Major in Biology


Entrance Requirements
Major in Biology
Major in Biology (Cell and Molecular)
Major in Biology (Ecology and Conservation)
Major in Biology (Marine)
Important Notes

* This is advisory only. All degree requirements are as specified in the University Calendar. It is your responsibility to ensure you are following the specific requirements as described in the Calendar.


Entrance Requirements

Admission to the Biology majors program is competitive and is based on academic standing. Students wishing to major in Biology should submit an "Application for Admission to Biology Majors Program" form can be submitted anytime to the Biology Department but in order to have this form processed before registration begins you should submit by June 1st for the Fall Semester and October 1st for the Winter Semester. To be admitted to the program, students must have completed Biology 1001 & 1002 with an average of at least 65%. In addition, students are expected to have a minimum overall average of 60% in six other specified first-year courses (two English, two Chemistry or Physics, two Mathematics - if Math 1000 only has been done, any other first year course may be used in the average of the six).

 


Major in Biology

Recommended Course Schedule

Major in Biology Worksheet

All students majoring in Biology are required to complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in courses from the Department of Biology offering. Those 45 credit hours must include: Biology 1001 and 1002 or their equivalents; the 15 credit hours in core courses listed below; and 24 credit hours in Biology electives at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level.

Biology Core (15 credit hours): Biology 2060, 2250, 2600, 2900, plus one of Biology 3401, 3402, 4245 and 4404.

A maximum of 9 credit hours can be in Biology courses with no associated laboratory/seminar.

All majors must also successfully complete the following courses or their equivalents:

  • English 1080 and 1110 (or equivalent)
  • Physics 1020 and 1021 (or equivalent)
  • Mathematics 1000
  • Chemistry 1010 and 1011 (or equivalent), Chemistry 2440
  • Statistics 2550
  • Biochemistry 2101 and 3106
  • Extra Science courses as necessary to fulfil the requirement for 78 credit hours in Science as stipulated in Clause 3.a. of the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science.

It is recommended, but not required, that a Computer Science course be included and the Department of Biology strongly recommends Computer Science 2650.

Note:To minimize timetabling problems, students on the St. John's campus are advised to take Biology 2250 and 2600 in their third semester (Fall), and 2060 and 2900 in their fourth semester (Winter).


 Major in Biology (Cell and Molecular)

Recommended Course Schedule

Cell and Molecular Biology Major Worksheet

All students majoring in Biology (Cell and Molecular) are required to complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in courses from the Department of Biology offering. Those 45 credit hours must include: Biology 1001 and 1002 or their equivalents; the 15 credit hours in core courses listed below; Biology 3530 and 4241; 6 credit hours from the recommended Biology courses for Biology (Cell and Molecular) listed below; and 12 credit hours from Biology electives at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level.

Biology Core (15 credit hours): Biology 2060, 2250, 2600, 2900, plus one of Biology 3401, 3402, 4245 and 4404.

Recommended Biology courses for Biology (Cell and Molecular)) are 3050, 3052, 3401, 3402, 3500, 3620, 3950, 3951, 4010, 4040, 4050, 4200, 4245, 4250, 4251, 4255, 4404, 4550, 4605, and 4607.

A maximum of 9 credit hours can be in Biology courses with no associated laboratory/seminar.

All majors must also successfully complete the following courses or their equivalents:

  • English 1080 and 1110 (or equivalent)
  • Physics 1020 and 1021 (or equivalent)
  • Mathematics 1000
  • Chemistry 1010 and 1011 (or equivalent), Chemistry 2440
  • Statistics 2550
  • Biochemistry 2101 and 3106
  • Extra Science courses as necessary to fulfil the requirement for 78 credit hours in Science as stipulated in Clause 3.a. of the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science.

It is recommended, but not required, that a Computer Science course be included and the Department of Biology strongly recommends Computer Science 2650.

Note:To minimize timetabling problems, students on the St. John's campus are advised to take Biology 2250 and 2600 in their third semester (Fall), and 2060 and 2900 in their fourth semester (Winter).


Major in Biology (Ecology and Conservation)

Recommended Course Schedule

Ecology and Conservation Biology Major Worksheet

All students majoring in Biology (Ecology and Conservation) are required to complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in courses from the Department of Biology offering. Those 45 credit hours must include: Biology 1001 and 1002 or their equivalents; the 15 credit hours in core courses listed below; Biology 4650 and 4651; 6 credit hours from the recommended Biology courses for Biology (Ecology and Conservation) listed below; and 12 credit hours from Biology electives at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level.

Biology Core (15 credit hours): Biology 2060, 2250, 2600, 2900, plus one of Biology 3401, 3402, 4245 and 4404.

Recommended Biology courses for Biology (Ecology and Conservation) are 3041, 3050, 3295, 3300, 3610, 3620, 3640, 3709, 3710, 3711, 3714, 3715, 3750, 4040, 4141, 4180, 4182, 4250, 4306, 4307, 4360, 4405, 4505, 4605, 4607, 4620, 4630, 4701, 4710, 4750, and 4820.

A maximum of 9 credit hours can be in Biology courses with no associated laboratory/seminar.

All majors must also successfully complete the following courses or their equivalents:

  • English 1080 and 1110 (or equivalent)
  • Physics 1020 and 1021 (or equivalent)
  • Mathematics 1000
  • Chemistry 1010 and 1011 (or equivalent), Chemistry 2440
  • Statistics 2550
  • Biochemistry 2101 and 3106
  • Extra Science courses as necessary to fulfil the requirement for 78 credit hours in Science as stipulated in Clause 3.a. of the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science.

It is recommended, but not required, that a Computer Science course be included and the Department of Biology strongly recommends Computer Science 2650.

Note: To minimize timetabling problems, students on the St. John's campus are advised to take Biology 2250 and 2600 in their third semester (Fall), and 2060 and 2900 in their fourth semester (Winter).


 Major in Biology (Marine)

Recommended Course Schedule

Marine Biology Major Worksheet

All students majoring in Biology (Marine) are required to complete a minimum of 45 credit hours in courses from the Department of Biology offering. Those 45 credit hours must include: Biology 1001 and 1002 or their equivalents; the 15 credit hours in core courses listed below; Biology 3710 and 3711; 6 credit hours from the recommended Biology courses for Biology (Marine) listed below; and 12 credit hours from Biology electives at the 2000, 3000 or 4000 level.

Biology Core (15 credit hours): Biology 2060, 2250, 2600, 2900, plus one of Biology 3401, 3402, 4245 and 4404.

Recommended Biology courses for Biology (Marine) are 3014, 3050, 3295, 3620, 3640, 3709, 3712, 3714, 3715, 3951, 4122, 4141, 4182, 4360, 4601, 4605, 4607, 4620, 4630, 4710, 4750, 4810, 4912.

A maximum of 9 credit hours can be in Biology courses with no associated laboratory/seminar.

All majors must also successfully complete the following courses or their equivalents:

  • English 1080 and 1110 (or equivalent)
  • Physics 1020 and 1021 (or equivalent)
  • Mathematics 1000
  • Chemistry 1010 and 1011 (or equivalent), Chemistry 2440
  • Statistics 2550
  • Biochemistry 2101 and 3106
  • Extra Science courses as necessary to fulfil the requirement for 78 credit hours in Science as stipulated in Clause 3.a. of the Regulations for the General Degree of Bachelor of Science.

It is recommended, but not required, that a Computer Science course be included and the Department of Biology strongly recommends Computer Science 2650.

Note:To minimize timetabling problems, students on the St. John's campus are advised to take Biology 2250 and 2600 in their third semester (Fall), and 2060 and 2900 in their fourth semester (Winter).


Important Notes

  • Enrollment in many Biology courses is limited and admission is determined by academic average (GPA).
  • Biology 2040, 2041, 2120, 3053, and 3280 cannot be used as any of the required Biology courses for the Minor, Major or Honours programs in Biology.

 

 

 

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