This Course and Program Catalogue is effective from May 2019 to April 2020.

Not all courses described in the Course and Program Catalogue are offered each year. For a list of course offerings in 2019-2020, please consult the class search website.

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

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BIOL 811.3: Cell Biology

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

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Permission of instructor required.


BIOL 815.3: Advanced Limnology

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

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 412, or an undergraduate limnology course, or permission of the instructor.


BIOL 827.3: 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.

Weekly hours: 1 Seminar/Discussion hours and 2 Lecture hours
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: 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.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 430 or permission of the instructor.


BIOL 836.3: Advanced Plant Physiology

Selected topics dealing with recent advances in plant physiology.

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 331 or permission of the instructor.


BIOL 841.3: Advanced Plant Pathology

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

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 2 Seminar/Discussion hours and 2 Practicum/Lab hours
Permission of instructor required.


BIOL 862.3: 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 865.3: Physiological Toxicology

This course examines how various environmental stressors including contaminants alter vital physiological functions and cause toxic effects in aquatic animals. Students will explore the current state of science and also learn how the physiological knowledge and principles can be applied to regulatory decision making for the protection of aquatic life.


BIOL 871.3: Advanced Insect Physiology

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

Weekly hours: 1 Seminar/Discussion hours and 3 Reading hours and 2 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): BIOL 365, 366; or permission of the instructor.


BIOL 872.3: Advanced Animal Behaviour

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

Weekly hours: 3 Seminar/Discussion hours


BIOL 875.3: 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.

Weekly hours: 1 Lecture hours and 2 Practicum/Lab hours
Permission of the instructor is required.
Note: Students cannot receive credit for both BIOL 475 and BIOL 875.


BIOL 883.3: Ecology Seminar

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

Weekly hours: 2 Seminar/Discussion hours


BIOL 889.3: 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.

Weekly hours: 2 Lecture hours and 1 Practicum/Lab hours
Prerequisite(s): A senior level ecology course and permission of the instructor.


BIOL 898.3: 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.