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

2020-2021 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. Upon enrollement, please email Diane Matias, to indicate interest in this course. The Instructor will review submissions and the Department will contact students who are approved in the course. Students should be notified by August 1, 2020.


BIO475H5 – Virology
Spring 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 August 31, 2020.


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 August 1, 2020.


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.



2020-2021 Special Topics Courses

2020 Fall Term

BIO483H5F – Special Topics in Biology I
Title: Molecular Mechanisms of Memory  

Instructor: Dr. Brandon Walters

Bio483H5F, Molecular Mechanisms of Memory,  will focus on cellular and molecular pathways that underpin memory formation. This class will cover synaptic plasticity, signaling cascades activated in synapses during learning, and the contributions of epigenetics and epitranscriptomics to memory formation. We will end the class with an in depth exploration of neurological diseases, optogenetics, advanced uses of CRISPR/Cas9 for brain research, and the new observations around implantable false memories.

Pre-requisites: This class requires 9.0 biology credits including: Bio304.


2021 Winter Term

BIO483H5S – Special Topics in Biology I
Title: Neurogenesis and Neural Stem Cells

Instructor: Dr. Ted Erclik

An advanced course examining neurogenesis in vertebrate and invertebrate model systems. Topics covered will include: the spatial and temporal patterning of neural stem cells, the cellular and molecular mechanisms that increase neural diversity during development and the evolution of neurogenesis. The course will comprise both lectures and student-led presentations on recent research articles. 

Pre-requisites: BIO380