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Biology Programs Information

Faculty and students in the Department of Biology are bound together by a common interest in explaining the diversity of life, the fit between form and function and the distribution and abundance of organisms. Members of the Department aim to advance knowledge through exciting, innovative research in lab and field, engage students in research and learning, participate actively in national and international scientific societies and initiatives, involve the community in the science of biology, and share knowledge freely through dedicated and effective teaching.

The undergraduate curriculum stresses central aspects of biology required for a balanced education, namely, form and function, cell and molecular biology, genetics and evolution, biodiversity, systematics, ecology and environmental biology. Students are enthusiastically supported in their quest for a career in any of several biological disciplines, the health-related fields, in teaching or in research.

The Department of Biology provides a sound education for the needs of both science-based, professional career students and those who wish to understand the complexity of the living world and apply that knowledge in a specific way. The Department offers several programs structured to fulfill various interests. Students considering a career in the health-related fields, and those who are contemplating a career in science as researchers and educators at the MSc and PhD level, are advised to register in one of the following programs, depending on one's specific interest: Honours BSc (Biology Major), BSc (Joint Major in Biology and Chemistry) or the HBESc (Biology Major). The BSc (Natural Science Major) is viewed as a terminal degree in biology; it will appeal to those who may not wish to pursue the career-scientist route but may wish to apply a basic knowledge of biology to their chosen career. An interest in Biology can also be pursued in combination with Outdoor Recreation (HBOR/BSc Natural Science) and Education (HBSc Biology/BEd and BSc Natural Science/BEd).

All stipulated courses are required. Elective courses must be selected in consultation with the student's program advisor. The student is referred to the Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, Faculty Regulations, requirement, on the necessary mark to continue in a biology program.

A maximum of 0.5 FCE per term and 1.0 FCE per calendar year can be taken from both "Special Topics" courses (such as Biology 3990, Biology 3991, Biology 4610, Biology 4630, Applied Bio-Molecular Science 4811, Applied Bio-Molecular Science 4813, Chemistry 4131, Chemistry 4191, Anthropology 3811, Anthropology 3813, Anthropology 3815, Anthropology 3817, Physics 4611), and research thesis courses (such as Biology 4101, Anthropology 4901, Physics 4501). Permission of the Chair of the Department of Biology is required to exceed the 1.0 FCE per year restriction.

Students are also advised of the interdisciplinary minor concentration in Northern Studies.

Biology Electives List

For a list of Faculty members click here.

The following Biology program offerings are available:
Each program is marked with a TB, O or W designation to distinguish where each program is available.
(TB = Thunder Bay campus, O = Orillia campus, W = online)

Bachelor of Science (Biology Major) (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology Major) (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology Major with Concentration in Animal Sciences) (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology Major with Concentration in Plant Sciences) (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology Major with Concentration in Biodiversity and Conservation) (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology Major with Concentration in Neuroscience) (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology and Chemistry Majors)(TB)
Bachelor of Science (Natural Science Major)(TB)
Bachelor of Science (Natural Science Major)/Honours Bachelor of Outdoor Recreation(TB)
Bachelor of Science (Natural Science Major) - College Transfer (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Enviromental Science (Biology Major)(TB)
Honours Bachelor of Environmental Science (Biology Major) - Transfer(TB)
Biology Minor Program(TB)(O)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology Major)/Bachelor of Education I/S (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology Major)/Bachelor of Education I/S (Five Year Accelerated Program) (TB)
Bachelor of Science (Natural Science Major)/Bachelor of Education P/J (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Science (Biology and Chemistry Majors)/Bachelor of Education I/S (TB)
Honours Bachelor of Environmental Science (Biology Major)/Bachelor of Education I/S (TB)