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CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY


PROGRAMS

Chemistry and Biochemistry (MSc)
Medical Biotechnology (MMB)
Chemistry and Biochemistry (PhD)

CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY: COURSES


Chemistry and Biochemistry (MSc)

In addition to the University's general requirements and stipulations for the Master's degree, the following requirements must be met by students proceeding to the M.Sc. degree.

1) Course Work: Candidates must complete successfully at least three courses chosen from the available graduate offerings in the student's field or from related and cognate courses, with the approval of the Program Committee. The student may be required to take additional courses, as stipulated by the student's Master's committee.

2) Seminars: In addition to the above course work, students must attend the regular departmental Seminar (CHEM-8900) throughout their M.Sc. studies as a fulfilment of this requirement.

3) Thesis: A student must undertake original research and embody the results in a thesis (CHEM-8970). The student will then be examined by a committee.

A student who fails to achieve satisfactory performance in all aspects of the program (e.g., course work, seminars, thesis work or major critique) may be required to withdraw.

4) Master's Committee and Final Examinations: The Master's committee is chosen in the manner described under Master's Program Requirements. The final examination will take the form of an open seminar in the presence of the Master's committee. The examination will be open to the public.


Medical Biotechnology (MMB)

The Master of Medical Biotechnology (MMB) is a professional program that provides students with both a solid foundation of the theoretical concepts and practical industrially applicable laboratory technique experiences used in medical biotechnology industries. In addition, students will also receive training in business plan development and product commercialization.

Admission Requirements

In accordance with our current admission requirements for the MSc program, students entering this program must have a four (4) year BSc or BSc (Honours) degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, or accepted equivalent from an academic institution approved by the University of Windsor.

They must have the equivalent of a 70% average or higher in their undergraduate studies when converted to Ontario standards.

Candidates must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting or exceeding an IELTS score of 6.5 (or equivalent – i.e. 83 TOEFL Internet Based Test). If an applicant receives an English language proficiency score of less than 6.5 (or equivalent) they may be offered a conditional letter of acceptance pending successful completion of an approved English Language Training program.

Applicants must pass a successful interview with a representative or agent acting on behalf of the University of Windsor and submit two letters of reference.

This is a premium program as such enrolment is limited. Preference will be given to candidates who exceed the minimum requirements and those who have demonstrated work experience in the field of biotechnology.

Degree Requirements

Total courses: 12 credits (10 courses, two of which are worth two course credits)

BIOC-8700. Human Physiology and Mechanisms of Disease
BIOC-8720. Biochemistry and Cell Biology of Lipids and Membranes
BIOC-8730. Drugs: From Discovery to Market
BIOC-8740. Protein Structure and Function
BIOC-8750. Strategic Management of Biotech Innovations
BIOC-8760. Clinical Biochemistry
BIOC-8780. Biotechnology Entrepreneurship (2 course credits)
BIOC-8790. Biotechnology Laboratory (equivalent to two (2) semester-length courses)
BSMM-8140. Marketing

One of the following two:
BSMM-8310 International Business
BSMM-8340 Leadership and Organizational Change


Suggested Program Sequencing

Fall Semester
Term 1: BIOC-8700, BIOC-8720, and BSMM-8310 or BSMM-8340
Term 2: BIOC-8730, BIOC-8740 and BIOC-8750
Term 3: BIOC-8760 and BSMM-8140
Term 4: BIOC-8780 and BIOC-8790

Winter Semester
Term 1: BIOC-8700, BIOC-8760, and BSMM-8310 or BSMM-8340
Term 2: BIOC-8720 and BSMM-8140
Term 3: BIOC-8730, BIOC-8740 and BIOC-8750
Term 4: BIOC-8780 and BIOC-8790

Standing Required for Continuation in the Program and for Graduation
Students must have a cumulative average of not less than 70% to remain in good standing, and continue in the program.


Chemistry and Biochemistry (PhD)

In addition to the University's general requirements, the following requirements must be met by all students proceeding to the Ph.D. degree:

1) Course Work: Candidates must complete successfully at least six courses, including CHEM-9900 (or three courses if the candidate enters the program with an MSc degree) chosen from the available graduate offerings in the student's field or from related and cognate courses, with the approval of the Program Committee. The student may be required to take additional courses, as stipulated by the student's Doctoral committee.

2) Seminars: In addition to the above course work, students must attend the regular departmental Seminar (CHEM-8900) throughout their Ph.D. studies and present at least one seminar on their research as a fulfilment of this requirement.

3) Dissertation: The principal requirement for the Ph.D. degree is the presentation of a dissertation which embodies the results of an original investigation (CHEM-9980). For general requirements of the dissertation, see Ph.D, The Dissertation.

A student who fails to achieve satisfactory performance in all aspects of the program (e.g., course work, seminars, and dissertation work) may be required to withdraw.

4) Doctoral Committee: The Ph.D. committee is chosen in the manner described under Ph.D Program Requirements. This committee will meet with the student annually to review his or her progress. As part of this review the student will present a short seminar on his or her research progress.

5) (a)Transfer to the Ph.D. program: M.Sc. students with a minimum of an 80% average in a minimum of two courses taken as a graduate student may transfer directly to the Ph.D. program following a meeting with the Graduate Advisory Committee (with participation of the Outside Reader optional) at which approval to transfer is recommended. Such transfers will normally take place between the 12th month to the 24th month after admission to the M.Sc. II program.

(b)Comprehensive Examination: Students in the Ph.D. program will be required to complete an oral comprehensive examination within the first twelve months following admission into the Ph.D. program. The examination will take the form of a ten to twenty minute presentation of the student's research work to date, followed by a question and answer session in which the student's depth of knowledge of the field of research and the underlying chemical and/or biochemical principles will be examined. The student will be assessed by a committee of three members comprised of the research advisor and two other faculty members from Chemistry and Biochemistry, with additional members optional. As a guide to the student, the committee may provide some directed readings prior to the examination. The student will be expected to understand the subject matter and background of these topics. A grade of Pass or Fail will be given. In the event of a failing grade, the student may be allowed a second examination within one month, or a specific assignment for subsequent evaluation at the discretion of the examining committee. It may be possible that the student will not be allowed to repeat the examination.

(c)Final Examination: Each candidate will take a final oral examination in defense of the dissertation on the recommendation of the doctoral committee. An external examiner, chosen for acknowledged scholarship in the appropriate field of chemistry or biochemistry, will normally be present during the oral examination. The external examiner will be selected by the doctoral committee, subject to the approval of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The examination will be public and will involve a short seminar presentation by the candidate. The examination will be chaired by the Dean of Graduate Studies or delegate.