Major Computer Science and Biology (73 credits)

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Offered by: Computer Science     Degree: Bachelor of Science

Program Requirements

This program will train students in the fundamentals of biology and will give them computational and mathematical skills needed to manage, analyze, and model large biological datasets. Two integrative features of the program are a three-credit joint independent studies course(COMP 401), and a one-credit seminar (COMP 499).

Students may complete this program with a maximum of 73 credits or a minimum of 69 credits. This depends upon the student's choice of required courses and whether or not the student is exempt from taking COMP 202.

Program prerequisites: To ensure they meet the core requirements of the program it is highly recommended that the following courses be selected by U0 students: BIOL 111-112, CHEM 110-120, MATH 133, MATH 140-141 or MATH 150-151, PHYS 101-102 or PHYS 131-142. Note that MATH 150-151 provides equivalence for required course MATH 222. It is also advisable to take COMP 202 during U0 if possible.

Required Courses (52 credits)

48-52 credits:

Required Mathematics and Statistics Courses

12 credits from the following:

  • MATH 222 Calculus 3 (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Taylor series, Taylor's theorem in one and several variables. Review of vector geometry. Partial differentiation, directional derivative. Extreme of functions of 2 or 3 variables. Parametric curves and arc length. Polar and spherical coordinates. Multiple integrals.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Summer 2017

    Instructors: Stephen W Drury, Thomas F Fox (Fall) Alexander Garver (Winter) Geoffrey McGregor (Summer)

  • MATH 223 Linear Algebra (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Review of matrix algebra, determinants and systems of linear equations. Vector spaces, linear operators and their matrix representations, orthogonality. Eigenvalues and eigenvectors, diagonalization of Hermitian matrices. Applications.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Bogdan Lucian Nica (Fall) Michael Pichot (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter

    • Prerequisite: MATH 133 or equivalent

    • Restriction: Not open to students in Mathematics programs nor to students who have taken or are taking MATH 236, MATH 247 or MATH 251. It is open to students in Faculty Programs

  • MATH 323 Probability (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Sample space, events, conditional probability, independence of events, Bayes' Theorem. Basic combinatorial probability, random variables, discrete and continuous univariate and multivariate distributions. Independence of random variables. Inequalities, weak law of large numbers, central limit theorem.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Summer 2017

    Instructors: Masoud Asgharian-Dastenaei (Fall) Sanchayan Sen (Winter) Djivede Kelome (Summer)

    • Prerequisites: MATH 141 or equivalent.

    • Restriction: Intended for students in Science, Engineering and related disciplines, who have had differential and integral calculus

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 356

  • MATH 324 Statistics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Sampling distributions, point and interval estimation, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance, contingency tables, nonparametric inference, regression, Bayesian inference.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Marie-Pier Côté (Fall) Masoud Asgharian-Dastenaei (Winter)

    • Fall and Winter

    • Prerequisite: MATH 323 or equivalent

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 357

    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.

* Students with CEGEP-level credit for the equivalents of MATH 222 and/or CHEM 212 (see http://www.mcgill.ca/students/courses/plan/transfer/for accepted equivalents) may not take these courses at McGill and should replace them with elective courses to satisfy the total credit requirement for their degree.

Required Computer Science Courses

12-16 credits from:

  • COMP 202 Foundations of Programming (3 credits) **

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to computer programming in a high level language: variables, expressions, primitive types, methods, conditionals, loops. Introduction to algorithms, data structures (arrays, strings), modular software design, libraries, file input/output, debugging, exception handling. Selected topics.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Summer 2017

    Instructors: Kaleem Siddiqi, Melanie Lyman-Abramovitch, Daniel Pomerantz (Fall) Melanie Lyman-Abramovitch, Bentley Oakes, Giulia Alberini (Winter) David Becerra Romero (Summer)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: a CEGEP level mathematics course

    • Restrictions: COMP 202 and COMP 208 cannot both be taken for credit. COMP 202 is intended as a general introductory course, while COMP 208 is intended for students interested in scientific computation. COMP 202 cannot be taken for credit with or after COMP 250

  • COMP 206 Introduction to Software Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Comprehensive overview of programming in C, use of system calls and libraries, debugging and testing of code; use of developmental tools like make, version control systems.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: David Meger (Fall) Joseph P Vybihal (Winter)

  • COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Mathematical tools (binary numbers, induction, recurrence relations, asymptotic complexity, establishing correctness of programs), Data structures (arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, trees, binary trees, binary search trees, heaps, hash tables), Recursive and non-recursive algorithms (searching and sorting, tree and graph traversal). Abstract data types, inheritance. Selected topics.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Michael Langer (Fall) Mathieu Blanchette (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: Familiarity with a high level programming language and CEGEP level Math.

    • Students with limited programming experience should take COMP 202 or equivalent before COMP 250. See COMP 202 Course Description for a list of topics.

  • COMP 251 Algorithms and Data Structures (3 credits) ***

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to algorithm design and analysis. Graph algorithms, greedy algorithms, data structures, dynamic programming, maximum flows.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Claude Crepeau (Fall) Jérôme Waldispuhl (Winter)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisite: COMP 250

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking COMP 252.

  • COMP 462 Computational Biology Methods (3 credits) +

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Application of computer science techniques to problems arising in biology and medicine, techniques for modeling evolution, aligning molecular sequences, predicting structure of a molecule and other problems from computational biology.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Mathieu Blanchette (Fall)

  • COMP 561 Computational Biology Methods and Research (4 credits) +

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Application of computer science techniques to problems arising in biology and medicine, techniques for modeling evolution, aligning molecular sequences, predicting structure of a molecule and other problems from computational biology. An in-depth exploration of key research areas.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Mathieu Blanchette (Fall)

    • 4 hours

    • Prerequisites: COMP 251, and MATH 323 or MATH 203 or BIOL 309

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken COMP 562. Not open to students who are taking or have taken COMP 462.

    • Note: Additional work will consist of assignments and of a substantial final project that will require to put in practice the concepts covered in the course.

** Students who have sufficient knowledge in a programming language are not required to take COMP 202.
*** Students are advised to take MATH 240 before COMP 251 (MATH 240 is in the list of Complementaries below).
+ Students take either COMP 462 or COMP 561.

Required Biology and/or Chemistry Courses

20 credits from:

  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The physical and chemical properties of the cell and its components in relation to their structure and function. Topics include: protein structure, enzymes and enzyme kinetics; nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation; the genetic code, mutation, recombination, and regulation of gene expression.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Monique Zetka, Kenneth E M Hastings, Richard D W Roy, Paul Lasko, Rodrigo Reyes Lamothe (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or equivalent

    • Corequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent

  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course introduces the student to our modern understanding of cells and how they work. Major topics to be covered include: photosynthesis, energy metabolism and metabolic integration; plasma membrane including secretion, endocytosis and contact mediated interactions between cells; cytoskeleton including cell and organelle movement; the nervous system; hormone signaling; the cell cycle.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Gary Brouhard (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ANAT 212 or BIOC 212

  • BIOL 202 Basic Genetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Introduction to basic principles, and to modern advances, problems and applications in the genetics of higher and lower organisms with examples representative of the biological sciences.

    Terms: Winter 2017, Summer 2017

    Instructors: Nam Sung Moon, Laura Nilson, Daniel J Schoen (Winter) David Dankort, David Hipfner (Summer)

    • Winter, Summer

    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking LSCI 204.

  • BIOL 215 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to the fundamental processes of ecology and evolution that bear on the nature and diversity of organisms and the processes that govern their assembly into ecological communities and their roles in ecosystem function.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Catherine Potvin, Ehab Abouheif (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lecture

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 111

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENVR 202

  • BIOL 301 Cell and Molecular Laboratory (4 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to laboratory techniques with a focus on methods used to investigate fundamental questions in modern cell and molecular biology. Techniques including gene cloning, DNA and protein isolation and manipulation are covered, along with functional analysis of genes and proteins, basic bioinformatics, and computer-based experimental design and data analysis.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Huanquan Zheng, Paul Harrison, Rodrigo Reyes Lamothe (Fall) Huanquan Zheng, Paul Harrison, Rodrigo Reyes Lamothe (Winter)

    • Fall or Winter

    • 1 hour lecture and one 6-hour laboratory

    • Prerequisites: PHYS 102 or PHYS 142, BIOL 200, BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212, and BIOL 202. BIOL 206 recommended.

    • Restrictions: Not open to students who have taken or are taking BIOC 300. Requires departmental approval.

    • For approval email anne-marie.sdicu [at] mcgill.ca. Specify your ID number as well as the term and two lab day preferences.

  • CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits) *

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A survey of reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds including modern concepts of bonding, mechanisms, conformational analysis, and stereochemistry.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Summer 2017

    Instructors: Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Mitchell Huot, Hanadi Sleiman, Laura Pavelka (Fall) Jean-Philip Lumb, Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Winter) Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust (Summer)

Required Joint Courses

4 credits from:

  • COMP 401 Project in Biology and Computer Science (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : A research project applying computational approaches to a biological problem. The project is (co)-supervised by a professor in Computer Science and/or Biology. A program advisor from each department has to approve the project.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017, Summer 2017

    Instructors: Mathieu Blanchette (Fall) Mathieu Blanchette (Winter) Mathieu Blanchette (Summer)

    • 3 hours

    • Prerequisites: COMP 251 and 9 credits of BIOL courses, BIOL 301 recommended.

    • Restriction: Registration in the Biology and Computer Science joint major.

    • Note: having taken BIOL 301 before COMP 401 is beneficial for finding a project within a Biology lab.

  • COMP 499 Undergraduate Bioinformatics Seminar (1 credit)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Introduction to current research topics in bioinformatics through a series of seminars by invited researchers.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Mathieu Blanchette (Fall) Mathieu Blanchette (Winter)

    • 1 hour

    • Prerequisites: COMP 251 and 9 credits of BIOL courses, BIOL 301 recommended

    • Restriction: Registration in the Computer Science and Biology joint major

Complementary Courses (21 credits)

At least 21 credits selected from the following blocks, with the following requirements:

- at least 9 credits from each of the following two blocks
- at least 9 credits at the 400 level or above
- at least 3 credits at the 400 level or above from each block

Computer Science Block

Note: All COMP courses at the 400 level or above (except COMP 400, 401, 499, 462, and 561).

  • COMP 273 Introduction to Computer Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Number representations, combinational and sequential digital circuits, MIPS instructions and architecture datapath and control, caches, virtual memory, interrupts and exceptions, pipelining.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Paul Kry (Fall) Joseph P Vybihal (Winter)

  • COMP 302 Programming Languages and Paradigms (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Programming language design issues and programming paradigms. Binding and scoping, parameter passing, lambda abstraction, data abstraction, type checking. Functional and logic programming.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Clark Verbrugge (Fall) Prakash Panangaden (Winter)

  • COMP 303 Software Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Principles, mechanisms, techniques, and tools for object-oriented software design and its implementation, including encapsulation, design patterns, and unit testing.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Joseph P Vybihal (Fall) Martin Robillard (Winter)

  • COMP 307 Principles of Web Development (2 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : The course discusses the major principles, algorithms, languages and technologies that underlie web development. Students receive practical hands-on experience through a project.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Joseph P Vybihal (Fall)

  • COMP 310 Operating Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Control and scheduling of large information processing systems. Operating system software - resource allocation, dispatching, processors, access methods, job control languages, main storage management. Batch processing, multiprogramming, multiprocessing, time sharing.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Muthucumaru Maheswaran (Fall) Muthucumaru Maheswaran (Winter)

  • COMP 322 Introduction to C++ (1 credit)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Basics and advanced features of the C++ language. Syntax, memory management, class structure, method and operator overloading, multiple inheritance, access control, stream I/O, templates, exception handling.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Daniel Pomerantz (Winter)

  • COMP 330 Theory of Computation (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Finite automata, regular languages, context-free languages, push-down automata, models of computation, computability theory, undecidability, reduction techniques.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Hamed Hatami (Fall)

  • COMP 350 Numerical Computing (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Computer representation of numbers, IEEE Standard for Floating Point Representation, computer arithmetic and rounding errors. Numerical stability. Matrix computations and software systems. Polynomial interpolation. Least-squares approximation. Iterative methods for solving a nonlinear equation. Discretization methods for integration and differential equations.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Xiao-Wen Chang (Fall)

  • COMP 360 Algorithm Design (3 credits)

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Advanced algorithm design and analysis. Linear programming, complexity and NP-completeness, advanced algorithmic techniques.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Yang Cai (Fall) Yang Cai (Winter)

  • COMP 361D1 Software Engineering Project (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : Software development process in practice: requirement elicitation and analysis, software design, implementation, integration, test planning, and maintenance. Application of the core concepts and techniques through the realization of a large software system.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Jorg Andreas Kienzle (Fall)

  • COMP 361D2 Software Engineering Project (3 credits) *

    Offered by: Computer Science (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Computer Science (Sci) : See COMP 361D1 for course description.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Jorg Andreas Kienzle (Winter)

    • Prerequisite: COMP 361D1

    • No credit will be given for this course unless both COMP 361D1 and COMP 361D2 are successfully completed in consecutive terms

  • MATH 240 Discrete Structures 1 (3 credits)

    Offered by: Mathematics and Statistics (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Mathematics & Statistics (Sci) : Mathematical foundations of logical thinking and reasoning. Mathematical language and proof techniques. Quantifiers. Induction. Elementary number theory. Modular arithmetic. Recurrence relations and asymptotics. Combinatorial enumeration. Functions and relations. Partially ordered sets and lattices. Introduction to graphs, digraphs and rooted trees.

    Terms: Fall 2016, Winter 2017

    Instructors: Frederick Shepherd (Winter)

    • Fall

    • Corequisite: MATH 133.

    • Restriction: For students in any Computer Science program. Others only with the instructor's permission. Not open to students who have taken or are taking MATH 235.

* Students must take both COMP 361D1 and COMP 361D2.

Biology Block

  • BIOL 300 Molecular Biology of the Gene (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : A survey of current knowledge and approaches in the area of regulation of gene expression, post-transcriptional control of gene expression, and signal transduction.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Frieder Schöck, Nam Sung Moon (Fall)

  • BIOL 303 Developmental Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : A consideration of the fundamental processes and principles operating during embryogenesis. Experimental analyses at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels will be presented and discussed to provide an overall appreciation of developmental phenomena.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Shelton Hendricks, Yong Rao, Daniel Dufort (Winter)

  • BIOL 304 Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course will show how the theory of evolution by natural selection provides the basis for understanding the whole of biology. The first half of the course describes the process of selection, while the second deals with evolution in the long term.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Ehab Abouheif, Hans Carl Larsson, Andrew Hendry (Fall)

  • BIOL 306 Neural Basis of Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Neural mechanisms of animal behaviour; neuroethology; cellular neurophysiology, integrative networks within nervous systems; neural control of movement; processing of sensory information.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Alanna Watt, Jon Sakata (Fall)

  • BIOL 308 Ecological Dynamics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Principles of population, community, and ecosystem dynamics: population growth and regulation, species interactions, dynamics of competitive interactions and of predator/prey systems; evolutionary dynamics.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Frederic Guichard (Fall)

  • BIOL 309 Mathematical Models in Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Application of finite difference and differential equations to problems in cell and developmental biology, ecology and physiology. Qualitative, quantitative and graphical techniques are used to analyze mathematical models and to compare theoretical predictions with experimental data.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Leon Glass (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 3 hours lecture

    • Prerequisite: one year of calculus. An additional course in calculus is recommended

  • BIOL 310 Biodiversity and Ecosystems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Ecological bases of the natural causes and consequences of current global environmental changes, including how biodiversity and ecosystem processes are defined and measured, how they vary in space and time, how they are affected by physical and biological factors, and how they affect each other and human societies.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Thomas Davies (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours lecture

    • one-day field trip to Mont St-Hilaire

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 215; or ENVR 200 and ENVR 202; MATH 112 or equivalent; or permission of the instructor

  • BIOL 313 Eukaryotic Cell Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Cell biology of eukaryotes focusing on the assembly and function of cellular structures, the regulation of transcription; the dynamics of the cytoskeleton and its motors; mechanics of cell division; cell cycle and checkpoints; nuclear dynamics; chromosome structure and behaviour and experimental techniques.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Monique Zetka, Stephanie Weber (Winter)

  • BIOL 314 Molecular Biology of Oncogenes (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The genes that cause cancer are altered versions of genes present in normal cells. The origins of these oncogenes, their genetic structure, regulation, and the biochemical properties of the oncogene-encoded proteins will be analyzed in an attempt to understand the origins of human and animal cancers.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Loydie Majewska, Karen Elizabeth Christensen, Patricia N Tonin (Fall)

  • BIOL 316 Biomembranes and Organelles (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The course focuses on biomembranes and subcellular organelles and their implications for disease. The topics include: protein and lipid biochemistry, membrane structure and transport; intracellular compartmentalization, protein sorting and modification, intracellular membrane trafficking; energy transfer, organization and dynamics of chloroplasts and mitochondria; extracellular matrix and cell walls.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • BIOL 319 Introduction to Biophysics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Emerging physical approaches and quantitative measurement techniques are providing new insights into longstanding biological questions. This course will present underlying physical theory, quantitative measurement techniques, and significant findings in molecular and cellular biophysics. Principles covered include Brownian motion, low Reynolds-number environments, forces relevant to cells and molecules, chemical potentials, and free energies. These principles are applied to enzymes as molecular machines, membranes, DNA, and RNA.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Paul Wiseman (Winter)

    • Winter. Students with training in physics and biology will be well-suited to the course. .

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200; MATH 222; PHYS 230 and (PHYS 232 or PHYS 253), or permission of the instructor.

    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking PHYS 319

  • BIOL 320 Evolution of Brain and Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Functional and comparative approach to neuroanatomy, examining how species changes in brain organization contribute to evolutionary changes in behaviour.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Sarah Woolley, Jon Sakata (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 2 hours of lecture and 1 hour of conference (mandatory)

    • Prerequisite: NSCI 201 or BIOL 306

  • BIOL 370 Human Genetics Applied (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : A contemporary view of genetic research as applied to human health and well-being.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Roberta M Palmour, Tomi Markku Pastinen, John James Mitchell (Fall)

  • BIOL 389 Laboratory in Neurobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Methods of neurobiological research, including extracellular and intracellular recordings, electrical stimulation, and the study of neuro-behavioural problems.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Alanna Watt, Shelton Hendricks, Tomoko Oyama (Winter)

  • BIOL 395 Quantitative Biology Seminar 1 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Overview of concepts and current research in quantitative biology; theoretical ecology and evolution, computational biology, and physical biology.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Frederic Guichard, Jacalyn Vogel (Fall)

    • Fall

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, CHEM 212, COMP 250, MATH 222, PHYS 230

    • Restriction: Registration restricted to U2 students in the Quantitative Biology program, joint Computer Science and Biology and joint Math and Biology programs.

  • BIOL 416 Genetics of Mammalian Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course aims to examine problems, theories, and experimental evidence on several concepts of mammalian developmental processes at molecular to organogenesis levels. Most topics are in the mouse model system, where various techniques for genetic manipulation are available.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Teruko Taketo-Hosotani, Daniel Dufort (Winter)

  • BIOL 434 Theoretical Ecology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Study of theoretical ecology and of mathematical tools available to explore the dynamical behaviour of model populations, communities and ecosystems. Models addressing major ecological theories including population stability, community dynamics and ecosystem functioning, epidemic and disturbance dynamics, spatial models, game theory.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    • Winter

    • 3 hours lecture

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 308 or BIOL 309 or permission of instructor.

  • BIOL 435 Natural Selection (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Explains how the selection of undirected variation accounts for some of the leading features of the natural world. Its main focus is evolutionary change and adaptation, but it will also include material from ecological, economic, biochemical and computer systems. It emphasizes experimental studies of evolution.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    • Fall

    • 3 hours of lecture

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 304 or permission of instructor.

  • BIOL 495 Quantitative Biology Seminar 2 (1 credit)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Overview of concepts and current research in quantitative biology; theoretical ecology and evolution, computational biology, and physical biology.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Frederic Guichard, Jacalyn Vogel (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 1 hour seminar

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 395

    • Restriction: Registration is restricted to U3 students in the Quantitative Biology program, joint COMP-BIOL, BIOL-MATH, PHGY-MATH and PHGY-PHYS programs.

  • BIOL 509 Methods in Molecular Ecology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An overview of the molecular genetic tools used to investigate ecological and evolutionary processes in natural populations. The use of molecular tools in studies of population structure, parentage, kinship, species boundaries, phylogenetics. Special topics include conservation genetics, population genetics, and ecological genomics.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    • Restriction (s): BIOL 301, BIOL 304 and BIOL 308 or permission of instructor.

    • Intended for both upper level undergraduates with knowledge of ecology, evolution, and genetics.

    • Intended for graduate students interested in applying molecular tools in ecology, evolution, and environmental sciences.

  • BIOL 514 Neurobiology Learning and Memory (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Properties of nerve cells that are responsible for learning and memory. Recent advances in the understanding of neurophysiological, biochemical and structural processes relevant to neural plasticity. Emphasis on a few selected model systems involving both vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Karim Nader (Fall)

  • BIOL 518 Advanced Topics in Cell Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Concepts and mechanisms in advanced cell biology, based on genetic, cell biological, biophysical, and computational studies. Emphasis is placed on processes that are evolutionarily conserved, with examples from model organisms and cell-free (in vitro) approaches.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Paul Harrison, Rodrigo Reyes Lamothe (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours seminar

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 313 or permission

  • BIOL 520 Gene Activity in Development (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An analysis of the role and regulation of gene expression in several models of eukaryotic development. The emphasis will be on critical evaluation of recent literature concerned with molecular or genetic approaches to the problems of cellular differentiation and determination. Recent research reports will be discussed in conferences and analyzed in written critiques.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Richard D W Roy (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours lecture and discussion

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 300 and BIOL 303 or permission

  • BIOL 524 Topics in Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Molecular genetics and molecular, cellular and developmental biology, including signal transduction, cell differentiation and function, genetic diseases in eukaryotes.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Hugh Clarke, David Dankort (Fall)

  • BIOL 530 Advances in Neuroethology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Neural mechanisms underlying behaviour in vertebrate and invertebrate organisms.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Sarah Woolley (Winter)

  • BIOL 532 Developmental Neurobiology Seminar (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Discussions of all aspects of nervous system development including pattern formation, cell lineage, pathfinding and targeting by growing axons, and neural regeneration. The basis for these discussions will be recent research papers and other assigned readings.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Donald Van Meyel, Artur Kania, Alyson Elise Fournier (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 1 hour lecture, 2 hours seminar

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 306 or permission of instructor

  • BIOL 546 Genetics of Model Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Topics in the genetics and molecular genetics of unicellular, plant, invertebrate and vertebrate models systems.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2016-2017 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2016-2017 academic year.

  • BIOL 551 Principles of Cellular Control (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Fundamental principles of cellular control, with cell cycle control as a major theme. Biological and physical concepts are brought to bear on control in healthy cells..

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Jacalyn Vogel, Paul Francois (Winter)

  • BIOL 568 Topics on the Human Genome (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Cellular and molecular approaches to characterization of the human genome.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Rima Slim, Alexandre Montpetit, Bruce Gottlieb (Winter)

  • BIOL 569 Developmental Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The influence of developmental mechanisms on evolution. This course draws on recent examples from plants and invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Topics include homology, modularity, dissociation, co-option, evolutionary novelty, evolution of cis-regulation and gene regulatory networks, developmental constraint and evolvability, heterochrony, phenotypic plasticity, and canalization.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Hans Carl Larsson, Ehab Abouheif (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours lecture

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 303 and BIOL 304; or permission of instructor.

  • BIOL 575 Human Biochemical Genetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Topics on the study of human systems that have led to advances in basic biology.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Nancy Braverman, Jacques Jean Genest, Miltiadis Paliouras (Winter)

    • Winter

    • 3 hours lecture

    • Prerequisites: BIOL 202 and BIOL 300; or permission of the instructor

  • BIOL 580 Genetic Approaches to Neural Systems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course will focus on recent research employing genetic-based methods to examine the functional and structural properties of the nervous system. The focus will be on approaches for studying neural circuits and behavior in a range of model organisms. Topics will include recent technological advances, such as optogenetics for modifying and controlling neuronal activity, and animal models of neurological diseases. Students will critically analyze the application of these methods to current research through in-class discussion of primary literature, student presentations, and written assignments.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Shelton Hendricks, Alanna Watt (Fall)

    • Prerequisite(s): BIOL 306 or permission of the instructors.

  • BIOL 588 Advances in Molecular/Cellular Neurobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Discussion of fundamental molecular mechanisms underlying the general features of cellular neurobiology. An advanced course based on lectures and on a critical review of primary research papers.

    Terms: Fall 2016

    Instructors: Kenneth E M Hastings, Salvatore T Carbonetto (Fall)

    • Fall

    • 1.5 hours lecture, 1.5 hours seminar

    • Prerequisite: BIOL 300 and BIOL 306 or permission

  • NEUR 310 Cellular Neurobiology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Neurology and Neurosurgery (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Neurology and Neurosurgery : A survey of the functional organization of nerve cells, signalling in the nervous system, and principles of neural development. Topics include cell polarity, neurotransmitters, neurotrophins, receptors and second messengers, cell lineage, guidance of axon outgrowth, and nerve regeneration. Emphasis will be placed on analysis of neurons at the molecular level.

    Terms: Winter 2017

    Instructors: Jean-Francois Cloutier, David S Ragsdale, Timothy E Kennedy (Winter)

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