This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2018 to April 2019.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2018-2019, please consult the class search website.

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As of 2005-2006, certain course abbreviations have changed. Students with credit for a course under its former label may not take the relabeled course for credit.

The following conventions are used for course numbering:

  • 010-099 represent non-degree level courses
  • 100-699 represent undergraduate degree level courses
  • 700-999 represent graduate degree level courses

The following term designations are used:

  • 1 - Term 1 only
  • 2 - Term 2 only
  • 3 - Term 3 only
  • 1&2 - Term 1 and 2
  • 1/2 - Either Term 1 or Term 2
  • P - Phases (Medicine and Dentistry)
  • Q - Quarters (Veterinary Medicine)

The following instructional code designations are used:

  • L - Lecture
  • P - Practicum/Lab
  • S - Seminar/Discussion
  • C - Clinical Service
  • R - Reading
  • T - Tutorial

Please use the following form to look up courses and find detailed information on course prerequisites, corequisites, and other special notes. To view all 100-level courses in a subject, select a Subject Code and type 1% in the Course Number field. (200-level = 2%, etc.)


BIOL 811.3 — 2(3S)
Cell Biology

Review of the literature on selected topics including microscopic and sub-microscopic cellular organization, and cell function.

Permission of instructor required.

BIOL 815.3 — 2(3S)
Advanced Limnology

A review of current ecological and environmental topics concerning inland waters.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 412, or an undergraduate limnology course, or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 827.3 — 1(1S-2L)
Multivariate Analysis in Ecology

An introduction to statistical methods for the classification and ordination of ecological communities, and approaches to developing multivariate statistical models of ecological interactions. Practical experience in applications of multivariate analyses will be developed by applying analyses to ecological datasets. Some previous experience with the software program R is recommended.

Prerequisite(s): At least one undergraduate course in univariate statistics and at least one upper level (300-400) undergraduate course in ecology.

BIOL 830.3 — 2(3S)
Advanced Neurobiology of Behaviour

This course explores, at an advanced level and through critical examination of current literature, neural mechanisms responsible for the generation of adaptive behaviours of animals. Topics for discussion will deal with structural or functional characteristics of neurons, synapses or circuits that have a definite motor or behavioural correlate.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 430 or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 836.3 — 1/2(3S)
Advanced Plant Physiology

Selected topics dealing with recent advances in plant physiology.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 331 or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 841.3 — 2(2L-2S-2P)
Advanced Plant Pathology

Selected topics in plant pathology and molecular plant-microbe interactions.

Permission of instructor required.

BIOL 862.3 — 3L
Advanced Reproductive Biology of Seed Plants

A survey of floral diversity, pollination mechanisms, breeding systems, and reproductive strategies of seed plants with an emphasis on angiosperms. One important component is the examination of floral biology for reproductive success. With increasing emphasis on crop/seed yields, germination, and seedling establishment/recruitment, this course is important for students in the area of Plant Biology, Ecology, and Plant Sciences dealing with these topics.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 323.3 and/or BIOL 326.3 or equivalent, or instructor’s authorization.
Note: Strong knowledge in concepts of plant biology, genetics, and evolution would be an asset.

BIOL 871.3 — 1/2(1S-3R-2P)
Advanced Insect Physiology

A review of recent advances in certain fields of insect physiology.

Prerequisite(s): BIOL 365, 366; or permission of the instructor.

BIOL 872.3 — 1/2(3S)
Advanced Animal Behaviour

Examination of current concepts and techniques in the study of animal behaviour.

BIOL 875.3 — 1(1L-2P)
Ecotoxicology Theory and Approaches

This course examines how principles and theories in ecology can better inform ecotoxicology problems at multiple levels of biological organization (individuals to ecosystems). Much of the science of this relatively young discipline has traditionally lacked a conceptual basis and major recent advances are being drawn from ecological theories, models and approaches to strengthen the field. Students will examine current advanced topics and contemporary approaches that add ecological relevance and predictive strength to both field and laboratory ecotoxicology studies.

Permission of the instructor is required.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both BIOL 475 and BIOL 875.

BIOL 883.3 — 2(2S)
Ecology Seminar

Students and faculty reports on selected topics in aquatic and terrestrial ecology.

BIOL 889.3 — 2(2L-1P)
Avian Wildlife Conservation and Management Theory in Practice

Evaluates current problems and solutions in conservation and management of wildlife, primarily birds, with emphasis on hypothesis-testing, and identification, review and application of ecological theories and modern analytical techniques (e.g., abundance estimation; survival analysis). Quantitative analysis of specific case-histories dealing with management of birds.

Prerequisite(s): A senior level ecology course and permission of the instructor.

BIOL 898.3 — 1/2/1&2 (R/T)
Special Topics

Assigned reading and tutorials, projects and/or lectures in special topics related to the student's major field of interest. Students are required to prepare three essays or term papers or their equivalent if another form of evaluation is more appropriate.

BIOL 899
Special Topics

Offered occasionally in special situations. Students interested in these courses should contact the department for more information.