This interdisciplinary program combines basic studies from areas such as molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology and organic chemistry, and courses designed especially for biopharmaceutical sciences' students. 

The goal is to produce graduates who, after further specialization, will be ready to work in an interdisciplinary environment at the interfaces between biology, chemistry and health-related sciences. 

Two options are offered: genomics (for students interested in the genetic and biological aspects of the field) and medicinal chemistry (for those fascinated by organic and biological chemistry). Genomics focuses on molecular biology and the function of genes and proteins in the study of diseases. Medicinal chemistry emphasizes organic and biological chemistry and their applications to the production of new and better pharmaceuticals. 

Graduates from both streams are well positioned to enter all sectors of the growing health sector, from biomedical research and biopharmaceuticals development to drug manufacturing and regulation. They also meet most requirements for entry into professional programs such as medicine, law, education and administration.

This program is offered in English and in French.

Co-operative education is available with this program.

The extended French stream is available with this program.

Requirements for this program have been modified. Please consult the 2015-2016 calendars for the previous requirements.

BIO 1130Introduction to Organismal Biology3 Units
BIO 1140Introduction to Cell Biology3 Units
CHM 1311Principles of Chemistry3 Units
CHM 1321Organic Chemistry I3 Units
MAT 1330Calculus for the Life Sciences I3 Units
MAT 1332Calculus for the Life Sciences II3 Units
PHY 1321Principles of Physics I3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Introduction to Earth Systems
Principles of Physics II
BCH 2333Introduction to Biochemistry3 Units
BIO 2133Genetics3 Units
BPS 2110Introduction to Biopharmaceutical Science3 Units
CHM 2120Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2123Laboratory of Organic Chemistry II3 Units
CHM 2132Physical Chemistry for the Life Sciences3 Units
MAT 2379Introduction to Biostatistics3 Units
PHI 2396Bioethics3 Units
BCH 3120General Intermediary Metabolism3 Units
BIO 3170Molecular Biology3 Units
3 course units from:3 Units
Molecular Biology Laboratory
Molecular Biology Laboratory
BPS 4900Seminar3 Units
PHA 4107Introductory Pharmacology - Drugs and Living Systems3 Units
3 optional course units in English (ENG) at the 1000 or 2000 level3 Units
6 elective course units from the Faculty of Arts, the Faculty of Education, the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Social Sciences or the Telfer School of Management6 Units
6 elective course units 16 Units
42 course units from the Medicinal Chemistry Option or the Genomics Option42 Units
Total: 120 Units
Medicinal Chemistry Option
CHM 2311Introduction to Structure and Bonding3 Units
CHM 2354Analytical Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3120Intermediate Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3122Applications of Spectroscopy in Chemistry3 Units
CHM 3126Laboratory of Organic Chemistry3 Units
BPS 4125Medicinal Chemistry3 Units
One option from the following:9 Units
Option 1: Honours Project
Honours Project
Option 2: Honours Project Substitution
Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory
and 6 optional course units from the list of optional courses for the Medicinal Chemistry Option
3 course units from:3 Units
Modern Bioanalytical Chemistry
Principles of Instrumental Analysis
9 optional course units from the list of optional courses for the Medicinal Chemistry Option9 Units
3 optional course units at the 3000 or 4000 level offered by the Faculty of Science3 Units
Total: 42 Units
Genomics Option
ITI 1120Introduction to Computing I3 Units
BIO 2135Animal Form and Function3 Units
BIO 3102Molecular Evolution3 Units
BIO 3119Population Genetics3 Units
BPS 3101Genomics3 Units
BPS 4101Human Genome Structure and Function3 Units
BPS 4104Bioinformatics Laboratory3 Units
One option from the following:9 Units
Option 1: Honours Project
Honours Project
Option 2: Honours Project Substitution
Advanced Techniques in Biosciences
and 6 optional course units from the list of optional courses for the Genomics Option at the 3000 or 4000 level
9 optional course units from the list of optional courses for the Genomics Option9 Units
3 optional course units at the 3000 or 4000 level offered by the Faculty of Science3 Units
Total: 42 Units

Note(s)

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For students intending to pursue graduate studies in Chemistry, it is highly recommended to take 6 of their elective course units from the list of optional courses in Medicinal Chemistry.

List of Optional Courses

Medicinal Chemistry Option:
BCH 3125Protein Structure and Function3 Units
BIM 4316Modern Bioanalytical Chemistry3 Units
BPS 3350Transition Metal Chemistry3 Units
BPS 4103Selected Topics in Biopharmaceutical Science3 Units
BPS 4111Directed Studies in Biopharmaceutical Science3 Units
BPS 4121Biosynthesis and Natural Product Derived Medicines3 Units
BPS 4126Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry Laboratory3 Units
BPS 4129Advanced Chemical Biology3 Units
BPS 4131Advanced Biopharmaceutical Science3 Units
CHM 3350Transition Metal Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4139Enzyme Chemistry and Biocatalysis3 Units
CHM 4141Computational Chemistry I3 Units
CHM 4155Polymer and Applied Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4317Organometallic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4319Bio-Inorganic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4325Advanced Organic Synthesis and Reaction Mechanisms3 Units
CHM 4328Special Topics in Organic Chemistry3 Units
CHM 4354Principles of Instrumental Analysis3 Units
Genomics Option:
BCH 3125Protein Structure and Function3 Units
BCH 3346Biochemistry Laboratory II3 Units
BCH 4122Structural Biology of Proteins3 Units
BCH 4125Cellular Regulation and Control3 Units
BCH 4172Topics in Biotechnology3 Units
BCH 4188Nucleic Acids - Structure and Functions3 Units
BIM 4103Selected Topics in Biomedical Science3 Units
BIM 4316Modern Bioanalytical Chemistry3 Units
BIO 2137Introduction to Plant Science: Biodiversity to Biotechnology3 Units
BIO 3124General Microbiology3 Units
BIO 3126General Microbiology Laboratory3 Units
BIO 3140Plant Physiology and Biochemistry3 Units
BIO 3147Developmental Biology3 Units
BIO 3152Cell Biology Laboratory3 Units
BIO 3153Cell Biology3 Units
BIO 3302Animal Physiology II3 Units
BIO 3303Animal Physiology I3 Units
BIO 3305Cellular Physiology3 Units
BIO 4109Advanced Topics in Animal Development3 Units
BIO 4115Molecular Genetics3 Units
BIO 4127Comparative Endocrinology3 Units
BIO 4144Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology3 Units
BIO 4145Eukaryotic Microbiology3 Units
BIO 4174Biotechnology3 Units
BPS 3102Principles of Toxicology and Pharmacology3 Units
BPS 4102Pharmaceuticals: Federal and International Regulations3 Units
BPS 4103Selected Topics in Biopharmaceutical Science3 Units
BPS 4105Human Toxicology and Environmental Health3 Units
BPS 4111Directed Studies in Biopharmaceutical Science3 Units
BPS 4123Phytomedicines and Natural Product Drugs3 Units
BPS 4129Advanced Chemical Biology3 Units
BPS 4131Advanced Biopharmaceutical Science3 Units
MIC 4100Pathogens and the Environment3 Units
MIC 4124Pathogenic Bacteriology3 Units
MIC 4125Immunology3 Units
MIC 4126Virology3 Units
PHS 3341Physiology of Sensation, Regulation, Movement and Reproduction3 Units
PHS 3342Physiological Regulation of Intake, Distribution, Protection and Elimination3 Units