Genetics Core Courses

Students interested in studying Genetics should note that Grade 12 mathematics and chemistry are prerequisite to CHEM 1300. Students will also require Biology 40S (or equivalent) and any Grade 12 mathematics course (or equivalent) for entry to BIOL 1020 (the required prerequisite for BIOL 1030). If a student does not have 40s biology successful completion of BIOL 1000 - Foundations of life, will allow for registration in BIOL 1020.

First Year
  • BIOL 1020 Biology I - Principles and Themes
  • BIOL 1030 Biology II - Biological Diversity, Function and Interactions

To enter the Honours program in Genetics, a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00, and also obtained a minimum grade of “B” in BIOL 1030, and a minimum grade of “C+” in CHEM 1310. STAT 1000, MATH 1500 and the additional 3 credit hours of specified Mathematics courses are program requirements and students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses in first year.

To enter the Major Degree program in Genetics, a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 2.00, and also obtained a minimum grade of “C+” in BIOL 1030, and a minimum grade of “C” in CHEM 1310. STAT 1000, MATH 1500 and the additional 3 credit hours of specified Mathematics courses are program requirements and students are strongly encouraged to complete these courses in first year.

Majors and Honours overviews ( CO-OP options are described under Majors and Honours):

For Majors or Honours approval in Genetics you may contact the Associate Head of the Department of Biological Sciences Dr. Mark Belmonte or the Associate Head of the Department of Microbiology Dr. Georg Hausner

Please fill out either the Major or Honours form linked below.

Important Dates

December 11 – December 21: Fall Term Exam Period (includes tests and midterm exams for Fall/Winter Term classes)

December 22 – January 1: Winter Holiday (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Karen Dunmall PhD Oral Defense: “Pacific salmon in the Canadian Arctic Indicators of Change” — Tuesday, December 19 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Matthew Doering, PhD Proposal: “Adding spice to fungicides: Discovery of novel genes operating in specialised metabolite biosynthesis in Piper spp. (Piperaceae)” — Wednesday, December 20 at 11 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Jared Field, MSc Defense: “Alternative splicing of Bnip3 modulates calcium signals to prevent mitochondrail-dependent cell death and regulate gene expression” — Wednesday, December 20 at 1 p.m., 201 BSB.