Courses

200 Level

BIOC 202 Introductory Medical Biochemistry - 2021 Winter

Introduction to proteins and enzymes, carbohydrate metabolism, and glucose homeostasis.

The course emphasis is on human biochemistry and it is designed for students going into health science fields. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOC 202, BIOC 203 or BIOL 201.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites:  CHEM 203 or  CHEM 233.

Equivalents: BIOC 203, BIOL 201.

Course Coordinator: Warren Williams

Tel: 604–822–8729

Email: wwarren@mail.ubc.ca

Textbook: Recommended Lehninger: Principles of Biochemistry (Seventh edition), Worth Publishers, 2017. Please find more details in the course information below.

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BIOC 203 Fundamentals of Biochemistry - 2021 Winter
Amino acids and proteins. Enzymes and enzymology. Human metabolic pathways. Structure, function and metabolism of carbohydrates including glycogen storage and gluconeogenesis. Restricted to students in Biochemistry specializations. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOC 202, BIOC 203 or BIOL 201.

Credits: 3

Prerequisites: BIOL 200 and one of CHEM 203CHEM 223

Co-requisites: CHEM 213

Course Coordinator: Warren Williams

Tel: 604–822–8729

Email: warren.williams@ubc.ca

300 Level

BIOC 301 Biochemistry Laboratory
Techniques by which the chemical and physical properties of fundamental components of the cell are studied.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: One of BIOC 300BIOC 302BIOC 303.

Course Coordinator: Jason Read

Tel: 604–822–7582

Email: jaread@mail.ubc.ca

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BIOC 302 General Biochemistry - 2021 Winter
Metabolic reactions of lipids, steroids, amino acids and nucleotides; the biochemistry of replication, transcription and translation. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOC 302 or BIOC 303.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: One of BIOL 201BIOC 202BIOC 203 and one of CHEM 203CHEM 223CHEM 233.

Equivalents: BIOC 303

Course Coordinator: Robert Maurus

Tel: 604–822–7214

Email: maurus@mail.ubc.ca

Textbook: Lehninger, Principles of Biochemistry (7th edition). Nelson, D. L., Cox, M. M., Freeman and Company 2017.

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BIOC 303 Molecular Biochemistry - 2021 Winter

Structure, function and metabolism of lipids, steroids, amino acids and nucleotides; the biochemistry and molecular biology of replication, transcription, translation and gene regulation. For students in Biochemistry and Honours programs in other life sciences. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOC 302 or BIOC 303.
Credits: 6
Prerequisites: One of BIOC 203BIOC 202BIOL 201 and either (a) CHEM 213 or (b) all of CHEM 205CHEM 233.

Course Coordinator: Franck Duong (Term 1), Thibault Mayor (Term 2)

Tel: 604–822–5975

Email: Dr. Duong - fduong@mail.ubc.ca, Dr. Mayor - mayor@msl.ubc.ca

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BIOC 304 Contemporary Biochemical Research - 2021 Winter

Exploration of the breadth and importance of biochemical research to present day challenges in medicine and biotechnology. Detailed experimental research case studies of novel biochemical methods used to address pressing and ongoing biochemical issues.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: CHEM 213.

Co-requisites: BIOC 303.

Course Coordinator: Calvin Yip

Tel: 604–827–3976

Email: calvin.yip@ubc.ca

BIOC 398 – Internship Work Placement I - 2021 Winter

Approved and supervised technical work experience in an industrial or academic laboratory for three or four months. Technical report required. Restricted to students admitted to the Internship Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: (Completion of academic third year in Biochemistry major or honours program is required.)

BIOC 399 – Internship Work Placement II - 2021 Winter

Approved and supervised technical work experience in an industrial or academic research setting for four months. Technical report required. Restricted to students admitted to the Internship Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOC 398.

400 Level

BIOC 402 Proteins: Structure and Function - 2021 Winter

Structural 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.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: One of BIOC 302BIOC 303BIOT 380. (A minimum standing of 65% is recommended in these courses.)

Course Coordinator: Calvin Yip

Tel: 604–827–3976

Email: calvin.yip@ubc.ca

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BIOC 403 Enzymology - 2021 Winter

Kinetic analysis, catalytic mechanisms, transition state stabilization and regulation of activity, strategies for active site characterization and case studies of well-documented enzyme systems. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOC 403, CHEM 413 or CHEM 569.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOC 402. (A minimum standing of 65% is recommended.)

Course Coordinator: Natalie Strynadka

Tel: 604–822–0789

Email: ncjs@mail.ubc.ca

BIOC 404 Biochemical Methods - 2021 Winter

Theory and application of classical and emerging technologies in biochemical research. Emphasis on using primary literature and oral presentation skills. Restricted to Honours students in Biochemistry or others with permission of the instructor.
Credits: 3

Course Coordinator: Thibault Mayor

Tel: 604–822–5144

Email: mayor@mail.ubc.ca

BIOC 410 Nucleic Acids-Structure and Function - 2021 Winter

Chemical, physical and biological properties of nucleic acids and their role in replication, transcription, translation and regulation of expression of genetic material. Credit will be granted for only one of BIOC 410 or BIOC 510.
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: Either (a) all of BIOC 303BIOL 335 or (b) BIOT 380. (A minimum standing of 65% is recommended in these courses.)

Course Coordinator: Eric Jan

Tel: 604–827–4226

Email: ej@mail.ubc.ca

BIOC 420 Advanced Biochemical Techniques - 2021 Winter

Multi-week experiments in areas of contemporary biochemistry research using classical and modern techniques. Emphasis on experimental design, technique, critical analysis of data, and scientific communication skills. Restricted to Honours students in Biochemistry and others with permission of the instructor.
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: One of BIOC 404FSCT 480.

Course Coordinator: Scott Covey

Email: scott.covey@ubc.ca

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BIOC 421 Recombinant DNA Techniques - 2021 Winter

Multi-week experiments involving contemporary nucleic acid research, cloning and recombinant protein engineering. Emphasis is on experimental design, critical analysis of data and scientific communication skills. Restricted to Major students in Biochemistry.
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: All of BIOC 301BIOC 410.

Course Coordinator: Scott Covey

Email: scott.covey@ubc.ca

BIOC 440 Concepts in Molecular Biology - 2021 Winter

Developing areas of molecular biology, focusing on experimental design and data analysis. Signal transduction, the use of model eukaryotes, and the regulation of gene expression.
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: One of BIOC 303BIOT 380 and all of BIOC 402BIOC 410.

Course Coordinator: LeAnn Howe

Tel: 604–822–6297

Email: ljhowe@mail.ubc.ca

BIOC 448 Directed Studies in Biochemistry - 2021 Winter

A library (3 credits) or a laboratory project with written report (3 or 6 credits) allowing a student to undertake an investigation on a specific topic as agreed upon by the faculty and student.
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: (Permission of the Department Head is required.)

Course Coordinator: Scott Covey

Email: scott.covey@ubc.ca

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BIOC 449 Honours Thesis - 2021 Winter

A research problem under the direction of a faculty member. Restricted to Honours students.
Credits: 3

Course Coordinator: Scott Covey

Email: scott.covey@ubc.ca

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BIOC 450 Membrane Biochemistry - 2021 Winter

Biochemistry of membranes and membrane proteins, membrane fusion, electrical signaling, and the involvement of membrane proteins in disease and drug development.
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: One of BIOC 303BIOT 380 and all of BIOC 402BIOC 410.

Course Coordinator: Filip L.A. Van Petegem

Tel: 604–827–4267

Email: petegem@mail.ubc.ca

BIOC 460 Advanced Techniques in Biochemistry - 2021 Winter

Theoretical basis and practical applications of a selection of advanced techniques currently used in biochemical research. Topics will vary.
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: One of BIOC 303BIOT 380 and all of BIOC 402BIOC 410.

Course Coordinator: Sheila Teves

Tel: 604–827–2044

Email: sheila.teves@ubc.ca

BIOC 470 Biochemistry and Society: Current Issues - 2021 Winter

Biochemical basis of select global challenges. Critical evaluation of primary literature to form evidence-based opinions and communicating biochemistry as it relates to several controversial societal issues.
Credits: 3

Prerequisites: One of BIOC 302BIOC 303.

Course Coordinator: Lindsay Rogers

Tel: 604–822–0511

Email: lindsay.rogers@ubc.ca

BIOC 498 Internship Work Placement III - 2021 Winter

Approved and supervised technical work experience in an industrial or academic laboratory for three or four months. Technical report required. Restricted to students admitted to the Internship Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOC 399.

Course Coordinator: Scott Covey

Email: scott.covey@ubc.ca

BIOC 499 Internship Work Placement IV - 2021 Winter

Approved and supervised technical work experience in an industrial or academic research setting for four months. Technical report required. Restricted to students admitted to the Internship Program in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Credits: 3
Prerequisites: BIOC 498.

Course Coordinator: Scott Covey

Email: scott.covey@ubc.ca