Associate Professor and Chair P. Lee
Associate Professor and Graduate Co-ordinator
K.T. Leung
Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair
H. Schraft
Professors L. Malek,
  A.U. Mallik,
  D.W. Morris,
  M.H. Tripp (Women's Studies)
Associate Professors S.J. Hecnar,
  J.M. Hughes,
  R.D. Law,
  P. Lee,
  K.T. Leung,
  R. Omeljaniuk,
  H. Schraft
Assistant Professors J.P. Carney,
  T. Varney (Anthropology)
Adjunct Professors D. Chapman,
  H. Duivenvoorden, 
  N. Khaper (NOSM), 
  R. Mackereth,
  C. Matheson,
  A. Rodgers,
  B. Ross (NOSM),
  Z. Suntres (NOSM),
  J.P.H. Th'ng,
  M. Ulanova (NOSM),
  B.A. Wilson,
  I. Zhebe
Professors Emeriti of Biology R. Freitag,
  W.M. Graham,
  M.W. Lankester,
  A.D. Macdonald,
  W.T. Momot,
  G.W. Ozburn,
  J.P. Ryder


Candidates will be accepted under the University regulations governing the Master's degrees (see page 267-269) providing they also satisfy the requirements of the Department of Biology. Application deadline is February 1. Late applications may be considered for admission, but may not be considered for funding.



The program consists of five full course equivalents composed of a graduate thesis (equivalent to three full courses), a graduate seminar (equivalent to a half-course) taken in the first year of the program, and one and one-half elective courses. The student will take at least one full course at the fifth year level and, with permission of the Department and the Graduate Studies Committee, may be permitted to take one additional course selected from senior level courses not previously taken in the Department of Biology or from senior level courses in a cognate department.

All candidates must satisfy the Department of Biology as to any required make-up undergraduate course work before being allowed to complete the Master's program. Candidates will be required to present at a special departmental seminar an outline and, if possible, the title of the proposed research thesis. An oral examination on the thesis will be required prior to final approval.



Courses not offered this academic year (fall/winter terms) are indicated by the words "NOT OFFERED THIS YEAR" below the course description. Nevertheless, students should refer to the Timetable as a final check.

The following courses are offered in the Master's program.

(Information about Course Numbering System)

Biology 5010
Graduate Seminar
1.5-0; 1.5-0
A required graduate seminar course providing opportunity to discuss current work and new developments in Biology.
Students are required to complete Biology 5010 during the first year of their program.

Biology 5111 (ST)
Special Topics I
Topics to be arranged in the form of readings, tutorials, and seminars to suit student area of specialization.

Biology 5131 (ST)
Special Topics II
Topics to be arranged in the form of readings, tutorials, and seminars to suit student area of specialization.

Biology 5151
Advances in Contemporary Ecology
3-0; or 3-0
An investigation of topics in contemporary ecology with an emphasis on large-scale patterns of abundance and distribution of organisms in nature. Topics covered will include the importance of scale in ecology, latitudinal patterns of species richness, range size theory, and the relationship between abundance and distribution. This course will consist of the compilation, analysis and interpretation of macroecological data.

Biology 5201
Advances in Parasitology
Prerequisite: Biology 2030, 3221, 4111, and Chemistry 3251, 3271 or permission of the instructor
A lecture, reading and experimental course. Lectures and readings will cover all aspects of modern parasitological research including ultrastructure, physiology and genetics of animal parasite, immunological response to parasitic infection, host-specifity, problems in systematics of parasites, ecology, epidemiology and disease of parasites in man and wild animals. Laboratory experiments will familiarize students with modern techniques and illustrate the above principles of parasitology.

Biology 5203
Advanced Topics in Fisheries Science
A tutorial/seminar course on the biological basis of fisheries management examining relevance and application of recent advances in current ecological theory at the population and community level.

Biology 5650
Advanced Issues in Biotechnology
1-0; 1-0
Graduate students will critically evaluate published materials and lead discussions of current technical and ethical issues in biotechnology: plant biotechnology and genetically modified foods, mammalian cloning, reproductive technologies, gene therapies, drug development and approval processes, implications of cloning to biodiversity and lateral gene flow, bioremediation using cloned organisms. Emphasis will be placed on the interpretation and simplification of scientific information for general audience.

Biology 5730
Advanced Limnology
0-0; 3-0
A practical and seminar course on current topics in Limnology. Initial emphasis is on phytoplankton and zooplankton identification and ecology, and quantification of limnological data. Students then select a subject of interest in Limnology, present critiques of important papers on the subject and prepare a detailed literature search. The emphasis is on preparing the student to conduct practical investigations on lakes and rivers.

Biology 5770
Advanced Food Microbiology
3-0; or 3-0
Prerequisite: Biology 4770 or permission of the instructor
An examination of current issues in food microbiology. Topics to be covered will include the microbial ecology of food, epidemiology and prevention of foodborne infections and intoxications and strategies for the production of safe food.

Biology 5901 (9901)
Master's Thesis

See also:
Faculty of Graduate Studies - Information/Regulations
Department of Biology - Undergraduate

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