This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2015 to April 2016.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2015-2016, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


BMSC 200.3 — 1/2(3L)

An introduction to the structures, general properties, and functions of simple and complex biomolecules: amino acids, peptides, proteins, enzymes, carbohydrates, lipids and nucleic acids as well as membranes and solute transport.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112; Biology 30.
Note: Students with credit for BIOC 200 will not receive credit for BMSC 200.

BMSC 210.3 — 1/2(3L)

An introduction to the structure, physiology, genetics and pathogenicity of microorganisms. Topics include the structure and composition of bacteria and viruses, bacterial growth, genetics, and regulation, the role of microorganisms in disease, and an introduction to the immune system.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): BMSC 200
Note: Students with credit for MCIM 214 or FAMS 212 will not receive credit for BMSC 210.

BMSC 220.3 — 1(3L)
Cell Biology

An introduction to the biology of eukaryotic cells. Topics include organization of eukaryotic chromosomes; the flow of genetic information from nucleus to cytoplasm; cellular membranes and organelles; control of cell division; and signaling between cells. Contrasts between eukaryotic cells and prokaryotic microbial cells will be discussed, as well as distinctions between plant and animal cells.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): BMSC 200.
Note: Students with credit for ACB 200 will not receive credit for BMSC 220.

BMSC 224.3 — 1/2(3L-3P)
Animal Body Systems

Studies the problems all animals have to overcome in order to survive and reproduce, and the different body systems that must deal with both unique and common environmental challenges.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120.
Note: Students with credit for BIOL 203 or BIOL 217 or BMSC 224 or HSC 208 will not receive credit for BMSC 224. Students with credit for PHSI 208 may not subsequently receive credit for BMSC 224. Students may receive credit for both of BMSC 224 and PHSI 208 only if BMSC 224 is completed first. BMSC 224 and PHSI 208 may not be taken concurrently.

BMSC 230.3 — 1/2(3L)

An introduction to the thermodynamic aspects of energy metabolism and the principles of anabolic and catabolic metabolic pathways. Emphasis will be placed on the overall purpose of the major pathways, the precursor molecules leading into these pathways, the important pathway products and the basic types of control that regulate metabolic flux. Examples in prokaryotic systems will be provided where possible.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 120; BMSC 200.
Note: Students with credit for BIOC 211 will not receive credit for BMSC 230.

BMSC 240.3 — 1/2(3L-4P)
Laboratory Techniques

Provides an introduction to the theory and application of basic techniques in biochemistry, cell biology and microbiology which will serve as a foundation for upper year specialization courses.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 112.
Prerequisite(s) or Corequisite(s): BMSC 200.
Note: Students with credit for BIOC 212 cannot take this course for credit.