours from the Faculty of Arts

3 credit hour “W” course2

6 credit hours of electives

30 Hours 30 Hours 30 Hours 30 Hours
HONOURS Cooperative Option3,4 120 CREDIT HOURS
CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310

BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030

STAT 1000 or STAT 1150

MATH 15001

One of: MATH 12001, MATH 13001, or MATH 17001

BIOL 2500, BIOL 2520

CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2360 (MBIO 2360), CHEM 2370 (MBIO 2370)

MBIO 1010, MBIO 2020

STAT 2000 or STAT 2150

BIOL 3500

MBIO 3410

PLNT 3140

BGEN 3022, BGEN 3024

One of: ANTH 2240, ANTH 2560, ANTH 2860, or ANTH 2890

42 credit hours from list of optional courses (a minimum of 18 of these credit hours must be 4000 level)

In Year 1 or Year 2:

3 credit hours from the Faculty of Arts

3 credit hour “W” course2

6 credit hours of electives

Work Terms:3,4

MBIO 3980, MBIO 3990, MBIO 4980 and/or MBIO 4990

30 Hours 30 Hours 30 Hours 30 Hours
MAJOR (Including Cooperative Option if selected)3,4 120 CREDIT HOURS
CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310

BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030

STAT 1000 or STAT 1150

MATH 15001

One of: MATH 12001, MATH 13001, or MATH 17001

BIOL 2500, BIOL 2520

CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2360 (MBIO 2360), CHEM 2370 (MBIO 2370)

MBIO 1010, MBIO 2020

STAT 2000 or STAT 2150

BIOL 3500

MBIO 3410

PLNT 3140

BGEN 3022, BGEN 3024

One of: ANTH 2240, ANTH 2560, ANTH 2860, or ANTH 2890

33 credit hours from list of optional courses (a minimum of 15 of these credit hours must be 4000 level)

9 credit hours of approved elective courses

In Year 1 or Year 2:

3 credit hours from the Faculty of Arts

3 credit hour “W” course2

6 credit hours of electives

Work Terms (if Co-op Selected):3,4

MBIO 3980, MBIO 3990, MBIO 4980 and/or MBIO 4990

NOTES:

1 MATH 1220 or MATH 1310 may be taken in place of MATH 1300; MATH 1230, MATH 1510, or MATH 1520 may be taken in place of MATH 1500; MATH 1232 or MATH 1710 may be taken in place of MATH 1700; MATH 1690 may be taken in place of MATH 1500 and MATH 1700; MATH 1240 may be taken in place of MATH 1200.

2 As there are no electives in Year 2 of the program, students should complete the University written English requirement in Year 1. If not completed in Year 1, a “W” course must be completed prior to Year 3 in addition to the required Year 2 courses.

3 IMPORTANT: Students in the cooperative program are advised to ensure that they are able to satisfy the prerequisites for all 3000 and 4000 level courses they plan to take.

4 MBIO 4530 and BGEN 4010 are required courses for students in Genetics Honours, but are not available to students in Cooperative Option, and require department consent for students in the Genetics Major.

(The number 6 in brackets indicates a 6 credit hour course.)

The optional courses are:

Biochemistry and Medical Genetics: BGEN 40101 (6)

Biological Sciences: BIOL 2410, BIOL 2420, BIOL 3290, BIOL 3300, BIOL 3400 (or PLNT 3400), BIOL 3542, BIOL 3560, BIOL 4500, BIOL 4510, BIOL 4540, BIOL 4542, BIOL 4560, BIOL 4650

Chemistry: CHEM 2260 (CHEM 2280), CHEM 2290, CHEM 4360, CHEM 4370, CHEM 4620, CHEM 4630

Microbiology: MBIO 2420, MBIO 3000, MBIO 3010, MBIO 3030, MBIO 3430, MBIO 3450, MBIO 3460, MBIO 4010, MBIO 40202, MBIO 4410, MBIO 45301 (6), MBIO 4540, MBIO 4670 (or the former MBIO 4570), MBIO 46722, MBIO 4600, MBIO 4610

Computer Science: COMP 1010, COMP 1020, COMP 1500, COMP 1600

Physics: PHYS 1020, PHYS 1030, PHYS 1050, PHYS 1070

Animal Science: ANSC 3500, ANSC 4280

Pharmacology: PHAC 4030, PHAC 4040

Plant Science: PLNT 2530, PLNT 3400 (or BIOL 3400), PLNT 3520, PLNT 4330, PLNT 4610

By an appropriate selection of courses from this list, students can obtain particular program emphasis in either plant, human or molecular genetics.

The Honours Co-op program must contain a minimum of 18 credit hours of 4000 level courses as options in Years 3 and 4.

Other suitable optional courses may be arranged through consultation with the Genetics program committee.

NOTES:

1 MBIO 4530 (6) and BGEN 4010 (6) are project courses. A research project is chosen in consultation with the Microbiology department (MBIO 4530) or Biochemistry and Medical Genetics (BGEN 4010) and the Genetics program committee, and is supervised by a staff member. Only one of MBIO 4530 or BGEN 4010 may be selected in this program. These are required courses for students registered in the Genetics Honours program and may be available to students registered in the Genetics Major program by departmental consent.

2 MBIO 4020 and MBIO 4672 are not available options for students in the Genetics Honours Degree program.