Courses Overview

The specialization in Biomedical Sciences in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program will provide students with the option of concentrating their studies in biomedical research.

2017/2018 Undergraduate Calendar Degree Requirements (subject to change)

Refer to your Advisement Report in mosaic for your personal degree requirements.

Level II: 30 Units

An introduction to organic chemistry with emphasis on the reactions of functional groups and an introduction to spectroscopic techniques for structure determination.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours) every other week; one tutorial (two hours) every other week; one term

Prerequisite(s): ISCI 1A24 A/B; or CHEM 1A03 (or 1E03), 1AA3 and registration in an Honours program; or CHEM 1A03 (or 1E03), and 1AA3 with a grade of at least C-; or CHEM 1A03 (or 1E03), 1AA3 and permission of the Department (See Department Note 2 above.)

Registration priority will be given to students for whom this course is a program requirement.

Antirequisite(s): CHEM 2E03, 2OC3, CHEMBIO 2OA3
Students with credit in CHEM 2E03 will forfeit credit upon completion of this course.

Students who complete CHEM 2OA3 and subsequently complete  CHEM 2E03 will forfeit credit in CHEM 2OA3.

Not open to students registered in Honours Chemical Biology.

Nucleophilic substitutions at carbonyl centres, aromatic chemistry, carbohydrates, applications of spectroscopic techniques in organic chemistry.
Three lectures, one lab (three hours) every other week; one tutorial (one hour) every other week; one term

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1A03 (or 1E03), 1AA3 or ISCI 1A24 A/B; and one of CHEM 2OA3, 2OC3, CHEMBIO 2OA3

Registration priority will be given to students for whom this course is a program requirement.

Antirequisite(s): CHEM 2OD3, CHEMBIO 2OB3
Not open to students registered in Honours Chemical Biology.

Basic statistical methods and their application to the analysis of biological and psychosocial data. Manual calculations will be discouraged; use of the computer to do statistical analysis is an explicit goal of this course.
Three lectures, one tutorial; one term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc (Honours) Specializations; or Grade 12 Advanced Functions U or Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management U and registration in Level II

Antirequisite(s): COMMERCE 2QA3, HTH SCI 1F03, NURSING 2R03, STATS 1CC3, STATS 2B03

This course will use an inquiry based format to introduce key concepts in biochemistry, molecular biology and biomedical sciences to understand illnesses such as infectious diseases, metabolic disorders, genetic diseases and cancer.
One term

Prerequisite(s): HTH SCI 1E03 and 1EE3; or HTHSCI 1E06 A/B

Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, 2N03

This course will introduce students to measures of health, standard epidemiologic study designs and measures of association. Students will also examine crucial issues in the design and analysis of epidemiologic studies. The course will conclude with specialized topics.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level II or above

An inquiry based examination of the relationship between cell structure and function. Students will be required to apply key concepts of cell biology to facilitate their understanding of timely problems in biomedicine.
Tutorials (three hours); Problem Based Learning and Computer Laboratories (three hours); one term

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1AA3, HTHSCI 1I06 A/B; and HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, HTHSCI 2E03 or registration in Level II of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations or registration in Level II or above of the Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering or Electrical and Biomedical Engineering

Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 2B03, ISCI 2A18 A/B, MOL BIOL 2B03

A brief introduction to proteins, enzymes and gene expression followed by a more detailed treatment of energy and intermediary metabolism with emphasis on physiological chemistry.
On-line, web modules; second term

Prerequisite(s): One of BIOPHYS 2S03, CHEM 2BA3, 2E03, 2OA3, 2OC3, HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, 2E03

Antirequisite(s): BIOCHEM 3D03, LIFE SCI 2EE3
Not open to students registered in an Honours Biochemistry or Honours Chemical Biology program.

*HTHSCI 2D06 A/B required for Level II transfer students

Level III: 30 Units

This course will cover health issues that are prevalent at certain times in the developmental cycle. Topics will include reproduction, global health, health of children and adolescents, adulthood, and health care issues in the elderly.
One term

Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2D06 A/B or HTHSCI 2E03 and registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program; or registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations

Students will learn quantitative research design and how to evaluate the internal validity of published research to determine the effectiveness of an intervention, diagnostic test, screening program, prognostic or risk factor and systemic review.
Two lectures, one tutorial; one term

Prerequisite(s): HTHSCI 2A03, HTHSCI 2G03

An opportunity to explore a specialized area of biomedical sciences in preparation for Level IV Thesis in Biomedical Sciences.
One term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III of the BHSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences Specialization.

Analytical review of fundamental experiments with a focus on experimental design, employing data sets to solve experimental problems with an emphasis on how to approach the problem. This course will serve as an accompaniment to BIOCHEM 4F09 A/B or HTHSCI 4R12 A/B senior thesis courses.
Two lectures, one tutorial (two hours); one term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level III of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Biomedical Sciences Specialization or permission of the instructor.

Chemical and conformational properties of proteins and relationships to their function including regulation of enzyme activity. Chemical and physical structure of DNA and RNA relevant to biological function.
Three lectures; first term

Prerequisite(s): One of CHEM 2BA3, 2OA3, 2OC3, 2E03, CHEMBIO 2OA3, HTHSCI 2D06 A/B, 2E03 or registration in Honours Biophysics (B.Sc.) or Honours Medical and Biological Physics (B.Sc.); completion of at least Grade 12 Biology is strongly recommended

Antirequisite(s): BIOCHEM 2B03, 2BB3
Not open to students registered in an Honours Biochemistry program or to students with credit or registration in ISCI 2A18 A/B.

Biomedical Sciences Course List: Levels III and IV Biochemistry, HTHSCI 3BA3, 3D03, 3FC3, 3I03, 3K03, 3SB3, 3U03, 3X03, 3Z03, 4BB3, 4G03, 4II3, 4J03, 4JJ3, 4K03, 4KK3, 4NU3, 4O03, MOLBIOL 4H03

Level IV: 30 Units

Examining the use of human, animal and cell model systems in research through investigation of primary research.
One lecture or workshop (three hours); one term

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Biomedical Sciences Specialization or permssion of the instructor

An important part of our responsibility in the program is to develop a learning community that incorporates the concepts of collaboration, peer tutoring and life-long learning. This course will consist of three units to be taken over four years and will encourage these activities, both formally and informally.

Prerequisite(s): Registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program or registration in Level IV of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) Specializations

Antirequisite(s): BIOLOGY 3Q03, 3QQ3, INQUIRY 3S03, SCIENCE 2L03, 3S03, SOC SCI 2L03

A thesis based on a major research project in biomedical sciences supervised by a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4R09 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in level III.
Two terms

Prerequisite(s): Registration in BHSc (Honours) Biomedical Sciences Specialization and permission of BHSc (Honours) Program.

Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4R12 A/B

A thesis based on a major research project in biomedical sciences supervised by a member of the Faculty. Arrangements to register in HTHSCI 4R12 A/B, including agreement of the supervisor, must be made before the end of March in level III.
Two terms
Prerequisite(s): Registration in Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) – Biomedical Sciences Specialization (B.H.Sc.) and permission of the B.H.Sc. (Honours) program
Antirequisite(s): HTHSCI 4R09 A/B

Biomedical Sciences Course List: Levels III and IV Biochemistry,

HTHSCI 3BA3, 3D03, 3FC3, 3I03, 3K03, 3SB3, 3U03, 3X03, 3Z03, 4BB3, 4G03, 4II3, 4J03, 4JJ3, 4K03, 4KK3, 4NU3,

4O03, MOLBIOL 4H03

*  9-12 Units from the noted courses