Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2011/2012
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Honours BSc Biochemistry & Biotechnology Combined with Conestoga College Biotechnology Technician Diploma

This program is a joint offering involving the Conestoga Biotechnology Technician diploma program and the Laurier Honours Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry & Biotechnology program.

The articulation agreement continues the development of synergistic links between Conestoga and Laurier. In particular, Conestoga’s Biotechnology Technician diploma program and Laurier’s Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry & Biotechnology are combined in such a way that students can gain the benefits of both significant ”bench” experience in biotechnology at Conestoga and the more theoretical education in foundations in biochemistry at Laurier. This combination will enhance the educational experience of qualified students, and should significantly increase their job opportunities.

Normally, students would complete the first two years of the Honours Biochemistry & Biotechnology BSc program and then complete one year of special study on a Letter of Permission at Conestoga in the Biotechnology Technician Diploma program. Upon returning to Laurier, students would then complete Year 3 and Year 4 of their BSc degree. Thus, over a five-year study period, students can obtain an Honours BSc degree in Biochemistry & Biotechnology from Laurier and an advanced Biotechnology Technician diploma from Conestoga. If completed separately, two years are necessary for the diploma and the total study time would be six years.

The Honours BSc Biochemistry & Biotechnology Combined with Conestoga College Biotechnology Technician Diploma program consists of a minimum of 20.0 Laurier credits to be completed in Years 1, 2, 4 and 5 of the program and the required Conestoga College credits to be completed in Year 3. The credits taken at Wilfrid Laurier University must include a minimum of 11.0 Chemistry and Biochemistry credits and not more than 7.0 credits competed at Laurier may be at the 100 level. All requirements are contained in the following recommended schedule (refer to Note 1):

Year 1: (Laurier)
BI110, BI111, CH110, CH111,
PC131 (or PC141), PC132 (or PC142),
Both MA100 and MA101 (or MA110*), MA122
0.5 elective credit (refer to Note 4)

Year 2: (Laurier)
BI276, CH202, CH203, CH212, CH225, CH250, CH261, CH262;
MA240 or MA241
0.5 program elective (refer to Note 5)

Year 3: (Conestoga College)
Contact Program Co-ordinator for the Biotechnology Program at Conestoga College for list of courses.

Year 4: (Laurier)
BI441, CH327, CH332, CH350, CH354, CH355, CH356, CH357
0.5 elective credit (refer to Note 4)
0.5 program elective credit (BI374 recommended; refer to Note 5)

Year 5: (Laurier)
CH450, CH452, CH459;
CH451 or BI440
1.0 elective credit (refer to Note 4)
2.0 program elective credits (BI402, BI476, CH455, CH457 and/or CH458 recommended; refer to Note 5)

Additional Information
 
Notes

  1. While the above schedule constitutes the recommended sequence satisfying program requirements, other sequences are possible. Many of the required courses have one or more prerequisites and students are advised to be cautious in departing from the recommended schedule.
  2. All required Mathematics and Physics courses must be completed by the end of Year 2.
  3. Progression into Year 2 requires a minimum GPA of 4.00 in each of CH110, CH111, BI110, BI111 and an overall GPA of 4.00. Progression into Year 4 and Year 5, as well as graduation, requires a minimum GPA of 4.00 in Chemistry and Biochemistry courses and an overall GPA of 4.00; in addition, all prerequisites for the advanced courses must be completed by the end of Year 2.
  4. A total of 2.0 non-program elective credits are available. Students must include at least 0.5 credit from each of Curriculum Divisions A and B. The remaining 1.0 credit may be from any Curriculum Division and may include program elective credits.
  5. Program electives (3.5 credits) must include at least 1.0 credit from CH and at least 1.0 credit BI from the following list: BI226, BI236, BI276, BI338, BI346, BI374, BI402/CH454, BI476; CH215, CH301, CH302, CH303, CH360, CH390, CH419, CH432, CH440, CH453, BI402/CH454, CH455, CH456, CH457, CH458, CH490‡, CH495 (Students who are not planning to enroll in CH490‡ must enroll in CH390).