Faculty of Science

To see a program overview, learn about the unique opportunities offered to students within this degree, and to connect to admission and faculty resource links, review the Life Sciences program pages:

The Co-operative Education option offers a solid academic background and valuable job experience. Note that when you start the Co-operative Education option, you will enter the regular program following Year 1 and transfer to the Co-operative Education option in Year 3.

LIFE SCIENCES

COMMON FIRST YEAR COURSES TO ALL LIFE SCIENCES PROGRAMS

BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interaction
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry

GENERAL HIGH SCHOOL PREREQUISITES FOR STUDY IN LIFE SCIENCES:

  • Biology 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Chemistry 40S minimum 50% required.
  • Math 40S (Pre-Calculus) minimum 60% is usually required.
    • If taking MATH 1230 (M) or STAT 1150 (M), minimum 70% required.
    • Math 40S (Applied), minimum 70%, acceptable for programs not requiring MATH 1500 (M), MATH 1510 (M) or MATH 1520 (M).
  • Physics 40S minimum 50% required if taking PHYS 1020 (M) or PHYS 1050.

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B.Sc. Bachelor of Science - Biochemistry

Joint Honours and Joint Four Year Major degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interaction 3
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1 or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2 or
MATH 1232 (M) Integral Calculus or
MATH 1710 (M) Applied Calculus 2
3
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 or
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics
3
PHYS 1030 (M) General Physics 2 or
PHYS 1070 Physics 2: Waves and Modern Physics
3
Faculty of Arts course(s), including a W course 3
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:


B.Sc. Bachelor of Science - Biological Sciences

Honours and Four Year Major degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interaction 3
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
Choose one of the following:
MATH 1240 (M) Elementary Discrete Mathematics
MATH 1300 (M) Vector Geometry and Linear Algebra or
MATH 1220 (M) Linear Algebra 1
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1 or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 or
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics
3
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 3
Faculty of Arts course(s), including a W course 3
Electives 3
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

  • If balancing entry to Biological Sciences, note that 24 credit hours, including BIOL 1020 and BIOL 1030 are required to declare the Honours or Major program.
    Minimum grades in required courses, as outlined in the Academic Calendar Biological Sciences Honours Degree Requirements and Biological Sciences Four Year Major Degree Requirements.
  • CHEM 1300 and CHEM 1310 are additionally recommended in Year 1 as they are prerequisites for 2000 level courses in the program for most theme areas.
  • Include a W course as part of the Faculty of Arts course(s) or as part of your electives; choose from the Recommended Introductory Courses list.
  • In Year 2, students will choose to pursue a theme area in one of the following:
    • Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
      Ecology and Environmental Biology– STAT 2000 (M) is also required and may be taken as part of your electives in Year 1
    • Environmental and Integrative Physiology
    • Evolution and Biodiversity
    • Integrative Biology
  • Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credit may be used to reduce the first year course load and as a prerequisite to 2000 level courses, where applicable.

B.Sc. Bachelor of Science - Genetics

Honours and Four Year Major degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interaction 3
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1 or
MATH 1520 (M) Introductory Calculus for Management and Social Sciences
3
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 or
STAT 1150 (M) Introduction to Statistics and Computing
3
Choose one of the following:
MATH 1240 (M) Elementary Discrete Mathematics
MATH 1300 (M) Vector Geometry and Linear Algebra or
MATH 1220 (M) Linear Algebra 1
MATH 1700 (M) Calculus 2 or
MATH 1232 (M) Integral Calculus or
MATH 1710 (M) Applied Calculus 2 
3
Faculty of Arts course(s), including a W course 3
Electives 3
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:


B.Sc. Bachelor of Science - Microbiology

Honours and Four Year Major degrees are available.

First Year Courses Credit Hours
MBIO 1010 Microbiology 1 3
BIOL 1020 Biology 1: Principles and Themes 3
BIOL 1030 Biology 2: Biological Diversity, Function and Interaction 3
CHEM 1300 Structure and Modelling in Chemistry 3
CHEM 1310 Introduction to Physical Chemistry 3
Choose one of the following:
MATH 1240 (M) Elementary Discrete Mathematics
MATH 1300 (M) Vector Geometry and Linear Algebra or
MATH 1220 (M) Linear Algebra 1
MATH 1500 (M) Introduction to Calculus or
MATH 1230 (M) Differential Calculus or
MATH 1510 (M) Applied Calculus 1
PHYS 1020 (M) General Physics 1 or
PHYS 1050 Physics 1: Mechanics
3
STAT 1000 (M) Basic Statistical Analysis 1 or
STAT 1150 (M) Introduction to Statistics and Computing
3
Faculty of Arts course(s), including a W course 3
Electives 3
Total Credit Hours 30

TIPS FOR CHOOSING COURSES:

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June 6, 2017

 

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