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

2019-2020 Course Information


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, 2019.


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, 2019.


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, 2019.


BIO481Y5 – Biology Research Project
Full Year Course
Instructor: Peter Kotanen

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 ( 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.



2019-2020 Special Topics Courses

2020 Winter Term

BIO484H5S – Special Topics in Biology II
Advanced Genetics – from genomes to chromatin

Course Description: Genetic information shapes almost all aspects of life. How is this information organized and inherited? How does it influence individuals and how does help to understand disease? The course explores the structure and function of chromatin i.e. the management of biological information. We will explore how the genome is packaged, expressed, replicated and repaired. We will look into chromosome sets and inheritance, accessibility of the genome to the molecular machinery, DNA repair, and modern techniques in research and diagnostics.

Exclusion: None
Prerequisites: 1.5 BIO courses at the 3/400 level

Instructor: Dr. Katharina Braeutigam

2019 Fall Term

BIO483H5F – Special Topics in Biology I
Title: Neuroepitranscriptomics: the role of RNA modification in addiction, memory formation, and memory extinction

This class will explore the newly established field of neuro-epitranscriptomics, or the study of RNA modifications in memory formation. We will start by exploring the function of these modifications on mRNA dynamics followed by their unique role in the brain; controlling local translation at synapses. We will then move into behavior, exploring the role of RNA modifications in addiction, memory formation, and memory extinction. This course will be a combination of lectures, presentations, and journal clubs.

Instructor: Dr. Brandon Walters