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Honours Biology

(B. Sc)

An open program which allows students the freedom to explore various fields of biology, including physiology, plant biology, cell biology, biophysics, environmental science, immunology, psychology, and more! In Honours Biology, the possibilities for exploration are endless, and there is a lot of flexibility to do so. This program is great for those who are not sure on which specific field of biology they would like to pursue or for those who are seeking a minor to fill that extra elective space.


Future Pathways

Graduate Studies



Professional School (Medical, Law, Dental, etc.)





Notable Professors

Turlough Finan – functional investigations into nitrogen-fixing symbiotic bacteria


Jianping (JP) Xu – microbial mutations in natural environments and human populations


Patricia Chow-Fraser – human impacts on the ecological health of wetland and tributaries of Great Lakes


Ben Evans – evolutions of vertebrates from biogeographical and molecular perspectives


Brian Golding – molecular phylogenetics, population genetics, and bioinformatics

Examples of

Upper Year Courses

BIOLOGY 2B03 - Cell Biology

BIOLOGY 2A03 - Integrative Physiology of Animals

BIOLOGY 2C03 – Genetics

BIOLOGY 2EE3 - Introduction to Microbiology and Biotechnology

BIOLOGY 2F03 - Fundamental and Applied Ecology​

BIOLOGY 3FF3 - Evolution

CHEM 2OA3 - Organic Chemistry I

STATS 2B03 - Statistical Methods for Science


Completion of any Level I program with a Grade Point Average of at least 5.0 including:


6 units from the following with an average of at least 6.0 (between the courses) is required:

BIOLOGY 1A03 - Cellular and Molecular Biology

BIOLOGY 1M03 - Biodiversity, Evolution and Humanity


6 units from the following:

CHEM 1A03 - Introductory Chemistry I

CHEM 1AA3 - Introductory Chemistry II


3 units from the following:

MATH 1A03 - Calculus For Science I 

MATH 1LS3 - Calculus for the Life Sciences I


3 units from the following:

PHYSICS 1A03 - Introductory Physics

PHYSICS 1C03 - Physics for the Chemical and Physical Sciences


6 units from the Science I Course List

For more information, please visit the Academic Calendar below:

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