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4.2 Biochemistry
Head: Deborah Court - Department of Microbiology; Viktor Nemykin - Department of Chemistry
Campus Address/General Office: 213 Buller Building / 360 Parker Building
Telephone: 204 474 9372 / 204 474 9321
Email Address: 

Deborah.Court@umanitoba.ca / Viktor.Nemykin@umanitoba.ca

Website: 

http://umanitoba.ca/faculties/science/departments/microbiology/ OR http://www.umanitoba.ca/chemistry

4.2.1 Program Information

Biochemistry Honours Degree Requirements

To enter the joint Honours program in Biochemistry, 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 CHEM 1310 and a minimum grade of C+ in BIOL 1020. BIOL 1030, PHYS 1020 (or PHYS 1050), PHYS 1030 (or PHYS 1070), MATH 1500 and MATH 1700 are required courses in the program and students are strongly encouraged to complete them in first year.

To continue in the Biochemistry Joint 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 Biochemistry Joint Honours degree, a student must achieve a min­imum DGPA of 3.00 and obtain a minimum grade of “C” on the courses that make up the 120 credit hours of the de­gree.

Chemistry and Microbiology Option Courses for Biochemistry Honours Students:

Chemistry: CHEM 2290, CHEM 3360, CHEM 3370, CHEM 3390, CHEM 3400, CHEM 3490, CHEM 3580, CHEM 3590, CHEM 4370, CHEM 4570, CHEM 4580, CHEM 4590, CHEM 4610 (6), CHEM 4640, CHEM 4650, CHEM 4670, CHEM 4680, CHEM 4690

Microbiology: MBIO 3000, MBIO 3010, MBIO 3030, MBIO 3280, MBIO 3430, MBIO 3470, MBIO 4010, MBIO 4020, MBIO 4410, MBIO 4440, MBIO 4480, MBIO 4520, MBIO 4570, MBIO 4580, MBIO 4600, MBIO 4610, MBIO 4670 (or MBIO 4672)

Option courses no longer offered that may be used if taken prior to their deletion: CHEM 3380, CHEM 4600, MBIO 2280, MBIO 3440, MBIO 3480, MBIO 4320, MBIO 4470, and MBIO 4510. NOTE: Several of these courses may not be held with current course offerings found on the above option lists.  Please refer to the calendar descriptions for more information about specific course restrictions.

Other options may be considered and approved by the program advisor.

Biochemistry Honours Cooperative Option

Students interested in alternating academic terms and terms of paid employment as part of their Honours Biochemistry program may enter the Cooperative Option in April of their second year. The 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. Each academic term in the third and subsequent years must comprise a minimum of nine (9) credit hours. 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. (Honours) Cooperative Options in Section 3.6.

To graduate with the B. Sc. Honours (Cooperative Option) degree, a stu­dent must achieve a minimum DGPA of 3.00 and a minimum grade of “C” on all courses that contribute to the 120 credit hours of the degree.

In addition to the program specific courses, in years 3 and 4 students will select 21 credit hours from the list of optional Microbiology and Chemistry courses found below.  Additionally, students will select 12 credit hours of Science electives (see note 5).

Chemistry and Microbiology Option Courses for Biochemistry Honours Co-op Students:

Chemistry: CHEM 2290, CHEM 3360, CHEM 3370, CHEM 3390, CHEM 3400, CHEM 3490, CHEM 3580, CHEM 3590, CHEM 4370, CHEM 4570, CHEM 4580, CHEM 4590, CHEM 4610 (6), CHEM 4640, CHEM 4650, CHEM 4670, CHEM 4680, CHEM 4690, CHEM 4710 (6)

Microbiology: MBIO 3000, MBIO 3010, MBIO 3030, MBIO 3280, MBIO 3430, MBIO 3470, MBIO 4010, MBIO 4020, MBIO 4410, MBIO 4440, MBIO 4480, MBIO 4520, MBIO 4530 (6), MBIO 4570, MBIO 4580, MBIO 4600, MBIO 4610, MBIO 4670 (or MBIO 4672)

Option courses no longer offered that may be used if taken prior to their deletion: CHEM 3380, CHEM 4600, MBIO 2280, MBIO 3440, MBIO 3480, MBIO 4320, MBIO 4470, and MBIO 4510.  NOTE: Several of these courses may not be held with current course offerings found on the above option lists.  Please refer to the calendar descriptions for more information about specific course restrictions.

Other options may be considered and approved by the program advisor.

Students must check with the Co-op office for the April application deadline information. Students 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 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 em­ployment term. In order to stay in the Cooperative program, a student must obtain a grade of "pass" for each work term report.

Biochemistry Four Year Major Degree Requirements

To enter the joint four year Major program, a student must have completed a min­imum of 24 credit hours with a minimum DGPA of 2.00, and also obtained a minimum grade of “C+” in CHEM 1310, and a minimum grade of “C” in BIOL 1020BIOL 1030, PHYS 1020 (or PHYS 1050), PHYS 1030 (or PHYS 1070), MATH 1500, and MATH 1700 are required courses in the program and students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses in first year. 

To continue in the Bachelor of Science Major degree program, students must maintain a minimum DGPA of 2.00.

To graduate with the Bachelor of Science Major in Biochemistry, a student must com­plete 120 credit hours or more, with min­imum grades of “C” on all Major Program Specific courses (see below), passing grades (“D” or better) on the remaining courses, and a minimum DGPA of 2.00.

Major Program Specific Courses:

Chemistry: CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2260, (CHEM 2280), CHEM 2360 (MBIO 2360), CHEM 2370 (MBIO 2370), CHEM 2400 (CHEM 2380), CHEM 2470, CHEM 3570, CHEM 4630 and whichever one of CHEM 4620, CHEM 4360, CHEM 4370 is selected.

Microbiology: MBIO 1010, MBIO 2020, MBIO 3410, and whichever one of MBIO 3450, MBIO 3460 or MBIO 4540 is selected.

Students in this program should note the following:

Students must satisfy any course prerequisites and co-requisites for courses selected. Care should be taken to select courses in their proper sequence, e.g. CHEM 2370 (MBIO 2370) and MBIO 2020 should be taken in Year 2 as they are prerequi­site to a number of subsequent required or optional courses.

Normally 4000 level courses are available only to students in their fourth year. MBIO 4530 and MBIO 4670 are not available to Major students.

Students are encouraged to elect other courses pertinent to the study of bi­ochemistry although this is not required for completion of the degree. The departments of Microbiology and Chemistry will be glad to suggest such supplementary courses upon request.

Students who may wish to transfer to the Honours program in Biochemistry following Year 2 should be sure to complete all courses recommended in Year 2 (see chart below).

Biochemistry Major Cooperative Option

Students interested in alternating academic terms and terms of paid employment as part of their program may enter the Biochemistry Major Cooperative Option in April of their second year. The five year program provides students with a 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 those required for the regular Major program. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take 15 credit hours in each academic term in the third and subsequent years. 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 3.4.

To graduate with the degree Bachelor of Science Major (Cooperative Option), a student must complete the equivalent of 120 credit hours or more, with minimum grades of “C” on Major Program Specific courses (see below), passing grades (“D” or better) on the remaining courses, and a minimum DGPA of 2.00.

Major Program Specific Courses

CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2260, (CHEM 2280), CHEM 2360 (MBIO 2360), CHEM 2370 (MBIO 2370), CHEM 2400 (CHEM 2380), CHEM 2470, CHEM 3570, CHEM 4630 and whichever of CHEM 4620, CHEM 4360, CHEM 4370 is selected.

MBIO 1010, MBIO 2020, MBIO 3410, and whichever one of MBIO 3450, MBIO 3460 or MBIO 4540 selected.

Students must check with the Co-op office for the April application deadline information. Students 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 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 employment term. In order to stay in the Cooperative program, a student must obtain a grade of "pass" for each work term report.

4.2.2 Biochemistry Programs (offered Jointly by the Departments of Chemistry and Microbiology)
4.2.2 Biochemistry Programs (offered Jointly by the Departments of Chemistry and Microbiology)
YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 YEAR 4
JOINT HONOURS 120 CREDIT HOURS
CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310

BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030

PHYS 1050 (or PHYS 1020), PHYS 1070 (or PHYS 1030)

MATH 15001, MATH 17001

CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2260 (CHEM 2280), CHEM 2360, CHEM 2370, CHEM 2400, CHEM 2470

MBIO 10106, MBIO 2020

CHEM 3570

MBIO 3410, MBIO 3450, MBIO 3460

CHEM 4360, CHEM 4620, CHEM 4630, (CHEM 4710 (6) or MBIO 4530 (6))

MBIO 4540

In Year 1 or Year 2 the following must be completed:

6 credit hours from the Faculty of Arts including the University Written English “W” requirement2

3 credit hours chosen from COMP, MATH, or STAT5

18 credit hours selected from the list of Microbiology and Chemistry optional courses (listed above).

12 credit hours selected from the Faculty of Science5

30 Hours 30 Hours 30 Hours 30 Hours
JOINT HONOURS COOPERATIVE OPTION3 120 CREDIT HOURS
CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310

BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030

PHYS 1050 (or PHYS 1020), PHYS 1070 (or PHYS 1030)

MATH 15001, MATH 17001

CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2260 (CHEM 2280), CHEM 2360, CHEM 2370, CHEM 2400, CHEM 2470

MBIO 10106, MBIO 2020

CHEM 3570

MBIO 3410, MBIO 3450, MBIO 3460

CHEM 4360, CHEM 4620, CHEM 4630

MBIO 4540

In Year 1 or Year 2 the following must be completed:

6 credit hours from the Faculty of Arts including the University Written English “W” requirement2

3 credit hours chosen from COMP, MATH, or STAT5

24 credit hours selected from the list of Microbiology and Chemistry Optional courses listed above.

12 credit hours selected from the Faculty of Science5

Work Terms:

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

30 Hours 30 Hours 30 Hours 30 Hours
JOINT FOUR YEAR MAJOR (Including Cooperative Option)3,4 120 CREDIT HOURS
CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310

BIOL 1020, BIOL 1030

PHYS 1050 (or PHYS 1020), PHYS 1070 (or PHYS 1030)

MATH 15001, MATH 17001

CHEM 2210, CHEM 2220, CHEM 2260 (CHEM 2280), CHEM 2360, CHEM 2370, CHEM 2400, CHEM 2470

MBIO 10106, MBIO 2020

CHEM 3570

MBIO 3410

One of: MBIO 3450, MBIO 3460, MBIO 4540

CHEM 4630

One of: CHEM 4620, CHEM 4360, CHEM 4370

 

 

In Year 1 or Year 2 the following must be completed:

6 credit hours from the Faculty of Arts including the University Written English “W” requirement2

3 credit hours chosen from COMP, MATH, or STAT5

24 credit hours of Microbiology and Chemistry (minimum 6 credit hours from each dept.). Of these 24 credit hours, at least 12 hours must be 4000 level courses.

21 credit hours of approved electives5

Work Terms (if Co-op Selected):

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

NOTES:

1 MATH 1230 or 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.

2 As there are no open 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 programs must ensure that they are able to satisfy the prerequisites for all 3000 and 4000 level courses they plan to take.

4 The four year Major program need not be completed in the manner prescribed in the chart above. The chart indicates one possible arrangement of the required courses and is meant to be a guide around which students can plan their program.

5 MATH 1010, MATH 1020, the former MATH 1190, the former COMP 1260, the former COMP 1270, COMP 1500 and COMP 1600 may not be chosen to satisfy this requirement

6 MBIO 1010 can be taken in Year 1 after BIOL 1020.

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