Biology Major Program, Option in Quantitative Biology (73 credits)

 
*revised in Fall 2017


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General Information:

Coordinator of the QB Option: Dr. Jacalyn Vogel

Please view list of Faculty Members involved in the Quantitative Biology Initiative.

Program requirements:
Interdisciplinary research that draws from the natural and physical sciences is an important aspect of modern biology. The Quantitative Biology option is designed for students with a deep interest in biology who wish to gain a strong grounding in physical sciences and their application to biological questions. The Quantitative Biology option has two streams: an ecology and evolutionary biology stream, and a physical biology stream. Both streams provide a balance of theory and experimental components.

Advising notes for U0 students
It is highly recommended that freshman BIOL, CHEM, MATH, and PHYS courses be selected with the Program Advisor to ensure they meet the core requirements of the Quantitative Biology option.
(Program Advisor: Nancy Nelson, nancy.nelson@mcgill.ca; or Coordinator of the QB Option: Dr. Jackie Vogel, jackie.vogel@mcgill.ca)

This program is recommended for U1 students achieving a CGPA of 3.20 or better; and entering CEGEP students with a Math/Science R-score of 28.0 or better.

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REQUIRED COURSES (43 credits)

Bio-Physical Sciences Core (31 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 219
4
Physical Biology of the Cell
BIOL 301
4
Cell and Molecular Laboratory
BIOL 395
1
Quantitative Biology Seminar
CHEM 212*
4
Introductory Organic Chemistry 1
COMP 202**
3
Foundations of Programming
MATH 222*
3
Calculus 3
MATH 223
3
Linear Algebra
MATH 315
3
Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 323
3
Probability
MATH 324
3
Statistics


*Students who have taken the equivalent of CHEM 212 or MATH 222 can make up the credits with complementary 3 or 4 credit courses in consultation with a stream advisor.
** Students who have sufficient knowledge of programming should take COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science rather than COMP 202

Biology (6 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 202
3
Basic Genetics
BIOL 215
3
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution

Physics (6 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
PHYS 230
3
Dynamics of Simple Systems
PHYS 232
3
Heat and Waves


Course Requirements for Quantitative Biology Streams (21 credits)
21 credits from one of the following two streams:

Stream 1: Theoretical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (21 credits)

Biology (12 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 205
3
Biology of Organisms
BIOL 206 
3
Methods in Biology of Organisms
BIOL 304
3
Evolution
BIOL 308
3
Ecological Dynamics

Field Courses - 3 credits from the following list or any other field course with permission:

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 240
3
Monteregian Flora
BIOL 331
3
Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
BIOL 334D1/D2
3
Applied Tropical Ecology
BIOL 432
3
Limnology

6 credits chosen from the following list at the 400-level or above:

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 432
3
Limnology
BIOL 434
3
Theoretical Ecology
BIOL 435
3
Natural Selection
BIOL 465
3
Conservation Biology
BIOL 509
3
Methods in Molecular Ecology
BIOL 510
3
Advances in Community Ecology
BIOL 515
3
Advances in Aquatic Ecology
BIOL 540
3
Ecology of Species Invasions
BIOL 594
3
Advanced Evolutionary Ecology
BIOL 596*
1
Advanced Experimental Design
BIOL 597*
2
Advanced Biostatistics
BIOL 598*
3
Advanced Design and Statistics

*Students choose either both BIOL 596 and BIOL 597, or BIOL 598

Stream 2: Physical Biology (21 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 319
3
Introduction to Biophysics
PHYS 329
3
Statistical Physics with Biophysical Application
PHYS 446
3
Majors Quantum Physics

300-level complementary courses: 6 credits from the following:

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 300
3
Molecular Biology of the Gene
BIOL 303
3
Developmental Biology
BIOL 306
3
Neural Basis of Behaviour
BIOL 309
3
Mathematical Models in Biology
BIOL 313
3
Eukaryotic Cell Biology

500-level complementary courses: 6 credits from the following:

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 518
3
Advanced Topics in Cell Biology
BIOL 520
3
Gene Activity in Development
BIOL 524
3
Topics in Molecular Biology
BIOL 530
3
Advances in Neuroethology
BIOL 551
3
Principles of Cellular Control
BIOL 588
3
Advances in Molecular/Cellular Neurobiology

Complementary Courses (9 credits)
Quantitative Biology - Theoretical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Physical Biology streams
9 credits from the following:

Recommendations for either the Theoretical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology or Physical Biology streams.

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 466
3
Independent Research Project 1
COMP 206
3
Introduction to Software Systems
COMP 250
3
Introduction to Computer Science
COMP 251
3
Algorithms and Data Structures
COMP 350*
3
Numerical Computing
COMP 364
3
Computer Tools for Life Sciences
MATH 235**
3
Algebra 1
MATH 240**
3
Discrete Structures 1
MATH 314
3
Advanced Calculus
MATH 317*
3
Numerical Analysis
MATH 319
3
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
MATH 326
3
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
MATH 327
3
Matrix Numerical Analysis
MATH 348
3
Topics in Geometry
MATH 437
3
Mathematical Methods in Biology
MATH 447
3
Introduction to Stochastic Processes

*Students may take COMP 350 or MATH 317
**MATH 235 or MATH 240 is required as a pre-req for COMP 251

Recommendations for the Physical Biology Stream

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIEN 310
3
Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
BIEN 320
3
Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
BIEN 340
3
Transport Processes in Biological Systems
BIEN 510
3
Nanoparticles in the Medical Sciences
BIEN 530
3
Imaging and Bioanalytical Instrumentation
CHEM 222
4
Introductory Organic Chemistry 2
PHYS 242*
2
Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 257
3
Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 342
3
Majors Electromagnetic Waves
PHYS 434
3
Optics
PHYS 519
3
Advanced Biophysics
PHYS 534
3
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

*Phys 242 is required for PHYS 342 and PHYS 434

Recommendations for Theoretical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology stream

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 310
3
Biodiversity and Ecosystems
BIOL 324
3
Ecological Genetics
MATH 242
3
Analysis 1
MATH 340
3
Discrete Structures 2
MATH 423
3
Regression and Analysis of Variance
MATH 524
4
Nonparametric Statistics
MATH 525
4
Sampling Theory and Applications
PHYS 329
3
Statistical Physics with Biophysical Application


Option coordinator: Jackie Vogel (Biology)
Stream advisors: Axel Hundemer (Mathematics), Paul Francois (Physics),
Derek Ruths, Jerome Waldisopuhl (Computer Science)

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