Biology

Biology (BIOL)

The Department offers a concentration, major, honours, and minor in Biology. A double major or double honours in Biology and another science can be completed. Students may pursue a cooperative education option. See the Cooperative Education Office for details.

The Department trains graduate students through the M.Sc. in Applied Science program. Consult the Graduate Academic Calendar for details.


Major in Biology:

For a Major in Biology, students must complete the following, which include courses that apply to the general requirements for the Bachelor of Science (see Section 3 for details on the requirements for BSc with major):

*Note: Up to six (6) credit hours of BIOL electives may be substituted with any of the following:

Note that these courses cannot count simultaneously as Biology electives and “other Science electives” (Regulation 6e) or Arts electives (Regulation 6c) for the Bachelor of Science with major.

Suggested Schedule

The following Schedule is suggested for students taking the Biology major program:

Year 1:

Year 2:

  • The following 2000-level Biology courses (15 credit hours)
  • CHEM 2346 Organic Chemistry for Life Sciences
    *(Students may substitute 2344 plus 2345 in lieu of 2346)
  • Six (6) credit hours non-Biology science
  • Three (3) credit hours in Arts or Economics
  • Three (3) credit hours of electives

Year 3:

  • Twelve (12) credit hours BIOL at the 3000 level or above
  • Three (3) credit hours non-Biology science
  • Three (3) credit hours from Arts or Economics
  • Twelve (12) credit hours of electives

Year 4:

  • Twelve (12) credit hours BIOL at the 4000 level or above
  • Eighteen (18) credit hours of electives

Double Major in Biology:

To complete a double major in Biology and another science, students must complete all of the major requirements above, except that they need only complete fifteen (15) credit hours of BIOL electives at the 3000 and 4000-level, with at least six (6) credit hours at each of the 3000 and 4000-levels.


Honours in Biology:

 

Students with a CGPA of 3.00 out of 4.3 or above are encouraged to apply for admission to the honours program. Students must secure a supervisor for the honours thesis (BIOL 4500) before applying in the honours program.  Check the Department website for research interests of the faculty.  For honours in Biology, students must fulfill the major requirements plus

 

 

  • BIOL 4549 Honours Seminar
  • BIOL 4500 Honours Thesis
  • BIOL 3308 Biostatistics
  • Three (3) additional credit hours in Biology at the 4000-level, for a total of 30 credit hours of Biology electives at the 3000 and 4000-level, with at least 12 credit hours at each of the 3000 and 4000-levels.

 

 

 

Students must achieve a Degree GPA of 3.00 out of 4.3 or above on all those courses presented in fulfillment of the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology requirements.

Double Honours in Biology:

The requirements from biology for Double Honours (which includes Biology) are the same as those for the major, plus

 Students must achieve a Degree GPA of 3.00 out of 4.3 or above on those courses presented in fulfillment of the Bachelor of Science with Honours in Biology requirements.


Concentration in Biology:

Students interested in a career in the health professions are advised not to pursue a 3 year BSc with concentration in Biology as a 4 year degree is required for admission to most programs.

Requirements for a 3 year BSc with concentration in Biology are as follows (in addition to the normal requirements for the Bachelor of Science):


Minor in Biology:

Requirements for a minor in Biology are: