The following undergraduate programs are available in the Department:
- Major or Honours in Biology
- Joint Honours in Biology and Earth Sciences (Geology)
- Joint Honours in Biology and Psychology
- Joint Honours in Biology and Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience)
- Joint Honours in Biology and Statistics
- Joint Honours in Cell Biology and Biochemistry
- Minor in Biology
Details of joint programs are given after the Honours B.Sc. Regulations.
Entry to the Biology Majors Program is competitive and based on academic standing.
To be considered for admission to the program students must have completed Biology 1001/1002 with an average of at least 65%. In addition, applicants will normally have completed the following courses (or their equivalents) and must have a minimum overall average of 60% in these courses.
- English 1080, 1110 or equivalent
- Mathematics 1090 and Mathematics 1000 (or Mathematics 1000 only)
- Chemistry 1010/1011 or Chemistry 1050/1051 or Physics 1020/1021 or Physics 1050/1054
- (If Mathematics 1000 taken, any one other first year course)
Chemistry 1010/1011 (or 1050/1051) should be taken in the first year, as it is a prerequisite for other required courses in
the Biology program, and delaying chemistry until second year may make it difficult to complete the program in the normal
MINOR IN BIOLOGY
A minor in Biology will consist of twenty-four credit hours in Biology courses: 1001 and 1002 (or equivalent) plus any 18
credit hours chosen from the list of Biology courses except 2040, 2041 and 2120. The choice of courses must be made in
consultation with the Head of Biology or delegate and it is recommended (but not required) that students take at least two
Biology courses at the 3000-level or above
GENERAL DEGREE - MAJOR IN BIOLOGY
Each Biology Major is assigned a faculty advisor who should be consulted on academic problems, including course selection. All students majoring in Biology are required to complete a minimum of forty-five credit hours in courses from the Biology Department offering. Those forty-five credit hours must include Biology 1001/1002 or their equivalents, the fifteen credit hours in core courses listed below, and twenty four credit hours in biology electives.
Biology Core (fifteen credit hours): Biology 2060, 2250, 2600, 2900, plus one of Biology 3401, 3402, 4245 and 4404.
All majors must also successfully complete the following courses or their equivalents:
- English 1080 and 1110 (or equivalent)
- Physics 1020/1021 (or 1050/1054)
- Mathematics 1000
- Chemistry 1010/1011 (or 1050/1051), 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 i. 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 Biology Department 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).
The attention of students wishing to take Honours is called to those sections of the Calendar dealing with Regulations for the Degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours).
Sixty-nine credit hours in courses, including the six first year credit hours and the fifteen required core credit hours outlined in the regulations for the General Degree, and the Honours Dissertation (Biology 499A/499B), shall be taken from the Department of Biology offering. Students may elect to complete an Honours Program in Biology or in one of the joint Honours Programs listed under the heading "Programs in Biology". Programs of students taking Honours shall be drawn up in consultation with the student's supervisor, and must be approved by the Head of the Department (or his/her delegate) in accordance with Regulation 1.b of the REGULATIONS FOR THE HONOURS DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE.
NOTE: Some Graduate Courses may be taken in the final year of the Honours Program with the permission of the Head of the Department and the course instructor.
A dissertation (six credit hours) is to be presented on some original piece of work undertaken by the candidate, under the guidance of a faculty member of the department, as appointed by the Head of Department. For students electing to take one of the Joint Honours Programs, the dissertation shall be on a topic representative of the selected program. The Department of Biology considers the dissertation to be an important part of the Honours Program.
The dissertation will be based on a six credit hours course (Biology 499A/499B). It will involve directed reading relevant to the dissertation topic, preparation of a dissertation outline, supervised research, data synthesis and interpretation, and preparation and defence of the dissertation.
Two typed copies of the dissertation, complete with figures and tables, are to be submitted not less than two weeks before the end of lectures in the semester in which the candidate is registered for Biology 499B. These copies must be submitted to the Head of Department, and must have met the prior approval of the candidate's Honours supervisor.
Before the last day for examinations in the semester, the candidate will be examined orally on the contents of the
dissertation. The examining committee shall consist of the Head of the Department, or delegate, the candidate's supervisor,
and an examiner appointed by the Head of the Department in consultation with the candidate's supervisor.
HONOURS IN BIOLOGY
Students seeking the Honours Degree in Biology must satisfactorily complete Biology 1001/1002 (or equivalents) and the fifteen credit hours of core Biology courses. The remaining forty eight credit hours in Biology courses, which must include the dissertation (499A/499B), may be taken as electives from the Biology offering, on the advice of the supervisor. Additional courses from other departments required for the Honours Degree in Biology include those given for the Major in Biology Program as outlined above.
An Honours degree in Biology may comprise a broadly based selection of courses according to the students interests, or it may be more narrowly focused. An Honours student may focus on any area of Biology where an appropriate supervisor can be found. All Honours students should choose courses in consultation with their supervisors, but it is particularly important that students wishing to focus within the Honours degree should discuss course selection with an Honours supervisor within their area of interest.
As a guide to course selection a number of foci are set out below with some appropriate courses. Note that students are not limited to these areas but may focus their programs wherever they wish provided that (i) an appropriate supervisor is available, (ii) consultation with that supervisor takes place, and (iii) the resources of the Department, as determined by the Head of Department, are appropriate and adequate. Area of focus will not be indicated on the students' transcript.
Focus in Marine Biology
Students wishing to focus on marine biology in their Biology Honours program must fulfil all the requirements for an Honours degree in Biology as set out above. The following courses are recommended for this area of interest: Biology 2010, 2122, 2210, 3050, 3295, 3620, 3709, 3710, 3711, 3712, 4012, 4360, 4505, 4510, 4600, 4601, 4605, 4750, 4810. (Note: this list is only advisory; these are not required courses).
Focus in Cell/Molecular Biology
Students wishing to focus on cell biology/molecular biology in their Biology Honours program must fulfil all the requirements for an Honours degree in Biology as set out above. The following courses are recommended for this area of interest: Biology 3050, either 3401 or 3402, 3500, 3530, 3540, 3620, 4000, 4040, 4241, 4245, 4402, 4404, 4605. (Note: this list is only advisory; these are not required courses).
Focus in Ecology - Evolution
Students wishing to focus on ecology and/or evolution in their Biology Honours program must fulfil all the requirements for an Honours degree in Biology as set out above. The following courses are recommended for this area of interest: Biology 3041, 3295, 4360, 4504, 4605; either 4810 or 4820. (Note: this list is only advisory; these are not required courses).
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