Biology Concentration for Major Program

 

Molecular Biology & Development

The discoveries that have fuelled the ongoing biomedical and biotechnology revolution have been derived from the fusion of a number of fields of biological investigation, including molecular biology, genetics, cellular and developmental biology, and biochemistry.


A substantial amount of this research has been conducted upon model eukaryotic organisms, such as yeast, the fruit fly (Drosophila), the nematode (C. elegans), and the mustard weed (Arabidopsis). In the molecular genetics and development concentration, students will obtain a comprehensive understanding of how the study of these "model eukaryotes" has advanced our knowledge of the mechanisms responsible for cellular function and organismal development. Graduates from this concentration will be well prepared to pursue higher degrees in the fields of basic biology, biotechnology, and biomedicine or to assume a wide variety of positions in government, universities, and medical or industrial institutions.

KEY COURSES:
Credits
Department
Courses
Course Title
3
Biology
BIOL 300
Molecular Biology of the Gene
4
 
BIOL 301
Cell and Molecular Laboratory
3
 
BIOL 303
Developmental Biology
3
 
BIOL 373
Biometry
3
 
BIOL 569
Developmental Evolution
3
Chemistry
CHEM 203
Survey of Physical Chemistry
3
 
OR CHEM 204
Physical Chemistry/Biological Sciences 1
3
combined with
CHEM 214
Physical Chemistry/Biological Sciences 2
3
 
CHEM 212
Intrduction to Organic Chemistry 1
4
 
CHEM 222
Intrduction to Organic Chemistry 2
       
OTHER SUGGESTED COURSES:
3
Biology
BIOL 313 Eukaryotic Cell Biology
3
  BIOL 314 Molecular Biology of Oncogenes
3
  BIOL 316 Biomembranes and Organelles
3
  BIOL 370 Human Genetics Applied
3
  BIOL 416 Genetics of Mammalian Development
3
  BIOL 466 Independent Research Project 1
3
  OR BIOL 467 Independent Research Project 2
6
  BIOL 468D1/D2 Independent Research Project 3
9
  BIOL 469D1/D2 Independent Research Project 4
3
BIOL 518 Advanced Topics in Cell Biology
3
BIOL 520 Gene Activity in Development
3
  BIOL 524 Topics in Molecular Biology
3
  BIOL 544 Molecular Genetics of Life Span
3
  BIOL 546 Genetics of Model Systems

 


Animal Behaviour | Biological Diversity & Systematics | Conservation Biology
Evolutionary Biology | Human Genetics | Molecular Genetics & Development
Neurobiology | Ecology