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
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Undergraduate Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Sessional Dates
Please see the Undergraduate Fall/Winter 2015-2016 Sessional Dates for updated information.
Important Scholarship Information for Honours students in their final year
We are inviting you to apply for one of our senior scholarships. The description and application process is below, and the deadline is Friday October 16, 2015. Please consider applying if you meet the eligibility criteria. Please note you must have already submitted a Student Financial Profile with Student Financial Services to be eligible to apply.
The William and Marguerite Davey Award Value of Award – $2,500.00
The William and Marguerite Davey Award has been established by K.G. Davey, Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus in Biology. The award will be granted to a student in the final year of an honours program in Biology at York who will be undertaking graduate study involving research in non-human biology at York or another University, and who, in the opinion of the faculty member most familiar with his or her work, shows the greatest promise as a researcher.
To be eligible, the recipient must
▪ be a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident or protected person and a resident or protected person and a resident of Ontario,
▪ demonstrate financial need (having completed the Student Financial Profile)
▪ have a minimum 7.0 (B+) GPA.
To apply for this award,
submit the following to P. Wilson, Undergraduate Program Director, Department of Biology, 108 FS:
a Curriculum vitae (resume)
a statement that clearly outlines why you meet the criteria for this award, including future research plans as defined by the award
names of 2 references who are faculty members in the Department of Biology.
DEADLINE: Friday October 16, 2015