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BSc Honours in Biochemistry

An Honours in Biochemistry program consists of completion of the requirements of the Specialization in Biochemistry, with the election of CHEM 450 as the senior research project.

To enter an Honours program, students must apply to one of the Department Honours Advisors, after they have completed 30 credits at Concordia, (but not requiring fewer than 30 credits to graduate).

The difference between the Honours program and the Specialization program is the higher performance level demanded in the Honours program (See Undergraduate Calendar Section 31.003) and the inclusion of the Research Project and Thesis (CHEM 450), which requires independent research work of the student and an oral defence of the thesis before the Department. 

Dr Gregor Kos, Tel. (514) 848-2424 Ext 3374
Ms. Lisa Montesano, Tel. (514) 848-2424 Ext 3366

To enter and remain in the Honours program, a student must maintain an average of "B+" in all courses of the Honours component of the program, have no grade less than a C (2.0) in any core or elective course, and maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 (B+). Honours students are encouraged to attend departmental seminars.

The Order of Chemists of Québec has fully accredited the curriculum of the B.Sc. Honours in Chemistry. Upon satisfactory completion of this program, a graduate is eligible for membership in the Order. Students are responsible for satisfying their particular degree requirements. A working knowledge of French is required. (The Order of Chemists of Québec regulates the practice of both chemists and biochemists in Québec.)

See Section 31.003 of the Undergraduate Calendar.

NOTE: Students must meet the University regulations concerning the Honours degree (Section 31.003 of the University Calendar). Honours students in second year and beyond are encouraged to attend departmental seminars.

Course Requirements for the BSc Honours in Biochemistry (72 Credits)

45 credits (Core Components for Chemistry)

Common Core Courses

  • CHEM 217    Analytical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 218    Analytical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 221    Organic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 222    Organic Chemistry II
  • CHEM 324    Organic Chemistry III
  • CHEM 234    Physical Chemistry I
  • CHEM 235    Physical Chemistry II
  • CHEM 241    Inorganic Chemistry I
  • CHEM 271    Biochemistry I
  • CHEM 293    Spectroscopy and Structure of Organic Compounds

Additional Courses - Biochemistry Core

  • CHEM 375    Biochemistry II
  • BIOL 261     Molecular and General Genetics
  • BIOL 266     Cell Biology
  • BIOL 364     Cell Physiology
  • BIOL 368     Genetics and Cell Biology Lab
Credits Course
CHEM 312 Analytical Chemistry III
3 CHEM 325 Organic Chemistry IV
3 CHEM 335 Biophysical Chemistry
6 CHEM 450 Research Project and Thesis
3 BIOL 367 Molecular Biology

CHEM 477 Advanced Lab in Biochemistry


BIOL 466 Advanced Lab in Molecular Biology

6 Credits* of 400 level courses in biochemistry (CHEM 47X or 498 when appropriate)

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* Note: 3 Credits may be replaced when appropriate by a 400-level course in Chemistry or by a 400-level course in Cell & Molecular Biology.

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