Important note: July 17, 2018
Enrollment into BIOL 1001 for FW18-19 (all sections) is paused. It will resume shortly. Sorry for the inconvenience!
FW 18/19 Undergraduate Biology Courses (as of June 5)
Because of the strike we have removed the prerequisite checks from all courses during the enrolment period. Once the remediation period is over and/or just prior to the start of the Fall and Winter terms, we will then check to confirm that all students meet the prerequisites or fall under one of the special circumstances listed below.
Please note the following:
- BIOL 4350 (Comparative Chordate Anatomy) is now a third year course (BIOL 3350).
- BIOL 4220 now requires BIOL 3070, however, we will make exceptions as this change did not come about until Winter 2018.
- Fourth year Biology courses are restricted to Biology majors (e.g., Biomed, Biology, ENVB, Biochemistry) and minors.
SPECIAL CIRCUMSTANCES WHERE COURSES CAN BE TAKEN CONCURRENTLY WITH THEIR PREREQUISITES
For the FALL term only we are allowing students to take prerequisite courses with some of the courses for which they serve as prerequisites. Please note that if you are concurrently (at the same time) enrolled in a course with its prerequisite you will need to have a window opened for you. This means you will need to contact the Department of Biology after enrolling in the course that is the prerequisite. Priority for these special Fall offerings will be for students who lack the courses and are in the subsequent year of study (e.g., missing BIOL 1001 but if they had completed it in the summer would be considered in second year).
Please note that these are exceptions and all other prerequisites will be enforced. These exceptions are only for the Fall.
In Biology we normally strongly enforce prerequisites. This is because we want you to succeed in your courses and data show that students without prerequisites tend to have a significantly higher failure rate and poorer marks that students who do have the prerequisites. That being said we understand the situation that many of you are in and offer the following exceptions that will allow you to take prerequisites at the same time as the course they are required for in Fall 2018.
I need BIOL xxxx (i.e., BIOL 1001, BIOL 2021, BIOL 2040, BIOL 2070, or BIOL 3130) as a prerequisite to take courses in the Fall to progress through my degree – what can I do?
In the Fall 2018 term, in addition to BIOL 2040 and BIOL 2070, we will be offering the following courses not normally offered in that term:
- BIOL 1001 3.0
- BIOL 2021 3.0
- BIOL 3130 3.0
About the Department of Biology
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.
Congratulations to all our Biology Undergraduate and Graduate students who are graduating this June! Click here for a complete list.
Staff Recognition Awards
2015: Cristalina Del Biondo
2014: Maria Mazzurco