Biomolecular Structure Studies

This program is under review. Please note that no new students will be accepted into this program in 2014-15. Students already accepted as majors in this program will be allowed to complete the program. Please consult with the Department of Biochemistry, the Department of Chemistry, and/or the Undergraduate Student Office for more information.

Administrative Committee

The Department Heads of Biochemistry (B. Roesler), and Chemistry (D. Palmer) chair the committee in alternate years: Biochemistry in 2006-07 and Chemistry in 2007-08, etc. Other committee members are O. Dmitriev, S. Moore (Biochemistry), D. Sanders (Chemistry). For further information contact the Department of Biochemistry (College of Medicine) or the Department of Chemistry (College of Arts and Science).

Biomolecular Structure Studies, linked closely to Biochemistry and Chemistry, is a rapidly developing discipline that focuses on biological macromolecular structure and function. Experts in this field are able to identify and isolate the components of biological systems and directly investigate the structural basis of how these systems function at the molecular level.

Students in Biomolecular Structure Studies are provided with insight into how the structure and dynamic behaviour of biological macromolecules are critically and intimately linked to their biological function. Students learn to think critically about how macromolecules fold, and how structure and function are integrated in macromolecules such as proteins. Students will use state-of-the-art equipment such as X-ray crystallographic and NMR instruments.

A degree in Biomolecular Structure Studies prepares students to pursue studies in other areas such as synchrotron science, structural biology, proteomics, bioinformatics, drug design and synthesis, and biomolecule sensing and analysis.

Major Average

The major average in Biomolecular Structure Studies programs includes the grades earned in:

  • CHEM 112.3 and CHEM 115.3
  • All courses listed in the Major Requirement C6.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in Biomolecular Structure Studies, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • CHEM 112.3 and CHEM 115.3
  • Minimum requirements in Major Requirement C6.

See Residency for additional details.

Bachelor of Science Four-year (B.Sc. Four-year) - Biomolecular Structure Studies

Bachelor of Science Honours (B.Sc. Honours) - Biomolecular Structure Studies