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Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology Major) with Concentration in Plant Sciences (TB)

Four Year program

A student may, in consultation with the department, enter the Honours BSc program in biology in any year providing an overall 70% average has been attained in the biology courses of the preceding years.

An overall average of at least 70% in all biology courses taken in the fourth year must also be maintained. A cumulative average of 70% in Biology courses is required in both the major and the concentration in Plant Sciences.  Should the 70% average not be attained, the student may apply for the BSc (Biology) with Concentration in Plant Sciences Four Year degree.

At least ten Biology courses must be taken during the four years, six of which must be at the third year level or higher.

The Biology programs permit students to select courses according to their career aspirations. In addition to a variety of elective courses, there is a set of core courses. Each student is required to take each of the following compulsory courses:

Biology 1110 - Animal Biology
Biology 1130 - Plant Biology
Biology 2171 - Genetics
Biology 2210 - Introductory Ecology
Biology 2230 - Cell Biology
Biology 3671 - Evolutionary Concepts
Biology 3012 - Aboriginal Ethnobotany

In addition to the requirement for elective courses from Biology Lists A and B (third year), students seeking the concentration in Plant Sciences must select a minimum of 2.5 FCE's from each of List 1: Cell, System and Organismal Plant Science and List 2: Community and Ecosystem Plant Science.  Courses cannot be double counted towards the requirements of the degree (e.g. List A and List 1)

Students are advised to contact the Chair of the Department regarding elective courses and review the Biology Elective Lists on the Biology Programs Information page.

 

First Year:

(a) Biology 1110, 1130
(b) Chemistry 1110, 1130
(c) One-half FCE elective**
(d) Mathematics 1151 and 1152 or Mathematics 1171 and 1172
(e) One FCE Type C course other than Biology
(f) One-half FCE elective that is not Type C

Note:

Students considering a career in the health sciences are advised to take Physics 1113 and 1133, or Physics 1211 and 1212.

Second Year:

(a) Biology 2171, 2210, 2230
(b) One-half FCE elective in Biology**
(c) Mathematics 2310 and 2311 or Mathematics 3332 and 3334
(d) Two of: Chemistry 2111, 2211, 2231
(e) One-half FCE Type C course other than Biology
(f) One-half FCE elective**

Third Year:

(a) Biology 3671, 3012
(b) One and one-half FCEs selected from courses in Biology Electives List A
(c) One and one-half FCEs selected from courses in Biology Electives List B
(d) One-half FCE Type C course other than Biology
(e) One-half FCE elective**

Fourth Year:

(a) Three FCEs in Biology at the third year level or higher**
(b) One and one-half FCEs Type C course at the third year level or higher**
(c) One-half FCE elective that is not Type C

Notes:

1. Students considering graduate school are strongly encouraged to take Biology 4101 as 1.0 FCE towards the degree requirement of "3 FCEs in Biology at the third year level or higher" in fourth year.  Students must arrange for a faculty supervisor before the start of fourth year if they wish to register in Biology 4101.

2. This program fulfills the Indigenous Content Requirement because it includes Biology 3012.

 

**Concentration in Plant Sciences

The concentration in Plant Sciences consists of 5 FCEs chosen from the 2 lists below. Students must take a minimum of 2.5 FCEs from each list to obtain a concentration in Plant Sciences.

1. Cell, System and Organism Plant Science

Biology 2050: Tree Development and Function*
Biology 2051/Natural Resources Management 2050: Flowering Plant Taxonomy*
Biology 2131: Regional Flowering Plants* (2015F)
Biology/Natural Resources Management 3213: Forest Pathology*
Biology 3330: Molecular Biology of Development
Biology 3351: Plants and People
Biology 3450/Natural Resources Management 3450: Biology of the Fungi*
Biology 3470: Biotechnology of Plants*
Biology 4512: Plant Propagation*
Biology 4710: Limnology*

2. Community and Ecosystem Plant Science

Biology 3114: Plant Ecology*
Biology 3151: Biogeography
Biology 3313: Ecological Structure in Northern Environments
Biology 4113: Community Ecology*
Biology 4115: Ecology of Disturbed Habitats*
Biology 4117: Advances in Contemporary Ecology
Biology 4430: Wetland Ecology*
Geography 2232: Introduction to Geomatics and GIS*
Geography 3313/Environmental Studies 3314: Introduction to Soil Science*
Geography 2331: Climatology*
Geography 4351: Global Climate Change

Note: Courses with asterisks have labs.