Biology, the science of life is concerned with the structure and function of organisms, their evolution and ecology. The Department of Biology offers undergraduate instruction in all the major fields of biology, with particular strength in Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While each specialized program in the Department of Biology centres on a prescribed core of courses, 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.
The Biology faculty includes accomplished and internationally renowned research scientists who are dedicated to helping students acquire critical learning, analytical and scientific skills. These skills provide students with a better understanding of the beauty, complexity and fragility of the natural world and facilitate engagement in informed discussions of scientific questions. Our goal is to provide students with an excellent well-rounded education in life sciences that can lead to fulfilling careers in industry, academia and government. We strive to inspire and engage our students through lectures, laboratory courses, field courses, and independent study programs. An important component of the undergraduate program in Biology for Honours students is the opportunity to do an Honours Thesis based on laboratory and/or field investigations under the supervision of a faculty member.
The Department of Biology is housed in three separate buildings on campus: Farquharson Life Science Building (FS), Lumbers Building (LB), and Life Sciences Building (LSB). All first year and some second year laboratories are offered in the new LSB with state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.
This website is primarily for current students. Prospective students should visit the Faculty of Science Future Students website.
Samuel Benchimol, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biology
Biology Group Advising Sessions
To help you choose your second year courses, we provided group advising sessions for students in B.Sc. Biology and B.Sc. Biology, Biomedical Science Stream. For those who were unable to attend, the videos can now be found online.
For students in the Biotechnology or Environmental Biology programs, if you require assistance in choosing courses for the following year, please contact the Undergraduate Biology Office.
SCIENCE@50 – Biology Day (Currently Postponed)
- Panel Session: Careers in Biology with Alumni
- Graduate Student Poster Session
- Plenary Session by Dr. John Coleman, Professor and Senior Scientific Advisor, Algenol
- Networking Opportunities
Please RSVP at EventBrite.
We look forward to seeing you at Biology Day 2015!
TASTE Lunch 2015
TASTE by the Career Centre provides York students with an opportunity to talk face to face with a York alumna/us about their career-related interests. The program pairs two students with a York graduate over an informal lunch setting during which the alumna/us shares information about their job, industry, and organization while students gain inside information and inspiration from someone who’s been there. This year we have Nama Vythilingum, a Pharmaceutical Sales Associate from GlaxoSmithKline, as our TASTE Biology alumnus. This lunch session will happen on Friday February 27th, 2015.
Please visit TASTE to apply for this great opportunity to speak with an alumnus in your field of study! If you are concerned about not having the prerequisite, it is suggested that you apply anyway and we can prepare them in person or over the phone in advance.
Data Collection Assistant
Want to get paid $540 for 40 hours as a Data Collection Assistant? We’re looking for multiple Data Collection Assistants for one full week in March during weekdays from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Min. 8 hours over two days). This job involves printing, organizing, filing, storing, labelling, and transcribing materials related to the data collection process. Familiarity with the science buildings on campus is necessary. Please direct all inquiries to our email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Project START (Students, Teachers, and Researchers Teach) Science! sparks and keep aflame the excitement of public school children for science/STEM. Science students at York are coordinating this program.
The program entails groups of undergraduate students leading hands-on science modules for a class of elementary school students. The hands-on activities are conducted with one “START Leader” at each table of 3-4 students, allowing for more individualized attention. We have multiple classes running in parallel instead of just one class. The modules are all in STEM related fields, including Biology, Physics, Engineering, Health, Neuroscience and Chemistry.
The kids conduct electroplating experiments, bacterial growth cultures, cyanoacrylate fingerprint development, and many other activities, learning the science behind these exciting hands-on projects. InsideToronto.com featured us in an article engaging young students in science experiments.
Stay in touch with us through our Project START! Science Canada’s Facebook page!
Interested in participating? Sign up!