The Department of Biology offers undergraduate and graduate instruction in all the major fields of biology, with particular strength in Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.
Each undergraduate program in the Department centres on a prescribed core of courses, beyond which students have the opportunity to take a broad variety of elective courses so as to acquire an understanding of the multifaceted nature of biology today.
Graduate studies are based on research, with programs leading to the Master of Science degree (by research thesis) and the Doctor of Philosophy degree (by research dissertation). Required courses in the graduate program are designed to enhance understanding of current research in various fields, and to ensure students’ thorough knowledge of their research speciality. The research interests of faculty span the broad areas of animal physiology, molecular and cellular biology, and ecology and evolution.
While programs are rigorous and demanding the Department maintains an informal and friendly atmosphere encouraging interaction and exchange of ideas and equipment between faculty and all students.