Frequently Asked Questions
|Course Code||Course Title|
|BIOL 2010 4.0||Plant Biology|
|BIOL 2030 4.0||Animals|
|BIOL 2040 3.0||Genetics|
|BIOL 2050 4.0||Ecology (Note: BIOL 2060 is a co-requisite)|
|BIOL 2060 3.0||Statistics for Biologists|
BIOL 2020, 2021, 2070 and CHEM 2020/2021 require CHEM 1000 and 1001 as prerequisites.
In most cases you can use a non-Biology statistics course as a prerequisite for a course that requires BIOL 2060 (e.g. BIOL 2050, 4085) – check with the course director.
If you complete two statistics courses that are course credit exclusions, you will lose credit for the first one.
- You may be trying to enroll in a lab section that is full or that has not been opened yet. Please try to enroll in another lab section. Unfortunately we cannot guarantee space in the lab of your choice. Enrolments occur on a first come first served basis for most courses.
- Remaining spaces may be reserved for students in a particular program. In this case, you must wait until the course opens to all other students. The undergrad office can tell you when that will happen.
- For high-demand courses, we typically de-enroll students who lack the necessary prerequisites. While this is happening, enrollments in the course may be locked. Try again in a few hours or the next day.
If a prerequisite check is up and you lack the prerequisites you cannot enrol. If you have the prerequisites by transfer credit, please email email@example.com with all of the required information.
Some points that Biology transfer students should be aware of:
- If you have been given BIOL credits at the 1000 level, but NOT a course credit exclusion for BIOL 1000/1001, you will have to take BIOL 1000/1001.
- If you have been given BIOL credits at the 2000 level, but without course credit exclusions, you will be required to complete the entire second year core. For example, If you have credit for BIOL 2XXX 3.0 it means you have 3 BIOL credits at the second year level that will count towards your major credit totals but is not equivalent to any York course.
- Transfer credit for a course in statistics may not be used as part of the second year core, nor as a Biology credit, if course credit exclusion for BIOL 2060 3.0 has not been granted (for example you may receive MATH credit rather than BIOL).
- We suggest you make an advising appointment at least a year before graduation to ensure that all degree requirements are met.
- Courses at different institutions vary in terms of content, breadth and depth. You may have a course credit exclusion for a York course but still be missing some background, and/or may have completed a course elsewhere that overlaps with one or more York courses but not to a great enough extent to warrant a course credit exclusion.
- If you feel a course was not properly assessed, you may request a re-assessment. Contact the transfer credit office (Registrar, Bennett Centre) for the form and procedure.
|Program||BIOL 4000 (Honors Thesis)||BIOL 3100|
|B.Sc. (Bachelor)||No – Not Eligible||N/A|
|Specialized Honours (Biology)||Yes (3.0/8.0 credits)||Yes|
|Specialized Honours (Biotechnology)||Yes (3.0/8.0 credits)||Yes|
|Specialized Honours (Biomedical Science)||Yes (3.0/8.0 credits)||Yes|
|Honours Major (Biology)||Optional||Yes, if you plan to take BIOL 4000 3.0/8.0|
|Honours Major (Biology) with a Minor||Optional||Yes, if you plan to take BIOL 4000 3.0/8.0|
|Honours Major (Biomedical Sciences)||Optional||Yes, if you plan to take BIOL 4000 3.0/8.0|
|Double Major||Optional||Yes, if you plan to take BIOL 4000 3.0/8.0|
Note: not all non-science courses are acceptable as non-science GE courses.
For example, courses that focus on proficiency in a language are NOT considered eligible as General Education.
A list of approved courses that will satisfy the General Education requirement is available in the UG handbook, from Science Academic Services, and online. Please contact Science Academic Services if you need more information.
When you’re choosing your courses, keep your program requirements in mind, and look ahead to future years in your program. A long-term view is helpful so that you can complete prerequisites in time to allow you to take your preferred upper-year courses.
BIOL 1000 3.0, BIOL 1001 3.0, CHEM 1000 3.0, and CHEM 10013.0 are important prerequisites in most Biology programs. Failure to complete key prerequisite courses may result in delays in completing a degree program.
After reviewing all of the information under the advising section, if you still have questions visit Science Academic Services (for general questions), email firstname.lastname@example.org (for Biology-related questions), or make an appointment with a Biology advisor.
To graduate in an Honours Major program in Biology requires a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all biology courses completed, and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.
To declare, proceed and graduate in a Specialized Honours program (i.e., Biology, Biomedical Science, and Biotechnology) requires a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 6.00 (B) over all biology courses completed and a minimum cumulative credit-weighted grade point average of 5.00 (C+) over all courses completed.
The minimum 5.00 (C+) biology grade point average is not required where biology is the minor in an Honours Major/Minor program. Only the minimum 5.00 (C+) overall grade point average is required in that case.
What if I don’t meet the GPA requirements for my program?
Students who were admitted into an Honours program in Biology, but do not meet the GPA requirements, will be moved into the Bachelor Program in Biology.
If you have not yet completed ~75 credits, we generally recommend that you work on raising your average.
If you have completed ~75 credits, please make an appointment for advising, and we can assess your individual situation and discuss the options available to you.
If you want to discuss whether your concern requires a petition, speak to Science Academic Services or book an advising appointment. If you know you must petition but want to discuss the situation because it is complicated, in most cases it is best to start by speaking to Science Academic Services. They will refer you to the department or other advisors if needed.
The Counselling and Disability Services offers a range of services including personal counselling, group development workshops, learning skills training, and support for learning disabilities and psychiatric disabilities.
There are also many other support services on campus, such as those offered by Bethune College if you are a science student.
If you cannot write a final exam scheduled by the Registrar’s Office for religious reasons, download and complete the Examination Accommodation form (from the Registrar’s website) and contact your course director at least three weeks before the examination period begins to arrange an alternative date for your final exam.
Please see York’s Religious Accommodation Guidelines for more information.
Common reasons for reappraisal rationale that are NOT considered to be valid academic grounds:
- “I deserve more marks because I worked really hard and never missed a class.”
- “My mark does not reflect the amount of time, effort, understanding and knowledge of the material covered in the course.”
- “I got As and A+s in all my other courses.”
- “I’m really close to the letter grade cut-off.”
- “The majority of the other students ended up with a high grade and I am at least 2 letter grades below them.”
- “The TA marked too hard.”
- “I wasn’t feeling well and this interfered with my academic performance.” *
* Graders can only assess the work before them. Course Directors cannot guess at how you might perform under better circumstances and assign a grade based on that guess. However, in some cases, extenuating circumstances may be appropriate grounds for submitting a petition to drop a course after the drop deadline. Please consult the documentation regarding undergraduate petitions for more information; please consult the Registrar’s Office Academic Petitions Website.
Reappraisals are not automatically granted. Courses usually have guidelines and policies (including time limits) for reappraisal requests during the term, and formal grade reappraisals to a department (after release of final grades) must follow the university reappraisal policies. Many reappraisal requests are denied because students do not provide suitable academic grounds or follow the posted guidelines.
Students should be aware that where reappraisal requests are granted, the grade may be raised, lowered or confirmed.
If you miss a lab, you should first review the course outline and lab policies in the manual or on the course website to determine the course-specific policies in place. If you do not find any information, contact your laboratory coordinator as soon as possible and have documentation (e.g. a doctor’s note). The lab coordinator may allow you to make up the missed lab, if there is available space in another lab. (Some labs, particularly those extending across more than one week, cannot be made up.)
If you miss a midterm, refer to the course outline and website for course policies, and contact your course director as soon as possible, again, obtaining documentation.
If you miss your final exam, you will need to request deferred standing. Please consult the Deferred Standing (Final Exams and Assignment) website. Your professor may decide to grant or decline your request for a deferred exam. If your request is declined, you may submit a petition to write a deferred exam. (Please note that some professors routinely expect all students who miss a final exam to petition for permission to write a deferred exam.)
Please note that it is your responsibility to make arrangements with the course director to complete the course and to submit the Deferred Standing Agreement form to the Biology Department by the specified deadline (usually within a week of missing the final exam).
If you have been granted a deferred exam, check with your professor to find out the date, time and location of the exam.
- All courses that begin with SC, such as SC/BIOL, SC/CHEM, SC/NATS, etc.
- All courses from LE/ESSE and LE/CSE
- Some KINE/PSYC courses: as a general rule if the course description does not say it does NOT count towards science credit, then it is OK and will count as science.
- Some GEOG courses – as specified in the GEOG undergraduate supplementary calendar (please consult the Geography website/office/handbook)
Exceptions: course that are cross-listed to BCHM, BIOL, ENVB, as well as PHYS 1500 and CHEM 1500 do NOT count.