Introduction to Biochemistry


This course is offered for Specialist students in Biochemistry, Immunology and Molecular Genetics. It is designed as a foundation course for those students wishing to pursue graduate studies in research or research careers within government and industry. The course is divided into five parts and covers bioinformatics, essential elements of protein and enzyme structure and function, biomembranes and membrane proteins, metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids and proteins, and molecular and cell biology. BCH242Y is designed to complement molecular and cell biology topics covered in BIO130H, 230H and is a prerequisite for the third year courses BCH340H, MGY311Y and the laboratory course BCH377H.

**Please Note** There are 5 laboratories in this course and labs will be held on 5 Wednesdays from 9am-12 noon. Tutorials Help Sessions will also be held on designated Wednesday throughout the year (11-12noon). Lectures will be given Mondays, most Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am. Please keep lab, lecture and tutorial sessions in mind when planning your schedule.

Note: Students who require a full year biochemistry for professional school programs and are not in the B.I.G. specialist programs are advised to take the Biochemistry I (BCH210H) and Biochemistry II (BCH311H).

Course Next Offered

September 2021 - in-person

Course Time and Location

Lectures: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10am - 11am (MSB 4279)
Tutorials (Approximately biweekly): Wednesday 11am (MSB 4279)
Laboratories (Five throughout the year): Wednesdays 9am-12 noon (MSB 2380, 2382, 2384)


(CHM138H1, CHM139H1)/CHM151Y1

Enrollment Limit




Method of Student Evaluation

20% Laboratories
10% Participation
54% Five Term Tests throughout the year
10% Poster presentation
6% Assignments

Recommended Reading

Biochemistry, 4th edition, D.Voet and J.G.Voet (2011, Wiley & Sons)


Karen L. Maxwell

Karen L. Maxwell

MaRS Centre, West Tower
661 University Ave., Suite 1600

Sian Patterson

Sian Patterson

Medical Sciences Building Room 5221
1 King's College Circle
University of Toronto


Last Updated 24 June 2021