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.


2017-2018 Course Information

BIO458H5S - Genomics

Spring Term
Instructor: Rob Ness

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 working knowledge of Python, have a strong CGPA and be enrolled in a Biology Program (preference is given to specialist students). Students that are missing BIO362 or CSC108 may be permitted into the course if they have a working knowledge of Python. Python will NOT be taught in BIO458. Students should be notified by June 23, 2017.


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 June 23, 2017.


BIO477H5 - Molecular Biology of Gene Expression and Cancer

Fall Course
Instructor: TBD

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 June 23, 2017.


BIO481Y5 – Biology Research Project

Full Year Course
Instructor: Peter Kotanen

Course Flyer

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.