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Molecular Basis of Biology

Molecular Basis of Biology

The courses that make up this learning track focus on the fundamental processes of life and human disease at the molecular and cellular level. Courses contributing to this learning track include chemistry and biochemistry courses that will introduce you to the structure and function of the molecules of life. These will be followed by upper year courses designed to study emerging fields such as genomics and proteomics that deal with large-scale molecular and cellular data.

This track requires students to take a total of 7 courses.

Coordinator: Dr. Robert Campbell


In addition to the following core BHSc courses:

  • PHGY 170
  • BCHM 270
  • BCHM 370

Students must take four (4) (at least one must be a 400-level course) of:

BCHM 218, Molecular Biology is a foundational course to the study of molecular biology, focusing on the structural and functional properties and relationships of DNA, RNA and proteins, particularly the processes required to reliably pass genetic information from DNA to RNA to protein, and from one generation to the next.

BCHM 482, Proteomics and Metabolomics covers the basic principles of proteomics and metabolomics and their application in the new systems biology ‘omics’ approach to scientific discovery. This course will emphasize both the methodologies used in proteomics and metabolomics, as well as their applications in both research and medical diagnostic settings.

This course can be taken as an option course towards your Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, however is offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. 

These courses can be taken as an option course towards your Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, however they are offered by the Faculty of Arts and Science. 

PATH 381 Clinical Biochemistry covers advanced topics of biochemistry and analytical chemistry in relation to the practice of clinical biochemistry in healthcare. 

LISC390, Integrative Laboratory Studies is a two-week intensive multidisciplinary laboratory course conducted in-person on the Queen’s University campus in Kingston, Ontario. Students will learn a number of different laboratory techniques, developing skills in scientific methodology, data acquisition, and interpretation.

MICR 290, Antibiotic Resistance Lab : This immersive laboratory course is designed to give students the opportunity to develop basic research skills, learning about important microbiological and biochemical research techniques and applying them to the study of antibiotic resistance.

Students who began their studies in the BHSc program prior to September 2022 may choose to complete the requirements of the archived version of the Molecular Basis of Biology learning track: Archived April 2022