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Interested in Honours Biology but want more opportunities for research and lab experience? Then this program is perfect for you! Honours Biology - Discovery provides similar flexibility for electives and exploration of the many fields of Biology, yet you are required to complete a thesis and take 9 units of field or lab intensive courses, gaining practical knowledge and training.

Future Pathways

Graduate Studies

Research

Education

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

Microbiology

Zoology

Biotechnology

Pharmaceuticals

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 2A03 - Integrative Physiology of          Animals

BIOLOGY 2C03 – Genetics

BIOLOGY 2EE3 - Introduction to Microbiology and Biotechnology

BIOLOGY 2F03 - Fundamental and Applied Ecology​

BIOLOGY 2L03 - Experimental Design in Biology

BIOLOGY 3VV3 - Laboratory Methods in Molecular Biology

CHEM 2OA3 - Organic Chemistry I

STATS 2B03 - Statistical Methods for Science

Requirements

Enrolment in this program is limited and possession of the published minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. Selection is based on academic achievement but requires, as a minimum, 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:

Honours Biology

Discovery Sub-Plan

(B. Sc)