Biology Courses & Programs

For a list of Biology courses and programs, please click on the links below:

For the course timetable, please click on the Course Timetable link below:

For questions and additional information on courses and programs, please contact the Biology Undergraduate Academic Advisor Diane Matias at d.matias@utoronto.ca.


2018-2019 Course Information

BIO311H5 – Landscape Ecology
Fall Course
Instructor: Helene Wagner

Students interested in this course should enroll on ROSI/Acorn as usual. The Department will review all students enrollment and approve those who are approved in the course.  Students should be notified by July 5, 2018.

 

BIO434H5 - Social and Developmental Determinants of Human Health
Spring Course
Instructor: TBD

Students interested in this course should enroll on ROSI/Acorn as usual. The Instructor will review submissions and the Department will contact students who are approved in the course. Students should be notified by July 5, 2018.

 

BIO475H5 – Virology
Fall Course
Instructor: Steven Short

Students interested in this course should enroll on ROSI/Acorn as usual. The Department will review student requests and approve those who will be offered a spot in the course. Eligible students should meet the course pre-requisites, have a strong CGPA and be enrolled in a Biology Program (preference is given to specialist students). Students should be notified by July 5, 2018.

 

BIO477H5 - Molecular Biology of Gene Expression and Cancer
Fall Course
Instructor: Tim Westwood

Students interested in this course should enroll on ROSI/Acorn as usual. Preference in this course is given to 4th year students in the Molecular Biology Specialist and the Bioinformatics Specialist. Second preference is given to other students with the pre-requisites. Generally students in the Biology Minor and Biology Science Major are not approved in this course. Students should be notified by July 5, 2018.

 

BIO481Y5 – Biology Research Project
Full Year Course
Instructor: Shannon McCauley

Short Description: Students in this course will conduct a research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Biology. The course is open to third and fourth year students. Students learn how to design, carry out, and evaluate the results of a research project. Students are required to write and present a research proposal, write a term paper, and present a seminar on the results of their research project. All students interested in a research project must approach potential faculty supervisors several months in advance of the beginning of term. Students must obtain permission from the faculty member whom they would like to serve as their project supervisor. Students must meet with the course coordinator periodically throughout the academic year.

Interested students should enroll on Acorn as usual and they must provide Stephanie do Rego (stephanie.dorego@utoronto.ca) with the name of a research professor who has agreed to supervise their project by the end of the second week of classes in September. Students will remain INT until the supervisor has been confirmed.

 


 

2018-2019 Special Topics Courses

2018 Fall Semester Course
BIO484H5F - Special Topics in Biology II
Title: Cell and Molecular Biology of Gene Regulation

The genetic information in DNA is converted to RNA to proteins in the cell. The genetically identical cells express distinct sets of genes during development, so come to differ from one another. The study of gene expression is tightly linked to our understanding of cell types and functions. The course will focus on current areas of cell and molecular biology of gene regulation, which include chromatin organization, mechanisms and regulation of transcription, RNA splicing pathways, and translation process. The course also explores contemporary topics in expression of the genome: how genes are controlled during mammalian development and how thousands of cell types are established from the same genomic DNA. Students will read, criticize, and present on recent literature and research articles on these topics.

[36L]

Exclusion:    None
Prerequisite: 1.5 BIO courses at 3/400 level
Instructor: Dr. Ho-Sung Rhee

2019 Winter Term
BIO483H5S – Special Topics in Biology I
Title: Topics in Systems Neuroscience

This is an advanced, student-led seminar course covering contemporary subjects in systems neuroscience. Students will examine and present seminal research papers on fundamental topics of neural circuitry such as signal transduction and the peripheral circuits, information processing in the central nerve system, neuronal cell types and connectivity, the balance of excitation and inhibition, development and critical period plasticity of cortical circuits, subcortical motor circuits and cortical descending motor control. Examples focus predominantly on the mammalian animal models, the mouse, cat and monkey. By reviewing and criticizing classic studies concerning structure and function of mammalian nerve system, students will gain mechanistic understanding of principles governing basic brain functions. Throughout the course, students will also learn about principles and applications of state-of-the-art experimental approaches widely used by system neuroscientists including anatomical tracing, Cre recombinase dependent expression, optical functional imaging, electrophysiological recording, circuit manipulation using optogenetics and pharmaco-genetics.

[36L]

Exclusion:    None
Prerequisite: 1.5 BIO courses at 3/400 level
Instructor: Dr. Baohua Liu