Pre-BDC Level II Elective Courses
BIOMEDDC 2C03 (Exploring Careers in Biomedical Sciences)* – 3 units
An inquiry-based course that will explore careers related to biochemistry and biomedical sciences, coupled with an exploration of the science behind each career. The course will include examination of the primary literature as it relates to each topic, culminating in a final presentation.
BIOMEDDC 2W03 (Write right for your science: Scientific writing for the biomedical sciences)* – 3 units
This course will develop fundamental writing skills with application to writing for the biomedical sciences. We will review basic principles of effective scientific writing, and review good and bad writing. Students will be given practical examples of science writing and will be given writing exercises with opportunities for frequent feedback and review to advance their written communications.
Testimonials from previous students:
“Going into second year, I did not feel very confident with the quality of my scientific writing. Most writing assignments through first-year focus on the content rather than the quality of writing, so I often underestimated the importance of editing and peer feedback. BIOMEDDC 2W03 equipped me with knowledge of the characteristics of good scientific writing and gave me an opportunity to focus on creating high-quality, well-communicated scientific writing. The fabulous feedback from Dr. MacDonald, Dr. Sloboda and Mercedes DiBernardo truly helped take my work to the next level and taught me the importance of feedback and editing when creating good quality writing. I am much more confident with my scientific writing skills and feel well prepared for writing article critiques, literature reviews and other scientific works in the future!” -Meghan K.
“Going into 2W03, I had a false sense of confidence in my ability to write effectively. The course helped me to both identify and improve areas of my writing that lacked. The skills I learned in this class have proven to be applicable in almost every other class I have taken. If I had to go back in time to choose my courses again, this would definitely be one of them!” – Andrei B.
*These courses are electives open to students in any program and are not requirements for entry into the BDC program. More details and course outlines available on the Department of Biochemistry & Biomedical Sciences website: https://healthsci.mcmaster.ca/biochem/education/undergraduate/courses.
BHSc IN BIOMEDICAL DISCOVERY & COMMERCIALIZATION PROGRAM
*If BIOCHEM 2B03 and 2BB3 not completed
The course is oriented for advanced undergraduate or graduate students in programs which require training in marketing but who have no previous background in commerce. The purpose of the course is to provide the students a high level overview of contemporary marketing concepts and a hands-on experiential component leading up to a marketing plan.
This course is intended for students who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge in those areas of business that lead to successful entrepreneurship and/or small business management.
An intensive two-term research project carried out under the supervision of a member or associate member of the Department of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences. The results will be presented to the department in a seminar or poster session as part of a senior thesis symposium.
This course will be a practical and hands-on foray into the world of commercialization of biomedical research. Students will conduct an in-depth examination of biomedical research with the goal of establishing a favoured avenue for commercialization. To this end, students will work in small groups with both individual and group assignments. The effort will be self-directed and under the mentorship of a content expert. Students will also benefit from lectures and guidance from commercialization experts in the McMaster Industry Liaison Office (MILO).
Nucleophilic substitutions at carbonyl centres, aromatic chemistry, carbohydrates, applications of spectroscopic techniques in organic chemistry. Registration priority will be given to students for whom this course is a program requirement.
Students must take CHEM 2OB3 if not complete before entering Level IV. Successful completion of both CHEM 2OA3 and 2OB3 (or equivalent) is strongly recommended prior to entry into the program.