The Biology Undergraduate Office has moved from 108 Farquharson to 102 Life Sciences Building. If you require any information, you may also email email@example.com or call 416-736-5745 (for 1st year courses) and 416-736-5311 (for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year courses).
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
PLEASE NOTE THAT PREREQUISITES ARE STRONGLY ENFORCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY
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 Building(FRQ) which is currently being renovated, 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, audio-visual and computing facilities.
This handbook provides information that will help you choose the right undergraduate program and courses to achieve your goals in Biology. Please pay special attention to the program requirements and course prerequisites for the various programs in Biology including the Specialized Honours Program, the Honours Major Program and the Honours Minor Program. Use the information on this website in combination with the Undergraduate Calendar for 2017-2018.
This website is primarily for current students. Prospective students should visit the Faculty of Science Future Students website.
For general questions and advice about your courses, please refer the menu on the left. For additional questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org, and for more substantive issues, please contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Professor Tamara Kelly (email@example.com). The Biology Undergraduate Office is located in the Life Sciences Building, Room 102.
I encourage you to explore the wide range of possibilities offered by Biology and I offer my best wishes for success.
Robert Tsushima, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Biology