Biological Sciences Core Courses

Entry into BIOL 1020 now requires 40s Chemistry, 40s Biology and one of the 40s Math courses from High School. 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 Biological Sciences Honours program a student must have completed at least 24 credit hours with a minimum GPA of 3.00, and obtained a minimum grade of "B" in BIOL 1030. CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310, STAT 1000 and 3 credit hours of Mathematics (eg: MATH 1200, MATH 1300 or MATH 1500), Physics (eg: PHYS 1020 or PHYS 1050) or Statistics and six credit hours from the faculty of Arts, which should include a "W" course, are program requirements. Students are strongly urged to complete these courses in first year.

To enter the Biological Sciences four year Major program a student must have completed a min­imum of 24 credit hours with a minimum DGPA of 2.00, and obtained a minimum grade of “C+” in BIOL 1030. CHEM 1300, CHEM 1310, STAT 1000 and 3 credit hours of Mathematics (eg: MATH 1200, MATH 1300 or MATH 1500), Physics (eg: PHYS 1020 or PHYS 1050) or Statistics and six credit hours from the faculty of Arts, which should include a "W" course, are program requirements. Students are strongly urged to complete these courses in first year.

Core requirements Majors or Honours students in the Department of Biological Sciences must complete the following core courses:

  • BIOL 2300 Principles of Ecology
  • BIOL 2500 Genetics I
  • BIOL 2520 Cell Biology

Students must take one course from Group A (below) and one course from Group B, and a further course from either Group A or group B.

Group A
  • BIOL 2200 The Invertebrates
  • BIOL 2210 The Chordates
Group B
  • BIOL 2240 The Non-Flowering Plants
  • BIOL 2242 The Flowering Plants
  • BIOL 2260 Biology of Fungi and Lichens
  • BIOL 2262 Biology of Algae
To fulfill the core requirements students must also complete
  • BIOL 3300 Evolutionary Biology
and one of:
  • BIOL 3400 Plant Physiology
  • BIOL 3470 Environmental Physiology of Animals I
  • BIOL 3472 Environmental Physiology of Animals II

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

For Majors or Honours approval in any theme area you may contact the Associate Head (undergraduate programs: Dr. Margaret Docker ) or any one of the theme chairs; Ecology and Environmental Biology (Dr. Gail Davoren ); Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology (Dr. Steve Whyard ); Evolution and Biodiversity (Dr. Jeffrey Marcus ); Environmental and Integrative Physiology ( Dr. Kevin Campbell ) and Integrative Biology (Dr. Kevin Scott ).

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Crackerjack Seminar - Christa Burstahler — Friday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m., 527 Buller.

General seminar: Crackerjack Seminar — Friday, October 27 at 3:30 p.m., 527 Buller.

General seminar: Workshop - Using Social Media Professionally — Monday, October 30 at 12:30 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Alison Loeppky PhD Proposal: “Elemental marking of hard structures in Lake Sturgeon, Acipenser fulvescens, to determine natal origin and reconstruct environmental life histories of individuals” — Thursday, November 2 at 1 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.