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BIOL 1114

Human Reproduction, Growth and Maturation

0.5 unit
An examination of the human life cycle. Students will investigate the biological understanding of typical and atypical development, environmental and hormonal influences, brain development, reproductive maturity, and physiological changes over life. Note: This course may not be counted towards a major in biology.

BIOL 1152

Introductory Biology I

0.5 unit
The general principles of biology, including the philosophy of science, the definition of life, life cycles, heredity, natural selection, metabolism and cell and molecular biology. This course is a preparation for the study of evolution and the diversity of life in Introductory Biology II.Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 1153
Introductory Biology II

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1152
A course about the diversity of organisms, the evolutionary processes underlying the origin of such bio-diversity, and the systems of classification used in the study of organisms. Topics include population genetics, natural selection, speciation as well as a survey of some of the major groups of organisms with emphasis on their evolutionary relationships. Note: Students who have received credit for BIOL 1151 may not take this course for credit. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2202

General Microbiology

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: Grade XII biology and 1.0 unit of a 1000-level university science course or BIOL 1152
A lecture and laboratory course providing an overview of the microbial world, including classification, genetics and metabolism.  The focus will be on the importance of microorganisms in human affairs, such as food and agricultural microbiology and historic and emerging diseases. Note: This course may not be counted towards a biology major. tudents who have received credit for BIOL 2207 may not take this course for credit.
Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2203

Plants: Form and Function

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1153
A study of the evolution of plants and the structure and development of plants in relation to function.
Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2204

Animals: Form and Function

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1153
A comparative study of invertebrate and vertebrate body plans and the phylogenetic origins of living animal taxa. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2205

Human Anatomy and Physiology I

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: BIOL 1153 or Grade XII science, biology preferred and 1.0 unit of a 1000-level university course
An introduction to the principles of the human body’s structure and functions. Topics covered will include: organization of the body, the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous and endocrine systems. Note: Students who have received credit for BIOL 2201 may not take this course for credit.

BIOL 2206

Human Anatomy and Physiology II

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2205
A continued study of the principles of the human body’s structure and functions. Topics covered will include: cardiovascular, immune, respiratory, digestive, renal and reproductive systems. Note: Students who have received credit for BIOL 2201 may not take this course for credit.

BIOL 2207

Microbial Diversity

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1153
A lecture and laboratory course providing an overview of the diversity of the microbial world. Includes the classification, metabolism, genetics, ecology and evolution of microorganisms. Note: This course may be used towards either a biology major or minor. Students who have received credit for BIOL 2202 may not take this course for credit. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 2213

Environmental Science

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: 1.0 unit of any 1000-level university course
An examination of our environment and the myriad factors that affect its quality. Important ecological concepts are introduced and our roles and responsibilities regarding current environmental issues are examined. The field is highly interdisciplinary, integrating information from many areas, including biology, chemistry, geography, sociology and engineering. 

BIOL 2214

Plants for People

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: 1.0 unit of any 1000-level university course
Plants are the mainstay of traditional and modern-day societies. This course will investigate the origins of economically valuable plants and will describe their structure, cultivation, preparation and uses.

BIOL 2240

Cell and Molecular Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: BIOL 1153 and CHEM 1012
A detailed consideration of the fine structure of eucaryotic and procaryotic cells (and viruses), the chemical composition and organization of cells, cell metabolism and bioenergetics; and for each major cell organelle or structural component, its particular molecular and supermolecular organization and its function. Students will conduct a term research project.

BIOL 2250/PSYC 2250
Animal Behaviour

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: PSYC 1120 or BIOL 1153
An introduction to the biological bases of behaviour in animals, covering genetic, developmental, neural, ecological and social aspects.

BIOL 2260/PSYC 2260

Basic Neuroscience

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 1153 or PSYC 1120
A course providing knowledge about structure and function of nervous systems at the molecular, cellular and systems levels.

BIOL 3260

Advanced Neuroscience

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2260
Advanced topics in neuroscience such as the sensory systems of animals and humans and cellular mechanisms of memory and learning.

BIOL 3302

Microbial Interactions

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2207
A study of further topics in microbiology, with a focus on microbial interactions. This includes microbial diversity and function in natural environments, as well as the relationships between microbes and plants, animals and other microbes. Students will conduct a term research project.

BIOL 3309

Physiology of Plants

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2240
A course highlighting the basic physiological functioning of plants as seen in plant-water-mineral relations; metabolism and hormonal regulation. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3310

Physiology of Animals

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2240
A comparative study of invertebrate and vertebrate systems, including internal and external regulation, transport of substances and co-ordination of function. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3312

General Ecology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: one of BIOL 2203, 2204, 2207
A field-oriented ecology course in which the student learns techniques of ecological sampling and testing. The major ecosystems in the temperate region are studied, as well as diversity of ecosystems generally. (Also listed under Canadian Studies) Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3314

Evolutionary Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: one of BIOL 2203, 2204, 2207
An in-depth examination of how life has diversified and adapted to change. This course will outline Darwinian natural selection and the major events in the history of life, from life’s probable origin in simple replicating molecules to the development of modern prokaryotes, viruses, selfish DNAs, protists, fungi, animals and plants.

BIOL 3322

Animal Developmental Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2240
An examination of embryology, the process by which animals develop from fertilized eggs to complex multicellular organisms. The focus is on how cells divide, differentiate and then assume their proper positions relative to one another within the embryo such that tissues and organs develop and grow correctly. This includes morphology, regeneration, and evolutionary-developmental biology. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3332/PSYC 3332

Human Neuropsychology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2260
A study of the neural bases of mental function. The neural mechanisms of complex cognitive processes such as object recognition, spatial processing, attention, language, memory, executive functions and emotion will be reviewed from the human clinical perspective.

BIOL 3370

Principles of Heredity

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2240
A basic course on the principles of inheritance and the analysis of genetic systems in procaryotes and eucaryotes. Includes Mendelian genetics and extensions of Mendelian analysis, the chromosomal basis of inheritance with a detailed consideration of meiosis and mitosis, linkage, crossing-over, and some consideration of population genetics. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3372

Molecular Genetics

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 2240
A study of heredity in terms of molecular structure. Topics will include details of transcription and translation in both eucaryotes and procaryotes, recombination and other arrangements of DNA occurring both naturally and induced as in genetic engineering, control mechanisms operating during development, and gene expression and cancer. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3501/CHEM 3501

Introductory Biochemistry

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: CHEM 2401
The structure and chemistry of cellular molecules, dealing mainly with carbohydrates, proteins, lipids and nucleic acids and their components, aqueous solutions, pH, pKa, buffers, and colloidal dispersions. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3502/CHEM 3502

Intermediary Metabolism

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL/CHEM3501
A study of the enzymes, energetics and intermediary metabolism of living cells, catabolic biosynthetic and regulatory processes affecting the metabolism of cellular molecules. Laboratory required (3 hours/week)

BIOL 3999

Biology Colloquium

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: Any 2000 level BIOL course
Development of skills in literature research, critical thinking, and evaluation of scientific presentations. Students will be required to make presentations using several different modes of communication.

BIOL 4444
Climate Change and Plants

0.5 unit
Prerequisites: BIOL 3309 or BIOL 3312
Provides detailed information on various aspects of the effects of global climate change on plants. Anthropogenic activities and natural processes that lead to climate change are discussed.

BIOL 4450

Selected Topics in Biology

0.5 unit

BIOL 4451

Selected Topics in Biology

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: will vary according to the topic offered
An opportunity for in-depth study of current topics in biology. These courses are open to senior biology majors or others with departmental approval.

BIOL 4453

Directed Studies

0.5 unit

BIOL 4454

Directed Studies

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: normally completion of the 2000 level required courses in the major program
A research problem that does not require laboratory or field work undertaken under the direction of members of the department. Offered for senior students majoring in biology and subject to departmental approval. Emphasis will be placed on learning new material through reading, critical thinking, and discussion.

BIOL 4460

Directed Research

0.5 unit

BIOL 4461

Directed Research

0.5 unit
Prerequisite: normally completion of the 2000 level required courses in the major program
A research project requiring laboratory or field work under the direction of members of the department. Offered for senior students majoring in biology and subject to departmental approval.

BIOL 4499

Honours Thesis

1.0 unit
Prerequisite: BIOL 3999 (may be taken concurrently)
A required course for biology honours students to be taken in their final year. Students conduct independent research with a faculty member. Students will be required to produce an honours thesis and present their research.

 

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