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Minor in Biotechnology (24 credits)

Biotechnology, the science of understanding, selecting and promoting useful organisms and specific gene products for commercial and therapeutic purposes, is the success story of this generation. It demands a broad comprehension of biology and engineering as well as detailed knowledge of at least one basic subject such as molecular genetics, protein chemistry, microbiology, or chemical engineering.

The Minor in Biotechnology is offered by the Faculties of Engineering and of Science and students combine the Minor with the regular departmental Major (or Honours) program.  The Minor emphasizes an area relevant to biotechnology which is complementary to the main program.

Students should identify their interest in the Biotechnology Minor to their departmental academic advisor and to the Program Supervisor of the Minor and at the time of registration for the U2 year, should declare their intent to embark on the Minor.  Before registering for the minor and with the agreement of the Academic Advisor, students must submit their course list to the Program Supervisor who will certify that the student's complete program conforms to the requirements for the Minor. Students should ensure that they will have fulfilled the prerequisite requirements for the courses selected. 

Additional information on the program may be obtained from:
Program Director: Prof. Elias Georges, Inst. of Parasitology, Macdonald Campus, (514) 398-8137, elias.georges@mcgill.ca.
Program Advisor: Nancy Nelson, Stewart Biology N7/9,
(514)-398-4109, nancy.nelson@mcgill.ca
Engineering students should consult the Student Centre, Frank Dawson Adams Room 22

General Regulations:

To obtain the Minor in Biotechnology, students must:

  • Satisfy the requirements both for the departmental program and for the Minor
  • Complete 24 credits, 18 of which must be exclusively for the Minor program
  • Obtain a grade of C or better in all courses presented for the Minor

Required courses (15 credits):

BIOL 200
Molecular Biology
BIOL 201
Cell Biology & Metabolism
or BIOC 212
Molecular Mechanisms of Cell Function
BIOL 202
Basic Genetics
BIOT 505
Selected Topics in Biotechnology
MIMM 211
Introductory Microbiology

Complementary courses (9 credits):

9 credits selected from courses outside the department of the student's main program. Students may select three courses from one of the lists below, or may choose three alternate courses with the advisor's approval. In the case of more than 6 credits of potentially overlapping courses, students add additional complementary courses to replace the credits.

Area of Concentration
Course Title
ANAT 541
Cell and Molecular Biology of Aging
EXMD 504
Biology of Cancer
PATH 300
Human Disease
Chemical Engineering
CHEE 200
Introduction to Chemical Engineering
CHEE 204
Chemical Manufacturing Processes
CHEE 474
Biochemical Engineering
CHEM 382
Organic Chemistry: Natural Products
CHEM 502
Advanced Bio-organic Chemistry
CHEM 552
Physical Organic Chemistry
ANAT 261
Introduction to Dynamic Histology
BIOC 503
MIMM 214
Introduction to Immunology:Elements of Immunity
MIMM 414
Advanced Immunology
PHGY 513
Cellular Immunology
ECON 208
Microeconomic Analysis and Applications
MGCR 211
Introduction to Financial Accounting
MGCR 341
Finance 1
MGCR 352
Marketing Management 1
MGCR 472
Operations Management
(these courses should be in addition to courses selected as credit towards a Management Minor)
MIMM 323
Microbial Physiology
MIMM 324
Fundamental Virology
MIMM 413
MIMM 465
Bacterial Pathogenesis
MIMM 466
Viral Pathogenesis
Molecular Biology
BIOL 300
Molecular Biology of the Gene
BIOL 314
Molecular Biology of Oncogenes
BIOL 520
Gene Activity in Development
BIOL 524
Topics in Molecular Biology
BIOL 551
Principles of Cellular Control
Molecular Biology
BIOC 311
Metabolic Biochemistry
BIOC 312
Biochemistry of Macromolecules
BIOC 450
Protein Structure and Function
BIOC 454
Nucleic Acids
BIOC 455
EXMD 401
Physiology and Biochemistry of Endocrine Systems
EXMD 502
Advanced Endocrinology, 01
EXMD 503
Advanced Endocrinology, 02
PHAR 562
General Pharmacology 1
PHAR 563
General Pharmacology 2
PHGY 517
Artificial Internal Organs
PHGY 518
Artificial Cells
CHEE 593
Industrial Water Pollution Control
CIVE 225
Environmental Engineering
CIVE 430
Water Treatment and Pollution Control
CIVE 553
Stream Pollution and Control