Unclassified Studies

Our program provides an advanced education with the goal of preparing students for a career in research. We do not provide introductory training to applicants who possess a minimal background in the basic sciences. Students who wish to upgrade their undergraduate record for (MSc-level only) admissions may consider registering in an unclassified year.

A First Class standing, (80% or better) should be obtained in courses recommended by the Department. Successful completion of an unclassified year does not guarantee admission to the MSc program.

Recommended Courses for Unclassified Studies

The courses in this list are merely suggestions. They might be a good scenario for some students, but not the best choices for someone else. We suggest you consult with a biochemistry undergraduate advisor before making any decisions.

CourseCreditsSubjectCourse Description
BIOC 303 6Molecular BiochemistryStructure, function and metabolism of lipids, steroids, amino acids and nucleotides; the biochemistry and molecular biology of replication, transcription, translation and gene regulation. For Majors and Honours students in Biochemistry and Honours students in other life science programs.
BIOC 4023Proteins: Structure and FunctionStructural components of proteins, classification by primary, secondary and tertiary structure, protein chemistry and purification, peptide and protein synthesis by chemical means and three-dimensional structure determination using X-ray diffraction and NMR.
BIOC 501 ABC3-6Advanced Biochemistry LaboratoryPractical applications of advanced biochemical techniques. Admission is limited and is by permission of the department head.
BIOC 5032
Molecular Biochemistry
A lecture course in molecular biology: replication, transcription, translation, gene organization, gene expression.
BIOL 3343Basic
Mendelian genetics, chromosome theory of heredity, linkage, mutation, mapping, gene structure and function, gene interaction, quantitative genetics, population genetics.
BIOL 3353Molecular
Isolation and identification of genes, analysis of gene structure; gene expression and its regulation in prokaryotes and in eukaryotes; developmental genetics.
CHEM 305 3Biophysical
Diffusion and transport phenomena; interaction of radiation and matter. Methods for determining molecular weight, size, and shape of molecules in solution.