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.


2016-2017 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 June 15, 2016.


BIO400Y5 – Biology Internship Course

Full Year Course
Instructor: Nick Collins and Steven Chatfield
 
The application deadline for this course is usually in March for the following academic year.


BIO434H5 - Social and Developmental Determinants of Human Health

Spring Course
Instructor: Joel Levine
 
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 June 15, 2016.


BIO464H5 – Conservation and Biodiversity

Spring Course
Instructor: Linda Kohn
 
This lecture/seminar course builds on previous course work on the fundamentals of biology, ecology and eolutionary biology to consider cutting edge research on species-, genetic- and ecological diversity as well as work on human social impacts on biodiversity. These include culture, economic development, policy and politics.

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 June 15, 2016.

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BIO475H5 – Virology

Fall Course
Instructor: Steven Short
 
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 June 15, 2016.


BIO477H5 - Molecular Biology of Gene Expression and Cancer

Spring 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 Biotechnology 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. Stephanie do Rego (stephanie.dorego@utoronto.ca) will approve and refuse students in the course by June 15, 2016.


BIO481Y5 – Biology Research Project

Full Year Course
Instructor: Peter Kotanen
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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 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.


BIO483H5 - Selected Topics in Biology I: Epigenetics

Spring Term
Instructor: Katharina Braeutigam
 
Short Description: This lecture/seminar course provides an overview of the fascinating variety of epigenetic phenomena that play key roles in development, interactions with the environment, and in disease. Underlying molecular mechanisms that regulate chromatin structure and gene expression are explored, including DNA methylation, histone modifications, and non-coding RNAs. Examples focus predominantly on eukaryotes and highlight how epigenetic marks are set, maintained, and propagated, and how phenotypic outcomes are ultimately shaped. The course will enable students to apply knowledge and understanding of basic principles to recent scientific literature in the emerging field of epigenetics.
 
Prerequisites:  BIO206H5, BIO207H5
Recommended: BIO202H5, BIO203H5


BIO484H5 - Selected Topics in Biology II: Plant Metabolism

Spring Term
Instructor: Michael Phillips

Short Description: The metabolic pathways of plants and the subcellular compartments where they occur. Biosynthesis of natural products with relevance to agriculture, nutrition, pharmacology, and industrial raw materials. This survey of central plant metabolism and selected natural product pathways (including terpenoids, alkaloids, phenylpropanoids, glucosinolates, and anthocyanins) will emphasize modern chromatography and mass spectrometry techniques used to study them.

Prerequisites: BIO203H5 / BIO204H5
Recommended preparation: CHM242, CHM362H5, BIO312H5