Biochemistry

Cross the bridge between biology and chemistry to study the very foundations of life.

Develop problem-solving and analytical skills, critical reasoning and communication skills

Provides a good balance of fundamental biochemical principles and practical techniques required in the life sciences.

Academic Advisor

Dr. Eric Gauthier

Telephone: 705.675.1151 x 2101

Email: egauthier@laurentian.ca

Office: Additional Academic Advisor: Dr. A. Omri ext: 2190 & Dr S. Siemann ext: 2105

How to Apply
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Delivery Method: On campus
Program Language: English

A program flow chart is available here.

Visit the Department Chemistry and Biochemistry website for more information.

Ontario High School Applicants

1 grade 12 English U/M course

1 grade 12 4U Advanced Functions

1 grade 12 U Science course (Chemistry recommended)

1 additional grade 12 U/M Math or Science course (Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended)

2 other grade 12 U/M courses 

A minimum overall average of 70% in the 6 best grade 12 U/M courses


Additional information for applicants who have completed Advanced Placement courses.

Additional information for applicants who have completed the International Baccalaureate.

 

Applicants from outside an Ontario High School 

International Students

Canadian High School Applicants from outside Ontario

Applicants from Colleges

Applicants from other Universities

Mature Students

For Current Students

The degree options listed below are for the upcoming academic year, not the current academic year. If you are a current student looking for which courses to take in order to complete your degree options from a previous academic year's curriculum, please consult with an academic advisor.


Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biochemistry

Students must follow these regulations in order to meet graduation requirements for the BA or B.Sc.

 

Specialization in Biochemistry

First Year

BIOL 1506E     Biology I*

BIOL 1507E     Biology II

CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I #

CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II

MATH 1036E     Calculus I##

MATH 1037E     Calculus II   OR   MATH 1057E     Linear Algebra I

PHYS 1006E     Introductory Physics I   OR   PHYS 1206E     Physics for the Life Sciences I

PHYS 1007E     Introductory Physics II   OR   PHYS 1207E     Physics for the Life Sciences II

6 elective credits

#  Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.

## Students lacking grade 12 4U Advanced Functions or who have attained a grade of less than 60% must first take MATH 1912.

 

Second Year

BIOL 2026E     Introduction to Microbiology

CHMI 2117E     Introductory Quantitative Analysis

CHMI 2227E     Biochemistry I

CHMI 2316E     Inorganic Chemistry I

CHMI 2426E     Organic Chemistry I

CHMI 2427E     Organic Chemistry II

CHMI 2516E     Introductory Physical Chemistry I

COSC 2836E     Computer Software for the Sciences

     OR   STAT 2246E     Statistics for Scientists

3 credits from:

     BIOL 2126E      Cell Biology **

     BIOL ***

3 elective credits

 

§This program has a co-op option. Please contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for more information.

 

Third Year

CHMI 3226E     Biochemistry II

CHMI 3227E     Experimental  Biochemistry

CHMI 3416E     Intermediate Organic Chemistry

CHMI 4226E     Recombinant DNA Technology

CHMI 3217E     Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

     OR   CHMI 4217E     Biomembranes, Structure and Function

3 credits from:

     CHMI 3236E     Enzymology

     CHMI 4207E     Advanced Cellular Biochemistry

     CHMI 4256E     Biochemistry of Diseases

     CHMI 4286E     Environmental Biochemistry

     CHMI 4287E     Biochemical Toxicology

     CHMI 4297E     Biochemistry of the Immune System

3 credits from:

     CHMI 2517E     Introductory Physical Chemistry II

     CHMI 3116E     Instrumental Techniques in Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Sciences

     CHMI 3417E     Topics in Organic Chemistry

     CHMI 3427E     Introductory Medicinal Chemistry

     CHMI 4206E     Applied Bioinformatics

     CHMI 4237E     Special Topics in Biochemistry

     CHMI 4246E     Protein Modification, Structure and Regulation

     CHMI 4486E     Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

     CHMI 4496E     Physical Organic Chemistry

   3 credits from :

     BIOL 2126E     Cell Biology **

     BIOL ***

6 elective credits

 

§This program has a co-op option. Please contact the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry for more information.

 

Fourth Year

CHMI 4615E     Research and Seminar

CHMI 3217E     Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

     OR   CHMI 4217E     Biomembranes, Structure and Function

3 credits from:

     CHMI 3236E     Enzymology

     CHMI 4207E     Advanced Cellular Biochemistry

     CHMI 4256E     Biochemistry of Diseases

     CHMI 4286E     Environmental Biochemistry

     CHMI 4287E     Biochemical Toxicology

     CHMI 4297E     Biochemistry of the Immune System

3 credits from:

     CHMI 3116E     Instrumental Techniques in Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Sciences

     CHMI 3417E     Topics in Organic Chemistry

     CHMI 3427E     Introductory Medicinal Chemistry

     CHMI 4206E     Applied Bioinformatics

     CHMI 4237E     Special Topics in Biochemistry

     CHMI 4246E     Protein Modification, Structure and Regulation

     CHMI 4486E     Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

     CHMI 4496E     Physical Organic Chemistry

     CHMI 4497E     Natural Product Chemistry

     CHMI 4597E     Computer-Aided Molecular Simulations and Chemical Design

3 credits from :

     BIOL 2126E     Cell Biology **

     BIOL ***

3 upper year BIOL credits

9 elective credits

 

Students must include a minimum of 12 credits from the Arts.

PHIL 2345E or PHIL 2525E is highly recommended as an elective.

* Students mst take at least 21 BIOL credits as part of their program.

** BIOL 2126E is mandatory and can be taken in 2nd, 3rd or 4th year.

***BIOL 2007E is highly recommended

The following courses may be used as BIOL credits in the Biochemistry program: ANTR 3047E, ANTR 3086E, PHED 2506E, PHED 2507E, PHYS 2606E, PSYC 2606E, PSYC 2617E, PSYC 3506E.

 In addition, CHMI 3427E, CHMI 4237E, CHMI 4286, CHMI 4287, and CHMI 4297 may be used as BIOL credits if not used as CHMI credits.

Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

Co-Op Schedule

In general, there are two times at which students can take a Co-Op placement (see table below):

  1. a four-month placement during the summer after second year; and
  2. a twelve to sixteen month placement after third year.

A 2nd year placement is not a requirement for eligibility to enroll in a 3rd year placement.

 

 

Fall term

September to December

Winter term

January to April

Summer

May to August

First year

Academic term 1

Academic term 2

 

 

Second year

Academic term 3

Academic term 4

Co-Op 2nd year placement

CHMI 0000EL

Third year

Academic term 5

Academic term 6

Start of 3rd year placement

CHMI 0000EL

Co-Op year

3rd year placement CHMI 0000-EL

3rd year placement CHMI 0000-EL

3rd year placement CHMI 0000-EL

Fourth year

Academic term 7

Academic term 8

 

 

 

Students who successfully complete 16 months (four terms of CHMI 0000EL) of Co-Op are eligible to receive a discipline specific Co-Op degree. This will appear on their university transcript.

 

Major in Biochemistry

CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I *

CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II

CHMI 2227E     Biochemistry I

CHMI 2426E     Organic Chemistry I

CHMI 2427E     Organic Chemistry II

CHMI 3226E     Biochemistry II

CHMI 3217E     Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids

21 credits from the List of optional Biochemistry courses (see bottom)

8 first year Science credits:

     BIOL 1506E     Biology I

     BIOL 1507E     Biology II

     MATH 1036E     Calculus I**

     MATH 1037E     Calculus II   OR   MATH 1057E     Linear Algebra I

     PHYS 1006E     Introductory Physics I   OR   PHYS 1206E     Physics for the Life Science I

     PHYS 1007E     Introductory Physics II   OR   PHYS 1207E     Physics for the Life Science II

12 credits from Arts

48 elective credits#

 

* Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.

** Students lacking grade 12 4U Advanced Functions or who have attained a grade of less than 60% must first take MATH 1912.

# Students must complete either a minor (24 credits) or a second major (42 credits) from the courses not used in the Biochemistry major.

 

Note:    Students may not exceed 48 credits at the 1000 or 9100 level in their degree program.

 

 

Minor in Biochemistry

CHMI 1006E     General Chemistry I*

CHMI 1007E     General Chemistry II

CHMI 2227E     Biochemistry I

CHMI 2426E     Organic Chemistry I

CHMI 2427E     Organic Chemistry II

CHMI 3226E     Biochemistry II

6 credits from the List of optional Biochemistry courses

 

* Students lacking grade 12 4U Chemistry must first take CHMI 1041.

Students interested in completing a Minor in Biochemistry are strongly recommended to also complete BIOL 1506/1507. 

 

List of optional Biochemistry courses

CHMI 3116E     Instrumental Techniques in Chemical, Biochemical and Environmental Sciences

CHMI 3227E     Experimental Biochemistry

CHMI 3236E     Enzymology

CHMI 3257E     Principles of Pharmacology

CHMI 3427E     Introduction to Medicinal Chemistry

CHMI 3446E     Chemical Pharmacognosy

CHMI 4206E     Applied Bioinformatics

CHMI 4207E     Advanced Cellular Biochemistry

CHMI 4217E     Biomembranes, Structure and Function

CHMI 4226E     Recombinant DNA Technology

CHMI 4227E     Recombinant DNA Technology II

CHMI 4236F     Biotechnologie pharmaceutique

CHMI 4237E     Special Topics in Biochemistry

CHMI 4246E     Protein Modification, Structure and Regulation

CHMI 4247F     Biochimie industrielle

CHMI 4256E     Biochemistry of Diseases

CHMI 4286E     Environmental Biochemistry

CHMI 4287E     Biochemical Toxicology

CHMI 4297E     Biochemistry of the Immune System

CHMI 4446E     Drug Design and Development

CHMI 4486E     Advanced Medicinal Chemistry

CHMI 4497E     Natural Product Chemistry

 

§ Students interested in the Co-Op program must:

  1. Be in good academic standing (not on probation, etc.) and enrolled in the Specialization in Biochemistry;
  2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 6.0;
  3. At the beginning of the placement, must have completed the first two years for a second-year placement or first three years for a third-year placement;
  4. Must have passed the required program courses at the end of the academic year leading up to their placement.

Students who have successfully completed 16 months (four terms) of Co-Op are eligible to receive a discipline specific Co-Op degree. This will appear on their university transcript.

Year:

CHMI-1006EL - General Chemistry I CHMI-1007EL - General Chemistry II BIOL-2007EL - Genetics BIOL-2026EL - Introduction to Microbiology BIOL-2126EL - Cell Biology CHMI-2117EL - Introductory Quantitative Analysis CHMI-2227EL - Biochemistry I CHMI-2316EL - Inorganic Chemistry I CHMI-2426EL - Organic Chemistry I CHMI-2427EL - Organic Chemistry II CHMI-2516EL - Intro Physical Chemistry I CHMI-2517EL - Intro Physical Chemistry II COSC-2836EL - Computer Software for Sciences STAT-2246EL - Statistics for Scientists CHMI-3116EL - Instrumental Techniques CHMI-3217EL - Biochemistry of Nucleic Acids
CHMI-3226EL - Biochemistry II CHMI-3227EL - Experiemental Biochemistry CHMI-3416EL - Intermediate Organic Chemistr CHMI-3417EL - Topics in Organic Chemistry CHMI-3427EL - Intro. Medicinal Chemistry CHMI-4206EL - Applied Bioinformatics CHMI-4217EL - Biomembranes CHMI-4226EL - Recombinant DNA Technology CHMI-4237EL - Special Topics in Biochemistry CHMI-4286EL - Environmental Biochemistry CHMI-4287EL - Biochemical Toxicology CHMI-4297EL - Biochemistry-Immune System CHMI-4496EL - Physical Organic Chemistry CHMI-4597EL - Computer-Aided Molecular Simulations And Chemical Design CHMI-4615EL - Research and Seminar

Full-Time Faculty

Cross-Appointments

Adjunct

Dr. Vasu Appanna

Tom Kovala (NOSM)

Dr. Yu-Wei Chen

Dr. Gustavo Arteca

Carita Lannér (NOSM)

Dr. Xiongxin Dai

Dr. Nelson Belzile

Stacey Ritz (NOSM)

Dr. Baoqing Guo

Dr. M’hamed Chahma

Leslie Sutherland (NOSM)

Dr. Mukund Jha

Dr. Eric Gauthier

T.C. Tai (NOSM)

Dr. Angelo Mazzuchin

Dr. Joy Gray-Munro

Robert Lafrenie (NOSM)

 

Dr. Hélène Joly

Dr. Crestina Beites    

 

Dr. Aseem Kumar

Dr. Céline Boudreau-Larivière 

 

Dr. Louis Mercier

Dr. François Caron  

 

Dr. Thomas Merritt

Dr. Jeffrey Gagnon

 

Dr. Sabine Montaut

Dr. Eduard Guerra

 

Dr. Abdel Omri

Dr. James Watterson     

 

Dr. Amadeo Parissenti

Dr. Zhibin Ye    

 

Dr. Jeffrey Shepherd

 

 

Dr. Stefan Siemann

 

 

Dr. Gerardo Ulibarri

 

 

Dr. Guangdong Yang

 

 
Vasu Appanna

Vasu Appanna

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Gustavo Arteca

Gustavo Arteca

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Crestina Beites

Crestina Beites

Midwifery Education Program
Nelson Belzile

Nelson Belzile

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
François Caron

François Caron

School of the Environment
M'hamed Chahma

M'hamed Chahma

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Jeffrey Gagnon

Jeffrey Gagnon

Department of Biology
Eric Gauthier

Eric Gauthier

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Hélène Joly

Hélène Joly

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Architecture
Aseem Kumar

Aseem Kumar

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Louis Mercier

Louis Mercier

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Thomas Merritt

Thomas Merritt

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Sabine Montaut

Sabine Montaut

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Joy Munro

Joy Munro

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Abdelwahab Omri

Abdelwahab Omri

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Amadeo Parissenti

Amadeo Parissenti

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Jeffrey Shepherd

Jeffrey Shepherd

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Stefan Siemann

Stefan Siemann

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Gerardo Ulibarri

Gerardo Ulibarri

Chemistry and Biochemistry
James Watterson

James Watterson

Department of Forensic Science
Guangdong Yang

Guangdong Yang

Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry