Biological sciences delve into the world of living organisms — from microbes, to human beings, to entire ecosystems. It is the science of life on, under and above earth.
The Department of Biological Sciences provides you with hands-on learning, moving you beyond textbooks and lectures to engaging research projects. Biology is a research-intensive science that can lead to a wide range of study areas, like environmental work, medicine, microbiology or agriculture. Exploring the nature of life leads biologists out into the world where they study how organisms interact with their environment, how they function and how they evolved over time.
Funding from the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has allowed Dr. Kim Stanford and her collaborators to produce a series of podcasts called Cows on the Planet. These podcasts explore science-based information on beef, cattle, and their environmental impact. Seven podcasts have already been produced with the most recent one dropping on September 9, 2021 where Dr. Tim McAllister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada discusses "super-bugs", antibiotic use by cattle, and his work comparing antimicrobial resistance in cattle and people.
While some courses like Biol 1010 and 1020 are offered in both the fall and spring semester, many other required classes are only offered once a year. As such it is important to plan ahead and take them in the appropriate year when they are offered to avoid downstream problems with pre-requisites for third and fourth year classes. Below is a list of the required classes for Biology major and when they are typically* offered. It does not include the list courses in third year where you have options.
Biol 1010 Cellular Basis of Life fall (2 sections) and spring semester
Biol 1020 Diversity of Life fall and spring semester
Biol 2000 Principles of Genetics fall and spring semester
Biol 2150 Biostatistics fall semester only
Biol 2200 Principles of Ecology fall semester only
Biol 2300 Cell Biology spring semester only
Biol 3300 Evolution spring semester only
Biol 4500 Seminars spring semester only
*based on the current schedule for 21/22 and tentative timetable for 22/23
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