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Chemistry and Biochemistry - Programs
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY

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

COURSES
CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY


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:Students must successfully complete at least three courses. Two courses must be taken from Chemistry and/or Biochemistry, and the third from a cognate area. Cognate courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Committee of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. 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 with not more than one band (reading, writing, speaking, listening) at or below 6.0. For TOEFL-Internet Based Test, this would correspond to 83 overall with a minimum score of 21 in no more than one band. If an applicant receives an IELTS score of less than 6.5 (or TOFEL- Internet Based Test less than 83) 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: 10 courses

(a) six core MMB courses:
BIOC-8700 Human Physiology and Mechanisms of Diseases
BIOC-8730 Drugs: From Discovery to MarketBIOC-8740 Protein Structure and Function
BIOC-8760 Clinical BiochemistryBIOC-8780 Biotechnology Entrepreneurship
BIOC-8790 Biotechnology Laboratory

(b) two Science electives chosen from:
BIOC-8020 Structural Proteomics and Its Applications
BIOC-8030 Integrative Biological Mass Spectrometry
BIOC-8203 Scattering Techniques in Biochemistry
BIOC-8408 Computational Enzymology
BIOC-8580 Non-Animal Methods in Biomedical Research and Toxicology
BIOC-8640 Advanced DNA Science
BIOC-8684 Applications of Natural Products in Health
CHEM-8520 Free Radical in Chemistry and Biology
CHEM-8641 Bio- and Sustainable Materials
CHEM-8650 Membrane Biochemistry

(c) two Business courses:
BSMM-8140 Marketing
and one of
BSMM-8310 International Business
BSMM-8340 Leadership and Organizational Change

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCEFirst semester: three courses,
BIOC-8700 Human Physiology and Mechanisms of Diseases
BIOC-8740 Protein Structure and Function
BSMM-8140 Marketing

Second semester: three courses,
BIOC-8730 Drugs: From Discovery to Market
BIOC-8760 Clinical Biochemistry
and one Science elective course. Seek academic advising for assistance with course selection.

Third semester: two courses,
BIOC-8790 Biotechnology Laboratory
and one Business course. Seek academic advising for assistance with course selection.

Fourth semester: two courses,
BIOC-8780 Biotechnology Entrepreneurship
and one Science elective course. Seek academic advising for assistance with course selection.

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.