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A PDF version of the 2009-2010 Academic Calendar is available here.

1. Welcome to Mount Allison University
2. Glossary of Academic Terms and Calendar of Events

Calendar of Events 2009-2010
Provisional Calendar of Events 2010-2011 (subject to change)

3. Admission

3.1. Contact Information
3.2. Admission to the University
3.3. Minimum General Admission Requirements
3.4. Additional Admission Requirements
3.5. Notes on Entry to First-Year Courses
3.6. Requirements for Non-Canadian Education Systems
3.7. English Requirements
3.8. Mature Students
3.9. Admission with Advanced Standing
3.10. Transfer Students
3.11. Visiting Students
3.12. Exchange Students
3.13. Special Circumstances
3.14. Graduate Studies

4. Fees

4.1. Fees and Expenses
4.2. Deposits for Full-Time Students
4.3. Payment of Fees
4.4. Late Fees and Interest Charges
4.5. Withdrawals and Student Accounts

5. Financial Assistance

5.1. Scholarships
5.2. Bursaries
5.3. Pre-Theological Bursaries
5.4. Special Summer Research Scholarships
5.5. The Donald A. Cameron Student Loan Fund

6. Academic Regulations

6.1. Registration Procedures
6.2. Changes in Registration/Programs (Fall and Winter terms)
6.3. Withdrawal from University
6.4. Advanced Placement
6.5. Transfer Credits
6.6. Degree Requirements
6.7. Degree with Distinction Requirements
6.8. Honours Degree Requirements
6.9. Second Undergraduate Degree Requirements
6.10. Honours Certificate
6.11. Grading System
6.12. Standards of Performance
6.13. Academic Offences
6.14. Missed Coursework or Tests
6.15. Examination Regulations
6.16. Continuous Learning
6.17. Transcripts
6.18. Replacement/Duplicate Diplomas
6.19. Graduation/Convocation
6.20. Notification of Disclosure of Personal Information to Statistics Canada
6.21. Email Communication

7. Academic Programs

7.1. B.A. and B. Sc. General Regulations
7.2. Bachelor of Arts
7.3. Bachelor of Science
7.4. Master of Science
7.5. Bachelor of Commerce
7.6. Bachelor of Music
7.7. Bachelor of Fine Arts
7.8. Certificate of Bilingualism
7.9. Certificat De Bilinguisme
7.10. Pre-Professional Requirements
7.11. International Programs

8. Continuous Learning

8.1. Miramichi First Year at Home Program
8.2. Moncton Program
8.3. Correspondence Program
8.4. Spring/Summer Term Courses
8.5. Seminars and Workshops
8.6. Fees
8.7. Financial Aid
8.8. Courses Through Continuous Learning as Part of a Normal Course Load
8.9. Overload Courses Through Continuous Learning
8.10. Deadlines and Extensions for Correspondence Courses
8.11. Withdrawal from Correspondence Courses
8.12. Withdrawal from Spring/Summer Term Courses (non-correspondence)
8.13. Contact Information

9. Programs and Courses of Instruction

American Studies
Art History
Canadian Public Policy
Canadian Studies
Cognitive Science
Commerce/Ron Joyce Centre for Business Studies
Computer Science
Drama Studies
English Literatures
Environmental Science
Environmental Studies
Fine Arts
French Studies
Geography and Environment
German Studies
Hispanic Studies
International Economics and Business
International Relations
Japanese Studies
Modern Languages and Literatures
Political Science
Religious Studies
Sociology / Anthropology
Spanish Studies
Women's Studies

10. Co-Curricular Life

10.1. The Student Union
10.2. The Argosy Weekly
10.3. CHMA FM
10.4. Garnet and Gold Society
10.5. Windsor Theatre
10.6. Student Entertainment Office
10.7. Residence Council
10.8. The Tantramarsh Club
10.9. Student Employment
10.10. Accommodation
10.11. Department of Physical Recreation and Athletics
10.12. Religious Life on Campus
10.13. Student Life
10.14. Student Life Resources
10.15. Services for Students With Disabilities

11. General Information

11.1. The Mount Allison University Libraries and Archives
11.2. The Libraries' Endowment Funds
11.3. The Mount Allison Federated Alumni, Inc.
11.4. Computer Facilities
11.5. Mount Allison University Bookstore
11.6. Banking Services
11.7. Performing Arts Series

12. Personnel

12.1. Officers of the University
12.2. The Regents of Mount Allison
12.3. The Senate of Mount Allison
12.4. Officers of Administration
12.5. Chancellors Emeriti
12.6. Presidents Emeriti
12.7. Registrars Emeriti
12.8. Professors Emeriti
12.9. Librarians Emeriti
12.10. Academic Staff
12.11. Meighen Centre for Learning Assistance and Research
12.12. Student Life
12.13. Department of Physical Recreation and Athletics


1. Lectureships, Trusts and Fellowships
2. Endowed Chairs
3. Faculty Awards
4. Scholarships
5. Bursaries
6. Pre-Theological Funds
7. Prizes



Biochemistry is the study of the chemicals structures and processes of living organisms.

Interdisciplinary B.Sc. Programs

MAJOR in Biochemistry is 75 credits earned as follows:

3from BIOC 1001
3from BIOL 1501
6from MATH 1111, 1121, 1131
6from PHYS 1051, 1551, 3521
6from CHEM 1001, 1021
6from CHEM 2111, 2411
3from BIOL 2601
6from BIOL 2101, 2301, 2401, 2701, 3101, 3111, 3211, 3311, 3711, 4151, 4211, GENS 1401
9from CHEM 2121, 2211, 2311, 3131
3from BIOC 2001
12from BIOC 3001, 3031, 3501, 3521
6from Biochemistry at the 3/4000 level
6from Biochemistry or Biology or Chemistry or GENS at the 3/4000 level, chosen in consultation with the Program Advisor

HONOURS in Biochemistry is 84 credits earned as follows:

75credits as in the Major
9from BIOC 4990 and BIOC 4903


Note: The listing of a course in the Calendar is not a guarantee that the course is offered every year.

Note: Students must obtain a grade of at least C- in all courses used to fulfill prerequisite requirements. Otherwise, written permission of the appropriate Department Head or Program Co-ordinator must be obtained.

BIOC 1001 (3CR)
Format: Integrated Lecture and Tutorial, 3 hours
This course introduces current topics and advances in Biochemistry and engages students in the scope and activities of the discipline. It examines the central role of water in biological systems, leading to an introduction of acid-base equilibria, the properties of biological membranes, and the bioenergetics of solutes moving across membranes. It introduces the principles of carbon bonding and electronegativity, leading to coverage of the bioorganic functional groups, whose characteristic properties and reactions combine to create the highly complex biological macromolecule classes of carbohydrates, proteins, nucleic acids, and lipids.

BIOC 2001 (3CR)
Format: lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours
Prereq: BIOC 1001; or permission of the Program Advisor
Exclusion: Any version of BIOC 2001 previously offered with a different title
This course discusses the structures, properties, reactions, and syntheses of the principal macromolecules in living cells with a major emphasis on the relation between the structures and functions. It also explores elementary enzyme catalysis and covers the paths, key structures, and organization of primary metabolism including glycolysis, citric acid cycle, beta oxidation of fatty acids, respiratory electron transport, chemiosmotic generation of ATP, and photosynthesis with an emphasis on bioenergetics, oxidation and reduction, and metabolic fluxes.

BIOC 3001 (3CR)
Format: integrated lecture and laboratory, 6 hours
Prereq: BIOC 2001; or permission of the Program Advisor
This course teaches students to plan and conduct a range of current biochemical analyses including spectroscopy, gas analyses, and chromatographic separations and imaging, with particular emphasis on the new opportunities opened through high-throughput computerized data capture applied to both established and new instrumental analyses. In parallel it guides students through the processes of plotting, interpreting, and presenting the meaning of their results.

BIOC/BIOL 3031 (3CR)
Format: Integrated Lecture and Laboratory, 6 Hours
Prereq: BIOC 2001; or permission of the Program Advisor
Exclusion: BIOC 3531, BIOC 3021
This course focuses on experiential analysis and computer modeling of key concepts of the molecular basis of biology, including nucleic acid structure, synthesis, and replication through template-directed polymerizations. The course builds on these key concepts to explore gene structure, expression, and engineering, leading to the wide-ranging applications of molecular biology to biology, medicine, and diagnostics.

BIOC/CHEM 3131 (3CR)
Format: lecture 3 hours
Prereq: CHEM 2121; or permission of the Chemistry Department
Note: This course is cross-listed and may therefore count as three credits in either discipline. Chemistry students should register for CHEM 3131
This course presents the principles of organic chemistry as they apply to biochemical problems. Topics covered include enzymic reaction mechanisms, enzyme cofactors, peptide and nucleic acid synthesis, and enzymes in organic synthesis.

BIOC 3501 (3CR)
Format: lecture 3 hours
Prereq: BIOC 2001; or permission of the Program Advisor
This course examines the co-ordinated biochemical transformations of matter, energy and information through metabolic pathways. It covers metabolic strategies and pathways, including chemoautotrophic, heterotrophic, and photoautotrophic metabolism. It emphasizes carbohydrate and amino acid metabolism, with related topics in lipid, nucleotide, and secondary metabolism. There is a strong emphasis on how organisms integrate metabolic paths, and how fluxes through paths are balanced.

BIOC 3521 (3CR)
Format: lecture 3 hours, laboratory 3 hours
Prereq: BIOC 2001; or permission of the Program Advisor
This course examines the relations between protein structure and function at the primary, secondary, tertiary, and quaternary levels; enzyme catalysis and mechanism; isolation, purification, and characterization of proteins; the metabolism of proteins through synthesis and degradation; and recent trends in protein design. Students learn sequence comparison, motif searching, and development of visual protein structures constructed from the protein structural data bases available over the web. The course introduces mass spectroscopic analyses of the proteome and protein sequencing.

BIOC/BIOL 3711 (3CR)
Format: seminar 3 hours
Prereq: BIOL 2101, BIOC 2001; or permission of the Biology Department
Note: This course is cross-listed and may therefore count as three credits in either discipline.
This course deals with the biochemistry of interactions between animals, plants and microorganisms that occur in the natural environment. It places strong emphasis on the role of "secondary metabolites" or "natural products" such as alkaloids, flavonoids, terpenoids, etc., in the insect-plant, vertebrate-plant, plant-plant and vertebrate-vertebrate relationships.

BIOC 4011 (3CR)
Format: lecture 3 hours
Prereq: BIOC 2001; or permission of the Program Advisor
This course explains the core molecular structures of the immune system: antibodies and their interactions with antigens. It places these molecular interactions in the context of the cells and tissues of the immune system and the signaling cascades that regulate immune responses. The course concludes with topics in immunology and applications of immunochemistry.

BIOC 4021 (3CR)
Format: lecture 3 hours
Prereq: BIOC 2001; or permission of the Program Advisor
This course covers the metabolism of major classes of lipids, their roles in signal transduction, and their interactions with proteins.

BIOC 4031 (3CR)
Format: lecture 3 hours
Prereq: BIOC 2001; or permission of the Program Advisor
Exclusion: BIOC 4501
This course examines 'traditional' theories and modeling of biochemical regulation at the levels of substrate, enzyme (particularly through phosphorylation networks), gene transcription, and protein translation. It compares this traditional approach to alternative systems based approaches of metabolic control theory and looks at how biochemical systems adapt to drastic modification through gene knockouts or protein over expression, and examines how some of these recent approaches pose a serious challenge to conventional thinking on biochemistry and physiology.

BIOC/CHEM 4351 (3CR)
Format: lecture 3 hours
Prereq: CHEM 3321; or permission of the Chemistry Department
Note: This course is cross-listed and may therefore count as three credits in either discipline.
This course examines the roles metals play in biochemical systems, and includes an overview of bioinorganic chemistry and a discussion of metals in medicine.

BIOC 4903 (3CR)
Format: seminar 3 hours
Coreq: Registration in BIOC 4990; or permission of the Program Advisor
This is a seminar course for Honours students in Biochemistry, which critically evaluates a wide range of topics from the current literature. Students are expected to deliver seminars on topics outside their thesis areas and to present preliminary thesis results.

BIOC 4950/4951 (6/3CR)
Format: Independent Study
Prereq: Permission of the Department/Program Advisor. Students must obtain consent of an instructor who is willing to be a supervisor and must register for the course prior to the last day for change of registration in the term during which the course is being taken.
Note: A program on Independent Study cannot duplicate subject matter covered through regular course offerings.
Note: Students may register for BIOC 4950/51 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.
This course permits senior students, under the direction faculty members, to pursue their interest in areas not covered, or not covered in depth, by other courses through a program of independent study.

BIOC 4990 (6CR)
Format: independent study/thesis
Prereq: Consent of supervising staff member prior to registration and permission of the Program Advisor
The honours thesis is based upon a program of original student research conducted with the advice of an academic supervisor.

BIOC 1991/2991/3991/4991 (3CR)
Format: Variable
Prereq: Set by the Department/Program when the topic and level are announced
Note: When a Department or Program intends to offer a course under this designation, it must submit course information, normally at least three months in advance, to the Dean.
Note: Students may register for BIOC 1991/2991/3991/4991 more than once, provided the subject matter differs.
This course either focuses on topics not covered by the current course offerings in a department or program or offers the opportunity to pilot a course that is being considered for inclusion in the regular program.


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