Program Curriculum

Program Curriculum

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science dealing with the application of computer science to the study of biology. Bioinformatics education is in demand for many careers in science and health care. Students completing a Diploma in Bioinformatics will be well prepared to complete their BSc at any university in BC.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 65-69

Courses Credits
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BIOL 1115 General Biology I 1
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

An introduction to cell structures, physical and chemical properties of living matter, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell division and heredity, molecular genetics and evolution.

Prerequisites(s): A minimum "C+" grade in Biology 12, and a minimum of "C+" grade in one of the following: Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, CHEM 1117, or CHEM 1217; and one of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in one of English 12, English Literature 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of ENGL 1127, 1128, or CMNS 1115; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or a "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110;

Or

A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1216, BIOL 1118, BIOL 1218, or BIOL 1175.

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BIOL 1215 General Biology II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to organismal biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include speciation, phylogenetics, biodiversity (microorganisms, plants, fungi, and animals), and ecology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum 'C' grade in BIOL 1115.

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BIOL 2315 Biochemistry
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course establishes the foundations for further understanding of biology by covering the fundamental concepts governing biochemistry, with a focus on the structure and function of biomolecules, the process of metabolism, and biological information flow.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; a minimum "C" grade in CHEM 1220; or permission of the instructor. Successful completion or concurrent registration in CHEM 2316 and 2416 is recommended.

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BIOL 2415 Cell Biology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Cell biology focuses on the study of cell structure from the molecular level to the whole cell. Students learn the components of the cell and how these components form and function. Students also explore some of the common methods and tools used in Cell biology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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BIOL 2430 Molecular Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A study of gene structure, expression and regulation including recombinant DNA, extranuclear genes and developmental genetics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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CHEM 1120 General Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

CHEM 1120 constitutes a first-year course in general college chemistry. CHEM 1120 covers quantum chemistry, bonding, absorption of energy by molecules, applications of structure and chemistry in society.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1118 with "C-" or Chem 12 with "A" or "B" or successful score on Chemistry Diagnostic Test. In addition, one of MATH 1152 or Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with "C "or MDT 75. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A first-year course in general chemistry. Topics include solutions, energetics, thermo-dynamics, chemical kinetics, structure, and reactivity.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1120 with "C-" and MATH 1152 or Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with "C" or MDT 75. A proficiency test administered by the department may be required for students wishing to transfer into CHEM 1220. (MATH 1153 is recommended as a co-requisite). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 2216 Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

This organic chemistry course is intended for students in the biological sciences. Topics include properties of aromatic compounds, reactions and properties of alkenes, alkynes, cabonyl compounds, and carbohydrates. Not intended for students completing a Chemistry or Biochemistry major.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1220 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1030 Web Development I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students will examine the structure of the Internet and the World Wide Web and how they work; design and implement professional interactive websites using styles in CSS. Topics include design principles, image manipulation, and simple CGI scripting. Explore innovative trends that use the Internet as a computing platform.

Prerequisite(s): None. Basic computer literacy is recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 2221 Data Base Systems
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

A comprehensive introduction to theory and practice of designing and building databases and applications using database management systems. The relational model, relational algebra, SQL (the standard language for creating, querying, and modifying relational databases), UML or E/R approach to database design, as well as relational design principles based on functional dependencies and normal forms. Other topics include indexes, views, transactions, integrity constraints, and triggers. Students will design and implement a relational database for an enterprise as a major project using programming tools widely used in industry (e.g., Oracle).

Students will receive credit for only one of CPSC 1220 and 2221.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1040, 1045, 1150, or 1155. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Notes:
1 Students who do not meet the prerequisite requirements for BIOL 1115 are advised to take BIOL 1116 as one of their university-transferable electives.
 
One of
CPSC 1150 Program Design
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Provides a general understanding of computing environment and stored information; teaches algorithm development and fundamentals of programming using a suitable high-level language (e.g., Java); introduces abstraction concepts; and focuses on program design and implementation using the procedural programming paradigm.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: MDT 85; a minimum "B" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12; one of MATH 1171, 1173/1183, 1174; a minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1040 or 1045; or a minimum "B" grade in CPSC 1050.

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CPSC 1155 Program Design for Engineers
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course concentrates on the key elements of good programming and C++ using a multitude of interesting and appropriate engineering and scientific examples. It covers the features of C++ needed for writing engineering programs including procedural abstraction using functions. The course also presents fundamentals of numerical methods that represent commonly used techniques for solving engineering and scientific problems.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: MDT 85; Computer Science 12 with an "A"; Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with a minimum grade of "B"; one of MATH 1150, 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173/1183, 1174; a minimum grade of "C" in one of CPSC 1040, 1045 or 1050; or permission of department. MATH 1150, 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173/1183 or 1174 may be taken concurrently. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1160 Algorithms and Data Structures I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Covers low-level operations, recursion, systematic software development, abstract data types, creation of libraries of reusable routines, sorting and searching algorithms, efficiency, algorithm analysis, pointers, arrays, dynamic memory management, linked lists, stacks, queues, introduction to hashing, binary trees and tree traversals, and advanced data manipulation. Object-oriented programming will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1150 or 1155; and one of the following: a minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or a minimum "C" grade in MATH 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174; or a minimum "C+" in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12; or MDT 85. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1181 Object-oriented Computing
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Introduces the fundamental concepts of programming from an object-oriented (OO) perspective: abstraction; objects; classes and class hierarchies; methods; parameter passing; encapsulation and information hiding; inheritance; polymorphism. OO design with modeling tools (e.g., class diagrams). Application of simple container/collection classes; event-driven programming; exception handling; GUI; multi-threading; and networking. Emphasizes good software engineering principles using a language that supports the OO paradigm (e.g., Java).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in one of CPSC 1150 or CPSC 1155; or permission of department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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BIOL 2330 Introduction to Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

With an emphasis on problem-solving, students explore genetics including mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian genetics; modified Mendelian ratios; sex-linkage; linked genes and chromosome mapping; variations in chromosome number; quantitative and population genetics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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PHYS 1125 Physics I with Calculus
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is a calculus-based introduction to mechanics. The course examines kinematics (one and two dimensions), dynamics, statics, energy, rotation, waves, oscillations, fluids, gas, heat, thermodynamics in lectures and laboratories. Students planning to go into physical and applied sciences are encouraged to take this course and its second part, PHYS 1225.

Students will receive credit for only one of PHYS 1101 and 1125.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 12 with a "B" or higher, or PHYS 1118 with "C" or higher or satisfactory score on the Physics Diagnostic Test, and MATH 1171 or (MATH 1173/1183) preferred or MATH 1253 or 1174. MATH 1171, 1173/1183 or MATH 1253 may be taken concurrently with PHYS 1125.

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PHYS 1225 Physics II with Calculus
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is a calculus-based introduction to electricity. The course examines electrostatics, electric field, electric current, circuits, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, oscillations, alternating current, sound, optics, interference and diffraction, modern physics.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1125 with "C" grade or higher; or PHYS 1101 with "B" grade or higher; and MATH 1271 or MATH 1273/1283 (either of which may be taken concurrently).

Note: Students taking second year Physics courses are advised to take MATH 2362, 2371, 2471 and 2475.

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STAT 2281 Probability and Elementary Mathematical Statistics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Probability, conditional probability, random variables, moments and moment generating functions, discrete distributions including the binomial, hypergeometric and Poisson distributions, continuous distributions including the exponential, uniform, Chi-square, Beta, and Normal Distributions, Central Limit Theorem, applications to statistics including sampling, model building, and hypotheses testing.

Prior exposure to a course like STAT 1181 is recommended.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1171 Calculus I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with differentiation. The major topics include limits (intuitive approach), development and definition of derivatives, differentiation techniques (algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions), curve sketching, applications of derivatives (optimization, related rates, linear motion, differential approximations), antiderivatives, growth and decay.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, or 1174.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "A" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12; permission of department based on the MDT process (MDT 95); or a minimum "B-" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1271 Calculus II
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with integration and series. The major topics include the concept of integration, techniques of integration, applications of integration, and infinite series.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.

Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 1171, 1173, or 1253. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1173 Calculus I with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in differential calculus, the study of how quantities change. Topics include limits, the definition and interpretations of the derivative, rules and techniques for computing derivatives, using the derivative to study problems involving rates of change, approximation, graphs, and optimization. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1183. See the description of MATH 1183 for more detail about these activities.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, or 1174.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or permission of the department based on the MDT process (MDT 090); or a minimum "C+" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1183.

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MATH 1183 Computer Explorations for Calculus I
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1173. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used, and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of ideas being studied in MATH 1173.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1173.

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MATH 1273 Calculus II with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in integral calculus, the study of how quantities accumulate. Topics include the definition of the definite integral, interpretations and properties of the integral, techniques for computing integrals, techniques for approximating integrals, applications of integrals, and the study of infinite series. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1283. See the description of MATH 1283 for more detail about these activities.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1253 or MATH 1171 or MATH 1173, or permission of the department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1283.

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MATH 1283 Computer Explorations for Calculus II
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1273. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of the ideas being studied in MATH 1273.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1273.

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Two of
University-transferable ENGL (six credits)
6
Two of
University-transferable courses (six credits)
6

Bioinformatics is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary science dealing with the application of computer science to the study of biology. Bioinformatics education is increasingly in demand for many careers in science and health care.

The program enables students to integrate academic studies with related, practical work experience. Co-op students alternate terms of classroom studies with terms of paid, full-time employment with a participating employer.

Also see Co-operative Education programs.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 73-78

Courses Credits
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BIOL 1115 General Biology I 1
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

An introduction to cell structures, physical and chemical properties of living matter, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell division and heredity, molecular genetics and evolution.

Prerequisites(s): A minimum "C+" grade in Biology 12, and a minimum of "C+" grade in one of the following: Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, CHEM 1117, or CHEM 1217; and one of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in one of English 12, English Literature 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of ENGL 1127, 1128, or CMNS 1115; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or a "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110;

Or

A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1216, BIOL 1118, BIOL 1218, or BIOL 1175.

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BIOL 1215 General Biology II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to organismal biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include speciation, phylogenetics, biodiversity (microorganisms, plants, fungi, and animals), and ecology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum 'C' grade in BIOL 1115.

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BIOL 2315 Biochemistry
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course establishes the foundations for further understanding of biology by covering the fundamental concepts governing biochemistry, with a focus on the structure and function of biomolecules, the process of metabolism, and biological information flow.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; a minimum "C" grade in CHEM 1220; or permission of the instructor. Successful completion or concurrent registration in CHEM 2316 and 2416 is recommended.

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BIOL 2415 Cell Biology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Cell biology focuses on the study of cell structure from the molecular level to the whole cell. Students learn the components of the cell and how these components form and function. Students also explore some of the common methods and tools used in Cell biology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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BIOL 2430 Molecular Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A study of gene structure, expression and regulation including recombinant DNA, extranuclear genes and developmental genetics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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CHEM 1120 General Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

CHEM 1120 constitutes a first-year course in general college chemistry. CHEM 1120 covers quantum chemistry, bonding, absorption of energy by molecules, applications of structure and chemistry in society.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1118 with "C-" or Chem 12 with "A" or "B" or successful score on Chemistry Diagnostic Test. In addition, one of MATH 1152 or Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with "C "or MDT 75. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A first-year course in general chemistry. Topics include solutions, energetics, thermo-dynamics, chemical kinetics, structure, and reactivity.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1120 with "C-" and MATH 1152 or Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with "C" or MDT 75. A proficiency test administered by the department may be required for students wishing to transfer into CHEM 1220. (MATH 1153 is recommended as a co-requisite). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 2216 Organic Chemistry for the Biological Sciences
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

This organic chemistry course is intended for students in the biological sciences. Topics include properties of aromatic compounds, reactions and properties of alkenes, alkynes, cabonyl compounds, and carbohydrates. Not intended for students completing a Chemistry or Biochemistry major.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1220 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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COOP 2301 Co-operative Work Placement I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 22.5

Work experience and report. Practical application of theoretical knowledge gained in academic studies to enhance skills and to provide professional and personal development. Co-op work placements consist of full time work in a student's area of study. Evaluation will consist of employer evaluation, work term report, and presentation.

Co-operative Education courses cannot be used to meet elective requirements.

Students will only receive credit for COOP 2301, or COOP 2302 and 2303.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum "C" grade in BUSM 2300, COOP 2300, or EXPE 2300; minimum 2.6 GPA; acceptance to the co-op option; and confirmed co-op work placement.

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CPSC 1030 Web Development I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students will examine the structure of the Internet and the World Wide Web and how they work; design and implement professional interactive websites using styles in CSS. Topics include design principles, image manipulation, and simple CGI scripting. Explore innovative trends that use the Internet as a computing platform.

Prerequisite(s): None. Basic computer literacy is recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 2221 Data Base Systems
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

A comprehensive introduction to theory and practice of designing and building databases and applications using database management systems. The relational model, relational algebra, SQL (the standard language for creating, querying, and modifying relational databases), UML or E/R approach to database design, as well as relational design principles based on functional dependencies and normal forms. Other topics include indexes, views, transactions, integrity constraints, and triggers. Students will design and implement a relational database for an enterprise as a major project using programming tools widely used in industry (e.g., Oracle).

Students will receive credit for only one of CPSC 1220 and 2221.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1040, 1045, 1150, or 1155. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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EXPE 2300 Employment Strategies for Current Labour Markets 2
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Formerly COOP 2300

EXPE 2300 is a combined lecture/seminar course that will provide students with knowledge of what it takes to get a job in today's constantly changing workplace. This course will give students a chance to learn as well as practice each of the steps towards attaining a job, including self-assessment; resume and cover letter writing; networking and interviewing skills; as well as job search tactics. By completing this course, each student will have the resources to make a positive, lasting impression on prospective employers. This course complements other curriculum already offered in career programs with the Co-operative Education option and is designed to further develop specific competencies related to employment in the student's field of study. The final project is to produce a professional career portfolio.

Students will receive credit for only one of BUSM 2300, COOP 2300, and EXPE 2300.

Note: This course is a prerequisite for participation in Co-operative Education.

Prerequisite(s): English Requirement, one of the following: a minimum 67% in BC English 12 or equivalent; a minimum 67% in BC English Literature 12; a minimum 67% in BC English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C-" in a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; a minimum "C-" in ENGL 1121; a "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; a minimum Level 3 on the LET; LEAP 8; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension.

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Notes:
1 Students who do not meet the prerequisite requirements for BIOL 1115 are advised to take BIOL 1116 as one of their university-transferable electives.
2 formerly BUSM 2300/COOP 2300
 
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CPSC 1150 Program Design
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Provides a general understanding of computing environment and stored information; teaches algorithm development and fundamentals of programming using a suitable high-level language (e.g., Java); introduces abstraction concepts; and focuses on program design and implementation using the procedural programming paradigm.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: MDT 85; a minimum "B" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12; one of MATH 1171, 1173/1183, 1174; a minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1040 or 1045; or a minimum "B" grade in CPSC 1050.

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CPSC 1155 Program Design for Engineers
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course concentrates on the key elements of good programming and C++ using a multitude of interesting and appropriate engineering and scientific examples. It covers the features of C++ needed for writing engineering programs including procedural abstraction using functions. The course also presents fundamentals of numerical methods that represent commonly used techniques for solving engineering and scientific problems.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: MDT 85; Computer Science 12 with an "A"; Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with a minimum grade of "B"; one of MATH 1150, 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173/1183, 1174; a minimum grade of "C" in one of CPSC 1040, 1045 or 1050; or permission of department. MATH 1150, 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173/1183 or 1174 may be taken concurrently. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1160 Algorithms and Data Structures I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Covers low-level operations, recursion, systematic software development, abstract data types, creation of libraries of reusable routines, sorting and searching algorithms, efficiency, algorithm analysis, pointers, arrays, dynamic memory management, linked lists, stacks, queues, introduction to hashing, binary trees and tree traversals, and advanced data manipulation. Object-oriented programming will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1150 or 1155; and one of the following: a minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or a minimum "C" grade in MATH 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174; or a minimum "C+" in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12; or MDT 85. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1181 Object-oriented Computing
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Introduces the fundamental concepts of programming from an object-oriented (OO) perspective: abstraction; objects; classes and class hierarchies; methods; parameter passing; encapsulation and information hiding; inheritance; polymorphism. OO design with modeling tools (e.g., class diagrams). Application of simple container/collection classes; event-driven programming; exception handling; GUI; multi-threading; and networking. Emphasizes good software engineering principles using a language that supports the OO paradigm (e.g., Java).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in one of CPSC 1150 or CPSC 1155; or permission of department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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One of
MATH 1171 Calculus I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with differentiation. The major topics include limits (intuitive approach), development and definition of derivatives, differentiation techniques (algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions), curve sketching, applications of derivatives (optimization, related rates, linear motion, differential approximations), antiderivatives, growth and decay.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, or 1174.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "A" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12; permission of department based on the MDT process (MDT 95); or a minimum "B-" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1271 Calculus II
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with integration and series. The major topics include the concept of integration, techniques of integration, applications of integration, and infinite series.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.

Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 1171, 1173, or 1253. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1173 Calculus I with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in differential calculus, the study of how quantities change. Topics include limits, the definition and interpretations of the derivative, rules and techniques for computing derivatives, using the derivative to study problems involving rates of change, approximation, graphs, and optimization. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1183. See the description of MATH 1183 for more detail about these activities.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, or 1174.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or permission of the department based on the MDT process (MDT 090); or a minimum "C+" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1183.

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MATH 1183 Computer Explorations for Calculus I
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1173. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used, and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of ideas being studied in MATH 1173.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1173.

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MATH 1273 Calculus II with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in integral calculus, the study of how quantities accumulate. Topics include the definition of the definite integral, interpretations and properties of the integral, techniques for computing integrals, techniques for approximating integrals, applications of integrals, and the study of infinite series. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1283. See the description of MATH 1283 for more detail about these activities.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1253 or MATH 1171 or MATH 1173, or permission of the department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1283.

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MATH 1283 Computer Explorations for Calculus II
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1273. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of the ideas being studied in MATH 1273.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1273.

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Two of
BIOL 2330 Introduction to Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

With an emphasis on problem-solving, students explore genetics including mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian genetics; modified Mendelian ratios; sex-linkage; linked genes and chromosome mapping; variations in chromosome number; quantitative and population genetics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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PHYS 1125 Physics I with Calculus
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is a calculus-based introduction to mechanics. The course examines kinematics (one and two dimensions), dynamics, statics, energy, rotation, waves, oscillations, fluids, gas, heat, thermodynamics in lectures and laboratories. Students planning to go into physical and applied sciences are encouraged to take this course and its second part, PHYS 1225.

Students will receive credit for only one of PHYS 1101 and 1125.

Prerequisite(s): Physics 12 with a "B" or higher, or PHYS 1118 with "C" or higher or satisfactory score on the Physics Diagnostic Test, and MATH 1171 or (MATH 1173/1183) preferred or MATH 1253 or 1174. MATH 1171, 1173/1183 or MATH 1253 may be taken concurrently with PHYS 1125.

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PHYS 1225 Physics II with Calculus
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is a calculus-based introduction to electricity. The course examines electrostatics, electric field, electric current, circuits, magnetic field, electromagnetic induction, oscillations, alternating current, sound, optics, interference and diffraction, modern physics.

Prerequisite(s): PHYS 1125 with "C" grade or higher; or PHYS 1101 with "B" grade or higher; and MATH 1271 or MATH 1273/1283 (either of which may be taken concurrently).

Note: Students taking second year Physics courses are advised to take MATH 2362, 2371, 2471 and 2475.

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STAT 2281 Probability and Elementary Mathematical Statistics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

Probability, conditional probability, random variables, moments and moment generating functions, discrete distributions including the binomial, hypergeometric and Poisson distributions, continuous distributions including the exponential, uniform, Chi-square, Beta, and Normal Distributions, Central Limit Theorem, applications to statistics including sampling, model building, and hypotheses testing.

Prior exposure to a course like STAT 1181 is recommended.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C-" grade in MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Two of
University-transferable ENGL (six credits)
6
Two of
University-transferable courses (six credits)
6

Term Notes:

Students who wish to participate in this Co-operative education option must maintain above-average academic standing and demonstrate potential for success in their chosen field.

One four month (minimum 420 hours) work term needs to be completed for a Co-op designated diploma. Employers provide Co-op instructors with job descriptions to be posted. Students submit their resumes via the Co-op instructors who will submit the package to the employer and arrange job interviews. Students are strongly encouraged to start building their professional network and be an active participant in self-marketing in order to source their Co-op work placement.

Employers make the hiring and establish the working conditions, salary and benefits. The Co-operative Education option has proven to be of great benefit to students. Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge, to develop skills in a practical work setting, and to gain related experience before commencing their professional careers.

Bioinformatics is an interdisciplinary science dealing with the application of computer science to the study of biology. Bioinformatics education is in demand for many careers in science and health care.

Students completing an Associate of Science Degree in Bioinformatics will be well prepared to complete their BSc at any university in BC, including transfer to the bioinformatics program at SFU.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 64-68

Courses Credits
All of
BIOL 1115 General Biology I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

An introduction to cell structures, physical and chemical properties of living matter, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell division and heredity, molecular genetics and evolution.

Prerequisites(s): A minimum "C+" grade in Biology 12, and a minimum of "C+" grade in one of the following: Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, CHEM 1117, or CHEM 1217; and one of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in one of English 12, English Literature 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of ENGL 1127, 1128, or CMNS 1115; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or a "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110;

Or

A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1216, BIOL 1118, BIOL 1218, or BIOL 1175.

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BIOL 1215 General Biology II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to organismal biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include speciation, phylogenetics, biodiversity (microorganisms, plants, fungi, and animals), and ecology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum 'C' grade in BIOL 1115.

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BIOL 2315 Biochemistry
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course establishes the foundations for further understanding of biology by covering the fundamental concepts governing biochemistry, with a focus on the structure and function of biomolecules, the process of metabolism, and biological information flow.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; a minimum "C" grade in CHEM 1220; or permission of the instructor. Successful completion or concurrent registration in CHEM 2316 and 2416 is recommended.

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BIOL 2415 Cell Biology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Cell biology focuses on the study of cell structure from the molecular level to the whole cell. Students learn the components of the cell and how these components form and function. Students also explore some of the common methods and tools used in Cell biology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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CHEM 1120 General Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

CHEM 1120 constitutes a first-year course in general college chemistry. CHEM 1120 covers quantum chemistry, bonding, absorption of energy by molecules, applications of structure and chemistry in society.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1118 with "C-" or Chem 12 with "A" or "B" or successful score on Chemistry Diagnostic Test. In addition, one of MATH 1152 or Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with "C "or MDT 75. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A first-year course in general chemistry. Topics include solutions, energetics, thermo-dynamics, chemical kinetics, structure, and reactivity.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1120 with "C-" and MATH 1152 or Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with "C" or MDT 75. A proficiency test administered by the department may be required for students wishing to transfer into CHEM 1220. (MATH 1153 is recommended as a co-requisite). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1150 Program Design
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Provides a general understanding of computing environment and stored information; teaches algorithm development and fundamentals of programming using a suitable high-level language (e.g., Java); introduces abstraction concepts; and focuses on program design and implementation using the procedural programming paradigm.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: MDT 85; a minimum "B" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12; one of MATH 1171, 1173/1183, 1174; a minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1040 or 1045; or a minimum "B" grade in CPSC 1050.

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CPSC 1160 Algorithms and Data Structures I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Covers low-level operations, recursion, systematic software development, abstract data types, creation of libraries of reusable routines, sorting and searching algorithms, efficiency, algorithm analysis, pointers, arrays, dynamic memory management, linked lists, stacks, queues, introduction to hashing, binary trees and tree traversals, and advanced data manipulation. Object-oriented programming will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1150 or 1155; and one of the following: a minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or a minimum "C" grade in MATH 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174; or a minimum "C+" in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12; or MDT 85. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1181 Object-oriented Computing
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Introduces the fundamental concepts of programming from an object-oriented (OO) perspective: abstraction; objects; classes and class hierarchies; methods; parameter passing; encapsulation and information hiding; inheritance; polymorphism. OO design with modeling tools (e.g., class diagrams). Application of simple container/collection classes; event-driven programming; exception handling; GUI; multi-threading; and networking. Emphasizes good software engineering principles using a language that supports the OO paradigm (e.g., Java).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in one of CPSC 1150 or CPSC 1155; or permission of department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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One of
MATH 1171 Calculus I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with differentiation. The major topics include limits (intuitive approach), development and definition of derivatives, differentiation techniques (algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions), curve sketching, applications of derivatives (optimization, related rates, linear motion, differential approximations), antiderivatives, growth and decay.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, or 1174.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "A" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12; permission of department based on the MDT process (MDT 95); or a minimum "B-" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1271 Calculus II
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with integration and series. The major topics include the concept of integration, techniques of integration, applications of integration, and infinite series.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.

Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 1171, 1173, or 1253. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1173 Calculus I with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in differential calculus, the study of how quantities change. Topics include limits, the definition and interpretations of the derivative, rules and techniques for computing derivatives, using the derivative to study problems involving rates of change, approximation, graphs, and optimization. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1183. See the description of MATH 1183 for more detail about these activities.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, or 1174.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or permission of the department based on the MDT process (MDT 090); or a minimum "C+" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1183.

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MATH 1183 Computer Explorations for Calculus I
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1173. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used, and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of ideas being studied in MATH 1173.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1173.

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MATH 1273 Calculus II with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in integral calculus, the study of how quantities accumulate. Topics include the definition of the definite integral, interpretations and properties of the integral, techniques for computing integrals, techniques for approximating integrals, applications of integrals, and the study of infinite series. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1283. See the description of MATH 1283 for more detail about these activities.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1253 or MATH 1171 or MATH 1173, or permission of the department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1283.

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MATH 1283 Computer Explorations for Calculus II
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1273. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of the ideas being studied in MATH 1273.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1273.

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Four of
BIOL 2330 Introduction to Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

With an emphasis on problem-solving, students explore genetics including mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian genetics; modified Mendelian ratios; sex-linkage; linked genes and chromosome mapping; variations in chromosome number; quantitative and population genetics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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BIOL 2430 Molecular Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A study of gene structure, expression and regulation including recombinant DNA, extranuclear genes and developmental genetics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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CHEM 2316 Organic Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A second-year level course in general organic chemistry. Topics include simple aliphatic and aromatic compounds including hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, organometallic compounds; and an introduction to reaction mechanisms, to stereochemistry and to the use of spectroscopy in organic chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1220 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 2416 Organic Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A second-year level course in general organic chemistry. Topics include aromatic compounds, alcohols and ethers, carbonyl compounds, carbonylic acids, amines, and amino acids. Bio-organic systems may also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 2316 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 2150 Algorithms and Data Structures II
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Linear and non-linear structures and their implementation using the object-oriented programming paradigm. Topics include algorithm analysis, algorithmic paradigms (divide and conquer, greedy heuristic, backtracking and dynamic programming), data representation, matrices, lists, stacks, queues, mappings, dictionaries, binary trees, balanced trees, B-trees, tree traversals, meta-languages, expression trees, prefix, infix and postfix expressions and conversions, priority queues and heaps, search trees, hashing, Huffman codes, graphs, and graph algorithms.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in CPSC 1160; or permission of department. CPSC 1181 is recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 2190 Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Covers sets and propositions; relations and functions; permutations, combinations and counting; induction proofs; graphs, trees and networks; Boolean algebra and mathematical models; application of theoretical concepts to program development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1150 or 1155; and one of the following: a minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or a minimum "C" grade in MATH 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12; or MDT 85. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 2221 Data Base Systems
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

A comprehensive introduction to theory and practice of designing and building databases and applications using database management systems. The relational model, relational algebra, SQL (the standard language for creating, querying, and modifying relational databases), UML or E/R approach to database design, as well as relational design principles based on functional dependencies and normal forms. Other topics include indexes, views, transactions, integrity constraints, and triggers. Students will design and implement a relational database for an enterprise as a major project using programming tools widely used in industry (e.g., Oracle).

Students will receive credit for only one of CPSC 1220 and 2221.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1040, 1045, 1150, or 1155. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Two of
University-transferable ENGL (six credits)
6
Two of
University-transferable arts courses (six credits)
6
One
University-transferable course (three credits).
3

Bioinformatics is a rapidly growing interdisciplinary science dealing with the application of computer science to the study of biology. Bioinformatics education is increasingly in demand for many careers in science and health care.

This program enables students to integrate academic studies with related, practical work experience. Co-op students alternate terms of classroom studies with terms of paid, full-time employment with a participating employer.

Also see Co-operative Education programs.

CURRICULUM

Total Credits: 73-77

Courses Credits
All of
BIOL 1115 General Biology I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

An introduction to cell structures, physical and chemical properties of living matter, photosynthesis, cellular respiration, cell division and heredity, molecular genetics and evolution.

Prerequisites(s): A minimum "C+" grade in Biology 12, and a minimum of "C+" grade in one of the following: Chemistry 11, CHEM 1114, CHEM 1117, or CHEM 1217; and one of the following: LET 3 (or LPI equivalent); LEAP 8; a minimum "C+" grade in one of English 12, English Literature 12, or English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C" grade in one of ENGL 1127, 1128, or CMNS 1115; or a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; or a "S" grade in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110;

Or

A minimum "C" grade in one of the following: BIOL 1111, BIOL 1216, BIOL 1118, BIOL 1218, or BIOL 1175.

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BIOL 1215 General Biology II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Students majoring in science are introduced to organismal biology with a strong emphasis on ecology and evolution. Through lectures and laboratories, students acquire the theoretical background and hands-on skills necessary to succeed in upper level biology courses. Topics of study include speciation, phylogenetics, biodiversity (microorganisms, plants, fungi, and animals), and ecology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum 'C' grade in BIOL 1115.

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BIOL 2315 Biochemistry
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This course establishes the foundations for further understanding of biology by covering the fundamental concepts governing biochemistry, with a focus on the structure and function of biomolecules, the process of metabolism, and biological information flow.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; a minimum "C" grade in CHEM 1220; or permission of the instructor. Successful completion or concurrent registration in CHEM 2316 and 2416 is recommended.

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BIOL 2415 Cell Biology
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

Cell biology focuses on the study of cell structure from the molecular level to the whole cell. Students learn the components of the cell and how these components form and function. Students also explore some of the common methods and tools used in Cell biology.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C+" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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CHEM 1120 General Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

CHEM 1120 constitutes a first-year course in general college chemistry. CHEM 1120 covers quantum chemistry, bonding, absorption of energy by molecules, applications of structure and chemistry in society.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1118 with "C-" or Chem 12 with "A" or "B" or successful score on Chemistry Diagnostic Test. In addition, one of MATH 1152 or Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with "C "or MDT 75. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 1220 General Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A first-year course in general chemistry. Topics include solutions, energetics, thermo-dynamics, chemical kinetics, structure, and reactivity.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1120 with "C-" and MATH 1152 or Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 with "C" or MDT 75. A proficiency test administered by the department may be required for students wishing to transfer into CHEM 1220. (MATH 1153 is recommended as a co-requisite). Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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COOP 2301 Co-operative Work Placement I
3

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 22.5

Work experience and report. Practical application of theoretical knowledge gained in academic studies to enhance skills and to provide professional and personal development. Co-op work placements consist of full time work in a student's area of study. Evaluation will consist of employer evaluation, work term report, and presentation.

Co-operative Education courses cannot be used to meet elective requirements.

Students will only receive credit for COOP 2301, or COOP 2302 and 2303.

Prerequisite(s): Minimum "C" grade in BUSM 2300, COOP 2300, or EXPE 2300; minimum 2.6 GPA; acceptance to the co-op option; and confirmed co-op work placement.

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CPSC 1150 Program Design
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Provides a general understanding of computing environment and stored information; teaches algorithm development and fundamentals of programming using a suitable high-level language (e.g., Java); introduces abstraction concepts; and focuses on program design and implementation using the procedural programming paradigm.

Prerequisite(s): One of the following: MDT 85; a minimum "B" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12; one of MATH 1171, 1173/1183, 1174; a minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1040 or 1045; or a minimum "B" grade in CPSC 1050.

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CPSC 1160 Algorithms and Data Structures I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Covers low-level operations, recursion, systematic software development, abstract data types, creation of libraries of reusable routines, sorting and searching algorithms, efficiency, algorithm analysis, pointers, arrays, dynamic memory management, linked lists, stacks, queues, introduction to hashing, binary trees and tree traversals, and advanced data manipulation. Object-oriented programming will be introduced.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1150 or 1155; and one of the following: a minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or a minimum "C" grade in MATH 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174; or a minimum "C+" in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12; or MDT 85. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 1181 Object-oriented Computing
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Introduces the fundamental concepts of programming from an object-oriented (OO) perspective: abstraction; objects; classes and class hierarchies; methods; parameter passing; encapsulation and information hiding; inheritance; polymorphism. OO design with modeling tools (e.g., class diagrams). Application of simple container/collection classes; event-driven programming; exception handling; GUI; multi-threading; and networking. Emphasizes good software engineering principles using a language that supports the OO paradigm (e.g., Java).

Prerequisite(s): A minimum grade of "C" in one of CPSC 1150 or CPSC 1155; or permission of department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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EXPE 2300 Employment Strategies for Current Labour Markets 1
3

Lecture Hours: 3.0 | Seminar: 2.0 | Lab: 0.0

Formerly COOP 2300

EXPE 2300 is a combined lecture/seminar course that will provide students with knowledge of what it takes to get a job in today's constantly changing workplace. This course will give students a chance to learn as well as practice each of the steps towards attaining a job, including self-assessment; resume and cover letter writing; networking and interviewing skills; as well as job search tactics. By completing this course, each student will have the resources to make a positive, lasting impression on prospective employers. This course complements other curriculum already offered in career programs with the Co-operative Education option and is designed to further develop specific competencies related to employment in the student's field of study. The final project is to produce a professional career portfolio.

Students will receive credit for only one of BUSM 2300, COOP 2300, and EXPE 2300.

Note: This course is a prerequisite for participation in Co-operative Education.

Prerequisite(s): English Requirement, one of the following: a minimum 67% in BC English 12 or equivalent; a minimum 67% in BC English Literature 12; a minimum 67% in BC English First Peoples 12; a minimum "C-" in a university-level English or Communications course for which Langara awards transfer credit; a minimum "C" in ENGL 1120; a minimum "C-" in ENGL 1121; a "S" in one of ENGL 1107, 1108, or 1110; a minimum Level 3 on the LET; LEAP 8; LPI with a minimum 26 on the essay and one of 5 in English usage, 5 in sentence structure, or 10 in reading comprehension.

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Notes:
1 formerly BUSM 2300/COOP 2300
 
One of
MATH 1171 Calculus I
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with differentiation. The major topics include limits (intuitive approach), development and definition of derivatives, differentiation techniques (algebraic, trigonometric, inverse trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions), curve sketching, applications of derivatives (optimization, related rates, linear motion, differential approximations), antiderivatives, growth and decay.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, or 1174.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "A" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12; permission of department based on the MDT process (MDT 95); or a minimum "B-" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Principles of Mathematics 12 or Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1271 Calculus II
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This course deals primarily with integration and series. The major topics include the concept of integration, techniques of integration, applications of integration, and infinite series.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.

Prerequisite(s): One of MATH 1171, 1173, or 1253. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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MATH 1173 Calculus I with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in differential calculus, the study of how quantities change. Topics include limits, the definition and interpretations of the derivative, rules and techniques for computing derivatives, using the derivative to study problems involving rates of change, approximation, graphs, and optimization. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1183. See the description of MATH 1183 for more detail about these activities.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1153/1253, 1171, 1173, or 1174.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or permission of the department based on the MDT process (MDT 090); or a minimum "C+" grade in MATH 1170; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1183.

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MATH 1183 Computer Explorations for Calculus I
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1173. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used, and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of ideas being studied in MATH 1173.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1173.

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MATH 1273 Calculus II with Computer Explorations
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 0.0

This is a course in integral calculus, the study of how quantities accumulate. Topics include the definition of the definite integral, interpretations and properties of the integral, techniques for computing integrals, techniques for approximating integrals, applications of integrals, and the study of infinite series. Traditional classroom instruction will be augmented with laboratory work in MATH 1283. See the description of MATH 1283 for more detail about these activities.

College credit will be given for only one of the following courses: MATH 1271, 1273, or 1274.

Prerequisite(s): MATH 1253 or MATH 1171 or MATH 1173, or permission of the department. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1283.

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MATH 1283 Computer Explorations for Calculus II
1

Lecture Hours: 0.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

This is the laboratory component of MATH 1273. These laboratory activities will usually involve the use of a Computer Algebra System, will include instruction about the computers and the software being used and will involve activities designed to promote better understanding of the ideas being studied in MATH 1273.

Corequisite(s): MATH 1273.

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Four of
BIOL 2330 Introduction to Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

With an emphasis on problem-solving, students explore genetics including mitosis and meiosis; Mendelian genetics; modified Mendelian ratios; sex-linkage; linked genes and chromosome mapping; variations in chromosome number; quantitative and population genetics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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BIOL 2430 Molecular Genetics
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A study of gene structure, expression and regulation including recombinant DNA, extranuclear genes and developmental genetics.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in both BIOL 1115 and 1215; or permission of the instructor.

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CHEM 2316 Organic Chemistry I
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A second-year level course in general organic chemistry. Topics include simple aliphatic and aromatic compounds including hydrocarbons, alkyl halides, organometallic compounds; and an introduction to reaction mechanisms, to stereochemistry and to the use of spectroscopy in organic chemistry.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 1220 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CHEM 2416 Organic Chemistry II
4

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 3.0

A second-year level course in general organic chemistry. Topics include aromatic compounds, alcohols and ethers, carbonyl compounds, carbonylic acids, amines, and amino acids. Bio-organic systems may also be covered.

Prerequisite(s): CHEM 2316 or equivalent. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 2150 Algorithms and Data Structures II
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Linear and non-linear structures and their implementation using the object-oriented programming paradigm. Topics include algorithm analysis, algorithmic paradigms (divide and conquer, greedy heuristic, backtracking and dynamic programming), data representation, matrices, lists, stacks, queues, mappings, dictionaries, binary trees, balanced trees, B-trees, tree traversals, meta-languages, expression trees, prefix, infix and postfix expressions and conversions, priority queues and heaps, search trees, hashing, Huffman codes, graphs, and graph algorithms.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in CPSC 1160; or permission of department. CPSC 1181 is recommended. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 2190 Theoretical Foundations of Computer Science
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

Covers sets and propositions; relations and functions; permutations, combinations and counting; induction proofs; graphs, trees and networks; Boolean algebra and mathematical models; application of theoretical concepts to program development.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1150 or 1155; and one of the following: a minimum "B" grade in Precalculus 12; or a minimum "C" grade in MATH 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174; or a minimum "C+" grade in Precalculus 12 and a minimum "C-" grade in Calculus 12; or MDT 85. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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CPSC 2221 Data Base Systems
3

Lecture Hours: 4.0 | Seminar: 0.0 | Lab: 2.0

A comprehensive introduction to theory and practice of designing and building databases and applications using database management systems. The relational model, relational algebra, SQL (the standard language for creating, querying, and modifying relational databases), UML or E/R approach to database design, as well as relational design principles based on functional dependencies and normal forms. Other topics include indexes, views, transactions, integrity constraints, and triggers. Students will design and implement a relational database for an enterprise as a major project using programming tools widely used in industry (e.g., Oracle).

Students will receive credit for only one of CPSC 1220 and 2221.

Prerequisite(s): A minimum "C" grade in one of CPSC 1040, 1045, 1150, or 1155. Prerequisites are valid for only three years.

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Two of
University-transferable ENGL (six credits)
6
Two of
University-transferable arts courses (six credits)
6
One
University-transferable course (three credits)
3

Term Notes:

Students who wish to participate in this Co-operative education option must maintain above-average academic standing and demonstrate potential for success in their chosen field.

One four month (minimum 420 hours) work term needs to be completed for a Co-op designated diploma. Employers provide Co-op instructors with job descriptions to be posted. Students submit their resumes via the Co-op instructors who will submit the package to the employer and arrange job interviews. Students are strongly encouraged to start building their professional network and be an active participant in self-marketing in order to source their Co-op work placement.

Employers make the hiring and establish the working conditions, salary and benefits. The Co-operative Education option has proven to be of great benefit to students. Students have the opportunity to apply their knowledge, to develop skills in a practical work setting, and to gain related experience before commencing their professional careers.