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INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY

PROGRAMS
Honours Biological Sciences
Honours Biological Science with thesis
Honours Molecular Biology and Biotechnology
BSc Honours Program in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience (Joint Program with Psychology)
BSc Honours Biology and Biochemistry (Health and Biomedical Stream)
Concurrent Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biological Sciences/Bachelor of Education [no new admissions as of Fall 2014]
Concurrent Bachelor of Science (Honours) Biological Sciences(with thesis)/Bachelor of Education [no new admissions as of Fall 2014]
Combined Honours Programs
Major and Minor Concentrations - Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (IAS) - Biological Sciences
Minor in Biological Sciences

Additional Information: Program Information
GENERAL UNDERGRADUATE REGULATIONS

Honours Biological Sciences
Undergraduate students may be allowed, with the consent of the instructor, to take one graduate course for credit.

Degree Requirements:

Total courses: forty.

(a) twenty courses, including the “Core” courses BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, BIOL-2101, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2131, and BIOL-3142; and fourteen other Biology courses. At least nine courses must be at the 300 level or above. (Recommended: BIOL-2071 and BIOL-3022.)
(b) eight Science courses, including CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110, CHEM-2300, BIOC-2010, STAT-2910, MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760)*, and at least one pair of both ESCI-1100 and ESCI-1111, or both PHYS-1300 and PHYS-1310, or both PHYS-1400 and PHYS-1410, or both COMP-1047 or COMP-2067 and COMP-2057, or both COMP-1400 and COMP-1410, or both ESCI-1120 and ESCI-1130;
(c) six additional Science courses (five additional courses if taking MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760) and MATH-1730)* excluding **ECON-XXXX and including additional courses in Biology. At least two of these courses must be at the 300 level or above;
(d) four courses from Arts/Languages or Social Sciences, with at least one from each;
(e) two courses from any area of study.

*It is recommended that students who have taken MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760) also take MATH-1730.
**ECON-XXXX courses will be counted as Social Science courses.

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirement (a), and any courses taken in the major area(s) of study.

Honours Biological Sciences with Thesis

Undergraduate students may be allowed, with the consent of the instructor, to take one graduate course for credit.

Degree Requirements:

Total courses: forty.

(a) twenty courses, including the “Core” courses BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, BIOL-2101, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2131, and BIOL-3142; and fourteen other Biology courses including BIOL-4904*. At least nine courses must be at the 300 level or above. (Recommended: BIOL-2071 and BIOL-3022.)
(b) eight Science courses, including CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110, CHEM-2300, BIOC-2010, STAT-2910, or MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760)**, and at least one pair of both ESCI-1100 and ESCI-1111, or both PHYS-1300 and PHYS-1310, or both PHYS-1400 and PHYS-1410, or both COMP-1047 or COMP-2067 and COMP-2057, or both COMP-1400 and COMP-1410, or both ESCI-1120 and ESCI-1130;
(c) six additional Science courses (five additional courses if taking MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760) and MATH-1730), excluding ***ECON-XXXX and including additional courses in Biology. At least two of these courses must be at the 3000 level or above;

(d) four courses from Arts/Languages or Social Sciences, with at least one from each;
(e) two courses from any area of study.

*Only students who have maintained a major average of 70% and a cumulative average of 60% will be considered for enrolment permitted to enroll in BIOL-4904. Registration in BIOL-4904 is competitive and requires the consent of the Head of Department.
**It is recommended that students who have taken MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760) also take MATH-1730.
***ECON-XXXX courses will be counted as Social Science courses

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirement (a), and any courses taken in the major area(s) of study.


Honours Molecular Biology and Biotechnology

Degree Requirements:

Total courses: 40

(a) Biological Sciences: BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, BIOL-2101, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2071, BIOL-2131, BIOL-3142, BIOL-3500, BIOL-3530, BIOL-3581*, BIOL-4560, BIOL-4570, BIOL-4904*
(b) Chemistry and Biochemistry: CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110, CHEM-2300, BIOC-2010, BIOC-3100, BIOC-3110, BIOC-3130, BIOC-4010.
(c) COMP-1047 or COMP-2067, MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760)**, STAT-2910, and one pair of both PHYS-1400 and PHYS-1410 or both PHYS-1300 (or PHYS-1400) and PHYS-1310 (not pair PHYS-1300 and PHYS-1410)
(d) Five courses from the list of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Courses (see below);
(e) Three courses from the list of Chemistry and Biochemistry and other Biology Courses (see below);
(f) Four courses from any other area of study or, if taking MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760) and MATH-1730, three courses. (Recommended: at least one Arts course and one Social Science course).

Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Courses: BIOL-3022, BIOL-3070 or BIOL-3071, BIOL-3550, BIOL-3571, BIOL-4530, BIOL-4540, BIOL-4590

Chemistry and Biochemistry and other Biology Courses; BIOL-2480***, BIOL-4008, BIOL-4232, BIOL-4440***, BIOL-4450***, BIOL-4481***, CHEM-2200, CHEM-2500, CHEM-3210, BIOC-4030, and BIOC-4050.

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE
First Year: ten courses, including BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110, COMP-1047 (or COMP-2067), MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760), PHYS-1300 or PHYS-1400, PHYS-1310 or PHYS-1410, and STAT-2910.
Second Year: ten courses, including BIOL-2101, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2131, BIOL-2071, CHEM-2300, and BIOC-2010.
Third Year: nine courses, including BIOL-3142, BIOL-3500, BIOL-3530, BIOL-3581*, BIOC-3100, BIOC-3110, and BIOC-3130.
Fourth Year: nine courses, including BIOL-4904*, BIOL-4560, BIOL-4570, and BIOC-4010.

*BIOL-3581 and BIOL-4904 are 6 credit, 2 semester courses. Only students who have maintained a major average of 70% and a cumulative average of 60% will be considered for enrolment in BIOL-4904. Registration in BIOL-4904 is competitive and requires the consent of the Head of Department.
**It is recommended that students who have taken MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760) also take MATH-1730.
***BIOL-4440, BIOL-4450, and BIOL-4481 require the pre-requisite BIOL-2480

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirements (a) and (b), and any courses taken in the major area(s) of study.


BSc Honours in Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience (This is a joint program with Psychology)

Neuroscience is a strong and growing field that strives to understand brain function at the molecular, behavioural and cognitive levels. This interdisciplinary program comprises required courses primarily from the departments of Biological Sciences and Psychology. Students also participate in bi-weekly research colloquia. In their final year, students prepare a research-based thesis in behaviour, cognition or neuroscience. Students must maintain an average of 70% or higher in Biology and Psychology courses. Entry to the fourth year thesis course, PSYC-4960, requires a psychology average of 77% for Behaviour, Cognition and Neuroscience majors. Only students who have maintained a major average of 70% and a cumulative average of 60% will be considered for enrolment in BIOL-4904. Registration in BIOL-4904 is competitive and requires the consent of the Head of Department.

Degree Requirements:

T
otal courses: forty.

(a) Biological Sciences: BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, BIOL-2040, BIOL-2101, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2131, BIOL-2480, BIOL-3142, BIOL-4450, and BIOL-4481; plus one additional biology course.
(b) Psychology: PSYC-1150, PSYC-1160, PSYC-2230, PSYC-2560, PSYC-3130, PSYC-3220 (or PSYC-3230), PSYC-3350, PSYC-3530, PSYC-3580 and one of PSYC-3370, PSYC-4230, or PSYC-4570.
(c) Biological Sciences or Psychology: BIOL-3230 or PSYC-3550 ;BIOL-3022 (or PSYC-2300); and an honours thesis in the area of behavioural or cognitive neuroscience chosen from BIOL-4904, or PSYC-4960 and PSYC-4970, or CHEM-4900.
(d) STAT-2910 or SOSC-2500;
(e) one pair of both PHYS-1300 and PHYS-1310, or both PHYS-1400 and PHYS-1410, or both COMP-1047 (or COMP-2067) and COMP-2057, or both ESCI-1100 and ESCI-1111, or both ESCI-1120 and ESCI-1130
(f) CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110, CHEM-2300, BIOC-2010;
(g) two courses from Arts and Social Sciences excluding Psychology;
(h) four courses at 300 level or above in Biology, Chemistry, Psychology, or Kinesiology;
(i) two courses from any area of study MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760) is recommended).

Non-credit course: Colloquia and Seminars in Current Behaviour, Cognitive and Neuroscience Research: bi-weekly presentations of recent research by investigators within the university and from other universities and research institutions. Attendance by key faculty members and all students is expected. A notation will be added to the student's transcript upon successful completion of the course.

RECOMMENDED COURSE SEQUENCE
First Year: ten courses, including BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110, PSYC-1150, PSYC-1160, SOSC-2500 or STAT-2910; at least one pair of both PHYS-1300 and PHYS-1310, or both PHYS-1400 and PHYS-1410 or both COMP-1047 (COMP-2067) and COMP-2057, or both PHYS-1300 and PHYS-1310, or both ESCI-1100 and ESCI-1111, or both ESCI-1120 and ESCI-1130, and one additional course (MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760) recommended).
Second Year: ten courses, including BIOL-2040, BIOL-2101, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2131, BIOL-2480, PSYC-2230, PSYC-2300, CHEM-2300 and BIOC-2010.
Third Year: ten courses, including PSYC-2560, BIOL-3142, BIOL-3230 or PSYC-3550*, PSYC-3130, PSYC-3530, and PSYC-3580
Fourth Year: ten courses: including PSYC-3220 (or PSYC-3230), PSYC-3350, BIOL-4481, one of PSYC-3370, PSYC-4230, or PSYC-4570, BIOL-4904 (or PSYC-4960 and PSYC-4970, or CHEM-4900), and BIOL-4450.

*BIOL-3230 or PSYC-3550 should be taken in third or fourth year.

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirements (a) to (c), and any courses taken in the major area(s) of study.


BSc Honours Biology and Biochemistry (Health and Biomedical Stream)
(This program is also listed under Biochemistry programs)

Degree Requirements:

Total courses: forty.

(a) BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, BIOL-2021, BIOL-2040, BIOL-2050, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2131, BIOL-2071, BIOL-2480, BIOL-3142, BIOL-3500 or BIOL-3530, BIOL/BIOC-3581(6.0 credits), CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110, CHEM-2200, CHEM-2300, BIOC-2010, BIOC-3100, BIOC-3130.
(b) six courses from the following: BIOL-3550, BIOL-3070*, BIOC-3110, BIOC-3310, BIOL-3500, BIOL-3071*, BIOL-3530, BIOL-3571, CHEM-2400, CHEM-3210, BIOL-4252, BIOL-4440, BIOL-4481, BIOL-4530, BIOL-4540, BIOL-4550, BIOL-4560, BIOL-4904**, CHEM-4900**, BIOC-4010, BIOC-4030, BIOC-4050, BIOC-4020, PHYS-3700, of which at least two must be from: BIOL-3071*, BIOL-3571, CHEM-2400, CHEM-3210 and of which at least two must be at the 400 level.
(c) five science courses, including: PHYS-1400, PHYS-1410, MATH-1720, MATH-1730, STAT-2910;
(d) four courses from Arts/Languages or Social Sciences, with at least one from each;
(e) five courses from any area of study.

* Note that BIOL-3070 & BIOL-3071 are antirequisites.

** Undergraduate research courses are taken both in Fall & Winter (as two courses).Only students who have maintained a major average of 70% and a cumulative average of 60% will be considered for enrolment in BIOL-4904. Similarly students who have maintained a major average of 70% and a cumulative average of 70% will be considered for enrolment in CHEM-4900. Registration in BIOL-4904 and CHEM-4900 is competitive and requires the consent of the appropriate Head of Department.

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirement (a), and any courses taken in the major area(s) of study.

Students considering application to some Pharmacy schools are advised to take CHEM-2400 and CHEM-2310 (Introductory Organic Chemistry II).

Students plannning to write the MCAT may wish to take PSYC-1150 and PSYC-1160 as Social Science courses.
Qualified students who find a supervisor may complete a thesis option (BIOL-4904 or CHEM-4900) as part of their degree program.

Students considering applying to professional schools are advised to look at individual admission requirements for programs of interest when choosing courses. Regular (annual) academic advising is strongly recommended for all students in this program.


Combined Honours Biological Sciences Programs

Degree Requirements:

Total courses: forty.

(a) Biological Sciences: fourteen courses, including the "Core" courses of BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, BIOL-2101, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2131, and BIOL-3142. In addition to BIOL-3142, at least five courses must be at the 300 level or above.
(b) Course requirements-Other Subject: courses used to calculate the major average in the other subject area, as prescribed by that area of study.
(c) CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110, CHEM-2300, BIOC-2010, MATH-1720 (or MATH-1760), STAT-2910, and one pair of both COMP-1047 or COMP-2067 and COMP-2057, or both COMP-1400 and COMP-1410, or both ESCI-1100 and ESCI-1111, or both PHYS-1300 and PHYS-1310, or both PHYS-1400 and PHYS-1410, or both ESCI-1120 and ESCI-1130
(d) additional courses from any area of study to a total of forty.

Courses used to calculate the major average are: courses listed under requirements (a) and (b), and any courses taken in the major area(s) of study.


Major and Minor Concentrations - Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Arts and Science (IAS) - Biological Sciences

Major Concentration: BIOL-2101; BIOL-2111; BIOL-2131; BIOL-3142; CHEM-2300; BIOC-2010; one additional 2000-level course; two 200 or 3000-level courses; three 3000-level or above courses. (Additional requirements: BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110.)

Minor Concentration: BIOL-2101; BIOL-2111; BIOL-2131; BIOL-3142; one other 2000-level course; one 3000-level or above courses. (Additional requirements: BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, CHEM-1100, CHEM-1110.)


Minor in Biological Sciences

A minor in Biological Sciences requires an average of 60% or better in the six Biology courses, BIOL-1101, BIOL-1111, BIOL-2101, BIOL-2111, BIOL-2131, and BIOL-3142.

PROGRAM INFORMATION AND REGULATIONS

Placement
Students without Grade 12“U” Biology or equivalent and who were admitted to other University programs may be allowed to substitute Biology BIOL-1003 and BIOL-1013 as prerequisites for Biology BIOL-1101 and BIOL-1111 provided that a combined average of at least 70% is obtained in those courses. However, they will not receive credit towards a BSc degree in Biological Sciences for BIOL-1003 and BIOL-1013.

Areas of Study in Biological Sciences
The BSc in Biological Sciences provides entry to a broad range of teaching, research, and biomedical careers. Most require formal, post-graduate training, and it is the student's responsibility to determine, as early as possible, the specific requirements of programs to which he or she wishes to proceed.

Programs in Biological Sciences provide a solidly based background ensuring that the general requirements of post-graduate programs will be fulfilled. The array of courses offered is such that students may emphasize areas of particular interest or aptitude. Advice on career paths and on course selection is available to students through a student advising program. Pursuit of the Honours with thesis degree is strongly recommended for professional advancement in science.

Note:
1. ECON-XXXX courses will be counted as Social Science course in all programs in Biological Sciences.
2. Only students who have maintained a major average of 70% and a cumulative average of 60% will be permitted to enroll in BIOL-4904.

Preparation for Graduate and Professional Schools
Courses are available to permit the student to become fully prepared for entry into medical, dental, pharmacy, and other professional schools, as well as graduate programs in the biological sciences. Pre-professional advising is available in the Faculty of Science Office, Essex Hall. Students should seek advice on course selection early in their program.


INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY: COURSES