The Minor Biology may be taken in conjunction with any primary program in the Faculty of Science (other than programs offered by the Department of Biology). Students are advised to consult the undergraduate adviser in Biology as early as possible (preferably during their first year), in order to plan their course selection.
See Nancy Nelson, Stewart Biology Building, 514-398-4109, email: nancy.nelson [at] mcgill.ca.
6 credits of overlap are allowed between the Minor and the primary program.
Required Courses (15 credits)
BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)
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 2018
Instructors: Monique Zetka, Kenneth E M Hastings, Rodrigo Reyes Lamothe, Paul Lasko, Shelton Hendricks (Fall)
BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)
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 2019
Instructors: Gary Brouhard (Winter)
BIOL 202 Basic Genetics (3 credits)
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 2019, Summer 2019
Instructors: Nam Sung Moon, Laura Nilson, Tamara Western (Winter) David Dankort, David Hipfner (Summer)
BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms (3 credits)
Biology (Sci) : Unified view of form and function in animals and plants. Focus on how the laws of chemistry and physics illuminate biological processes relating to the acquisition of energy and materials and their use in movement, growth, development, reproduction and responses to environmental stress.
Terms: Winter 2019
Instructors: Anna Hargreaves, Louis Lefebvre, Andrew Hendry, Rowan Barrett, Mélanie Guigueno, Olivia Wilkins (Winter)
BIOL 215 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (3 credits)
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 2018
Instructors: Neil Price, Gregor Fussmann, Ehab Abouheif (Fall)
Complementary Courses (10 credits)
Students complete a minimum of 9 or a maximum of 10 complementary course credits depending on their choice of complementary courses.
CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits) *
Chemistry : A survey of reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds including modern concepts of bonding, mechanisms, conformational analysis, and stereochemistry.
Terms: Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Summer 2019
Instructors: Laura Pavelka, Danielle Vlaho, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Fall) Jean-Philip Lumb, Danielle Vlaho, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier, Mitchell Huot (Winter) Pallavi Sirjoosingh, Danielle Vlaho, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Summer)
Fall, Winter, Summer
Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or equivalent.
Corequisite: CHEM 120 or equivalent.
Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken CHEM 211 or equivalent
Each lab section is limited enrolment
Note: Some CEGEP programs provide equivalency for this course. For more information, please see the Department of Chemistry's Web page (http://www.chemistry.mcgill.ca/advising/outside/equivalent.htm).
Plus an additional two courses from the Biology department's course offerings, at the 300 level or above.
* Students who have already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent will choose another appropriate course, to be approved by the Biology Adviser.