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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; 5 Required and 2 Additional

Track Coordinator: Dr. Robert Campbell

Required Courses

All of these courses must be taken for this track to be completed

PHGY 170 Human Cell Physiology is an introductory level course on the structure and function of human cells for students interested in pursuing human health-related disciplines.

Prerequisites: None

Instructors: Dr. Christopher Ward, Dr. Cynthia Pruss

BCHM 270 Biochemical Basis of Health and Disease introduces general biochemical concepts that will help you to understand the biological and chemical principles underlying human physiology, health and disease.

Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing , 4U Biology recommended, and (PHGY 170/3.0) or (BIOL 102/3.0), or permission of the instructor.

Instructors: Dr. Laura van Staalduinen, Dr. Cynthia Pruss

BMED 370, Genetics and Genomics is an interdisciplinary course that will provide an introduction to the field of applied genomics for identifying genes underlying multifactorial traits, diseases and drug treatment outcomes.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and BCHM 218/3.0, or BCHM 270/3.0 or permission of the instructor

Instructors: Dr. Qingling Duan

BCHM 482, Proteomics and Metabolomics builds upon concepts presented in third year courses (e.g. BCHM 315/3.0, BCHM 316/3.0, BCHM 310/9.0) by covering 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.

Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and BCHM 218/3.0, BCHM 270/3.0 and BMED 370/3.0 or permission from the instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Robert Campbell

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.

Prerequisites: Minimum 2nd year (Level 2) standing and (BIOL102/3.0 and CHEM112/6.0) or (CHEM114/3.0 and PHGY170/3.0) or permission of instructor.

Instructor: Dr. John Allingham

Additional Courses

Students must take at least TWO (2) of the following courses to complete this track

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. Please visit Arts and Science Online to review when this course will be offered and all pertinent information pertaining to this course.

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. Please visit Arts and Science Online to review when this course will be offered and all pertinent information pertaining to this course.

BMED 381, Clinical and Diagnostic Chemistry covers a branch of laboratory medicine and explores the role of the laboratory in the diagnosis of disease. The course focuses on interpretation of clinical and laboratory data with respect to diagnosis of different diseases.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and one of (BCHM 270/3.0 OR BCHM 218/3.0), or permission of the instructor.

Instructor: Dr. Hisham Elbatarny

BMED 390, 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.

Prerequisites: Minimum 3rd year (Level 3) standing and (one of ANAT 100/3.0 OR ANAT 101/3.0), and (one of PHGY 210/6.0 OR PHGY 214/6.0 OR [PHGY 215/3.0 and PHGY 216/3.0]), and (one of MICR 270/3.0 OR MICR 271/3.0 OR MICR 221/3.0), and (one of PHAR 230/3.0 OR PHAR 270/3.0 OR PHAR 340/3.0), and (one of BCHM 270/3.0 OR BCHM 218/3.0), or equivalent courses with permission from the instructor.

BMED 470 Principles of ‘Omics’ will build on information learned in BMED 370 as well as explore the integration of genomics with other ‘omics’ in the study of mechanisms controlling biological processes and disease risk.

Prerequisites: Minimum 4th year (Level 4) standing and BMED 370/3.0 or permission of the instructor

Instructor: Dr. Qingling Duan