Faculty of Sciences

Master of Science in Life and Earth Sciences

Hybrid

Mission

The mission of the Department of Earth and Life Sciences is to provide students the opportunity to explore biology and geology and the methods for educating in these areas. We are committed to excellence in our teaching and research programs.

Program Educational Objectives

1. Graduates will have extended knowledge, skills, and experience in the field of physiology/genetics and developed abilities of leadership, collaboration, and communication.
2. Graduates will be able to conduct original research in a biological sub‐discipline, including the design of...
experiments with appropriate controls.
3. Graduates will be able to apply professional ethics in the conduct of science.
4. Graduates will be able to use their knowledge and abilities to answer questions and solve problems in the complex and interactive context of local, regional, and global issues and concerns

Program Outcomes

a. An ability to search the current scientific literature and understanding to apply the scientific method properly.
b. An ability to demonstrate an understanding of experimental design, methods, and data analyses pertinent to their research area, including hypothesis construction and relevant experimental controls.
c. An ability to develop and execute a scientific research that represents a substantial contribution to their discipline (genetics or physiology).
d. An ability to develop sufficient writing and oral skills to communicate the results of their research.
e. An ability to act in accordance with the ethical, legal, quality, and values of the profession.
f. Be prepared to seek employment or continued graduate work in physiology or genetics or a related discipline.
g. An ability to analyze and explain the relationship between the human being and the environment.
h. An ability to analyze and explain basic genetics and applications.
36 credits
Common Core
ENG510Advanced Academic English
2 credits
This course is designed for graduate students working on their thesis. It gives them the opportunity to enhance their writing abilities and develop their critical thinking. It attempts to help students achieve greater competency in reading, writing, reflection, and discussion emphasizing the responsibilities of written inquiry and structured reasoning. Students are expected to investigate questions that are at issue for themselves and their audience and for which they do not already have answers. In other words, this course should help students write about what they have learned through their research rather than simply write an argument supporting one side of an issue or another.
BIO511Applied Immunology
3 credits
The course reviews the normal function of the immune system, recognizing and eradicating pathogens and other foreign molecules, and reports on abnormalities leading to aberrant immune responses and specific immunity. The theoretical aspect is supported by case studies and recent findings discussed through the analysis of scientific articles published recently.
BCH513Ecotoxicology
3 credits
Ecotoxicology is a relatively new science, whose main objective is to analyze the mechanism responsible for the dysfunction of ecological systems. This course covers the fundamentals of ecotoxicology (toxicokinetic and toxicodynamic regulation) to introduce the students to a risk assessment approach. The different ecotoxicological fundamental principles are illustrated by numerous examples of common contaminants such as heavy metals, PAHs, organochlorine pesticides, etc. and emerging pollutants such as endocrine disruptors and nanoparticles. This course educates and informs students about the health risks associated with exposure to substances in industrial environments, in food and in the general environment. The knowledge gained will make them alert to and ready to declare any disruption to their health industry leaders and hygienists.
SCF600Research Methodology
1 credits
The objective of the course is to introduce students to scientific research. Topics covered are: interest and research objectives; methodologies used in scientific research, and how to define a problematic; data collection; documentary research; analyze the collected knowledge; structure of a Master thesis; write a report; write the bibliography; make a scientific poster; and how to approach making an oral presentation.
STA515Statistical Analysis Methods
3 credits
The purpose of this course is to strengthen the knowledge of students in the field of applied statistics by minimizing the mathematical approach and developing practical and methodological aspects. It presents the main techniques of most known statistical tests (descriptive and inferential statistics, explanatory methods, and data analysis). The course provides an overview and practical main methods available in software, with an aid to the interpretation of the results and through fully processed examples using the statistical software SPSS. Most of the themes will be covered by this course including the analysis of Variance (ANOVA test), comparisons of samples (t­test and Chi-square), single and multiple regression.
CHM511Techniques for Quality Control
3 credits
This course is dedicated to quality and control. It looks at how to implement quality control practices and which criteria are involved in quality control. To understand all dimensions of quality control, the fields of drugs, food and the environment are discussed. The focus on these areas is explained by the improvement requirements for continuous quality.
Specialization
SVT601Special Topics in LES - I
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SCF600 Or FSC600 Or CHM600 Or BCH600
Topics selected from recent literature on life and earth sciences are studied in depth. A combination of workshops, announced seminars and announced conferences will be given covering assigned material. For the literature club students will be responsible for submitting several one­page summaries of articles from the current scientific literature. Summaries will be graded on relevance, critical analysis and presentation. Submissions will be made available via eLearning and may become part of the material covered by quiz/exam questions.
SVT602Special Topics in LES - II
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SVT601
Topics selected from recent literature on life and earth sciences are studied in depth. A combination of workshops, announced seminars and announced conferences will be given covering assigned material. For the literature club students will be responsible for submitting several one­page summaries of articles from the current scientific literature. Summaries will be graded on relevance, critical analysis and presentation. Submissions will be made available via eLearning and may become part of the material covered by quiz/exam questions.
SVT603Tutorial in LES
1 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SVT601
The topic of the Master’s thesis is studied in depth. A combination of workshops, announced seminars and announced conferences will be given covering assigned material. Summaries will be graded on relevance, critical analysis and presentation. Submissions will be made available via eLearning and may become part of the material covered by quiz/exam questions.
Option: Genetics
BIO510Applied Biotechnology
3 credits
This course covers the basic principles of biotechnology. The first part is a reminder of the analysis of the genome of prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, methods of recombinant DNA, and in vitro cultures. In the second part, it studies in detail animal and plant transgenesis and their various applications. Industrial methods of preparation of biomolecules (amino acids, organics, antibiotics, etc.) and the use of microorganisms in the environment sector (green biotechnology) will also be examined. Exercises and item analysis supplement this course to give a better understanding and an insight to current research and scientific progress based on biotechnology.
BIO644Basic Genomics
3 credits
The aim of this course is to familiarize students with global approaches in genomics, their advantages and limitations. Several methods will be introduced (genome sequencing, comparative genomics, functional genomics, etc.), and practical examples will be given for each situation.
BIO640Genetic Engineering
3 credits
This course examines the methods of genetic engineering and screening of genomic and cDNA banks. Also covered are the methods of global analysis of the genome and its expression, site­directed mutagenesis, gene expression in heterologous hosts and gene therapy. Legal and ethical issues related to genetic engineering will be mentioned without being developed. Exercises will be performed and aim to simulate genetic engineering problems encountered in research and development. Practical applications will illustrate major achievements of genetic engineering chosen in different fields of application. Therefore, students will perform critical analysis of recent scientific articles.
BIO645Structural and Functional Proteomics
3 credits
Whole genome sequencing of many organisms, including humans, has created new fields of research. After the study of genomes came the study of proteomes (entire sets of proteins expressed by a genome), mainly known as structural and functional proteomics. This course aims to introduce concepts and methods in proteomics (structure analysis, organization, purification and detection techniques, as well as study of protein interactions), and to draw the scientific approach leading from a genetic structure to the structural and functional properties of a protein.
Option: Cellular and Molecular Physiology
BIO624Endocrine Physiology
3 credits
This course will enable master’s students in physiology to understand the physiologic mechanisms of the endocrine regulation of the organ functions. It covers the regulation, liberation and action (effect) of the different hormones. At the end of each topic, the pathologies due to a lack or excess of the hormones studied will be discussed. At the end of the course the students should be able to recognise most of the hormones produced in the human organism and should be able to understand and analyze the different endocrine pathologies and suggest, when possible, treatment methods.
BIO652Environmental Physiology
3 credits
At the completion of this course, students will have knowledge of environmental hazards with known and possible risks and they will have a better understanding of how these hazards are formed, their fate and distribution in the environment, and how to assess their potential effects in humans. This course will not be a comprehensive survey of all areas of study within environmental physiology, but instead will cover a few major topics in detail like endocrine, developmental and reproductive physiology.
BIO622Physiology of the Contractile Structures
3 credits
This course will enable the students in the Master’s degree to deepen their theoretical bases and experimental approach in muscular physiology and physiopathology. In this course, the anatomy, the histology, the functioning and regulation of skeletal, cardiac and smooth muscles will be covered. This course will introduce the students to the scientific reasoning and to the research by describing and analyzing scientific articles.
BIO623Reproductive Physiology and Development
3 credits
The primary goal of this course is to provide an understanding of how the reproductive system of the human body works to create and sustain life. The course starts with an introduction to basic endocrinology, anatomy and physiology of the human reproductive system and examines the processes and regulations of fertilization, pregnancy, birth and human development. Birth control, infertility and sexually transmitted diseases are also discussed.
Capstone
SVT697AMaster Thesis
6 credits    |    Pre-requisite: SCF600 Or FSC600 Or CHM600 Or BCH600
Student must complete a 6 credits research project applied to the major. They are expected to realize a research work in the laboratory, submit a written report and make an oral presentation.
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