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  • Objectives
    Our department combines a tradition of excellence in research with modern and multidisciplinary teaching in the major areas of biology including animal behavior, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, ecology, evolution, genetics, genomics, microbiology, molecular biology, insect biology and plant biology. Our programs offer students an intellectually stimulating environment, with many opportunities to conduct research in state-of-the-art facilities. We emphasize experimentation and combine course-related laboratory work with opportunities in research laboratories. Students at all levels are encouraged to acquire familiarity with advanced research techniques.
  • Academic Title
    Bachelor of Science (Combined Honours) in Biology and Physical Geography
  • Course description
    Biology and Physical Geography
    B.Sc. Combined Honours (20.0 credits)

       1. Credits included in the Major CGPA (13.0 credits):

       1. 2.0 credits in BIOL 1003, BIOL 1004, GEOG 2013, and GEOG 2014;
       2. 10.0 credits in BIOL (or BIOC) and Science Geography at the 2000-level or above satisfying collectively:
             1. 0.5 credit from BIOL 3605, BIOL 3606, GEOG 3000, or GEOG 4000;
             2. at least 4.0 credits in BIOL or BIOC;
             3. at least 4.0 credits in GEOG or GEOM;
             4. at least 4.0 credits are at the 3000-level or above;
       3. 1.0 credit in BIOL 4908 [1.0] or GEOG 4906 [1.0];

       2. Credits not included in the Major CGPA (7.0 credits):

       4. 1.5 credits in CHEM 1000 [1.0] and MATH 1007;
       5. 0.5 credit from MATH 1107 or STAT 2507;
       6. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
       7. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
       8. 1.0 credit in Science Faculty Electives;
       9. 1.0 credit in Science Faculty Electives or COMP at the 2000-level or above, not in BIOL or GEOG or GEOM.
      10. 1.0 credit free elective.

    • BIOL 1003 - Introductory Biology I
    • BIOL 1004 - Introductory Biology II
    • BIOL 1005 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Biology
    • BIOL 1010 - Biotechnology and Society
    • BIOL 1902 - Natural History
    • BIOL 2001 - Animals: Form and Function
    • BIOL 2002 - Plants: Form and Function
    • BIOL 2005 - Human Physiology
    • BIOL 2104 - Introductory Genetics
    • BIOL 2106 - Human Genetics and Evolution
    • BIOL 2200 - Cell Physiology and Biochemistry
    • BIOL 2303 - Microbiology
    • BIOL 2600 - Introduction to Ecology
    • BIOL 2903 - Natural History of Ontario
    • BIOL 2909 - Co-operative Work Term Report
    • BIOL 3004 - Insect Diversity
    • BIOL 3102 - Mycology
    • BIOL 3104 - Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 3201 - Cell Biology
    • BIOL 3202 - Principles of Developmental Biology
    • BIOL 3205 - Plant Biochemistry and Physiology
    • BIOL 3303 - Experimental Microbiology
    • BIOL 3305 - Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 3501 - The Biophysics of Animal Movement
    • BIOL 3601 - Ecosystems and Environmental Change
    • BIOL 3602 - Conservation Biology
    • BIOL 3604 - Analysis of Ecological Relationships
    • BIOL 3605 - Field Course I
    • BIOL 3606 - Field Course II
    • BIOL 3608 - Principles of Biogeography
    • BIOL 3609 - Evolutionary Concepts
    • BIOL 3611 - Evolutionary Ecology
    • BIOL 3612 - Computational Methods in Ecology and Evolution
    • BIOL 3801 - Plants and Herbivores
    • BIOL 3802 - Animal Behaviour
    • BIOL 3804 - Social Evolution
    • BIOL 3909 - Co-operative Work Term Report
    • BIOL 4008 - Molecular Plant Development
    • BIOL 4102 - Molecular Ecology
    • BIOL 4103 - Population Genetics
    • BIOL 4104 - Evolutionary Genetics
    • BIOL 4106 - Methods in Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 4109 - Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Genetics
    • BIOL 4200 - Immunology
    • BIOL 4201 - Animal Cell Culture: Methods and Applications
    • BIOL 4202 - Mutagenesis and DNA Repair
    • BIOL 4203 - Evolution of Sex
    • BIOL 4209 - Advanced Plant Physiology
    • BIOL 4300 - Applied and Environmental Microbiology
    • BIOL 4301 - Current Topics in Biotechnology
    • BIOL 4306 - Animal Physiology
    • BIOL 4317 - Neuroethology: The Neural Basis of Animal Behaviour
    • BIOL 4318 - Adaptations to Extreme Environments
    • BIOL 4400 - Nuclear Dynamics and The Cell Cycle
    • BIOL 4500 - Ornithology I
    • BIOL 4501 - Ornithology II
    • BIOL 4503 - Fish Ecology, Conservation and Management
    • BIOL 4603 - Insect Evolution and Biology
    • BIOL 4604 - Landscape Ecology
    • BIOL 4802 - Advanced Animal Behavior
    • BIOL 4900 - Directed Special Studies and Seminar
    • BIOL 4901 - Directed Special Studies
    • BIOL 4907 - Honours Essay and Research Proposal
    • BIOL 4908 - Honours Research Thesis
    • BIOL 4909 - Co-operative Work Term Report

    • GEOG 1010 - Global Environmental Systems
    • GEOG 1020 - People, Places and Environments
    • GEOG 2005 - Geographic Inquiry
    • GEOG 2006 - Statistical Methods in Geography
    • GEOG 2013 - Weather and Water
    • GEOG 2014 - The Earth's Surface
    • GEOG 2020 - Physical Environments of Canada
    • GEOG 2200 - Global Connections
    • GEOG 2300 - Space, Place and Identity
    • GEOG 2600 - Geography Behind the Headlines
    • GEOG 3000 - Honours Field Course
    • GEOG 3001 - Qualitative Methods
    • GEOG 3003 - Quantitative Geography
    • GEOG 3010 - Field Methods in Physical Geography
    • GEOG 3021 - Culture, Place and Time
    • GEOG 3022 - Environmental and Natural Resources
    • GEOG 3023 - Cities in a Global World
    • GEOG 3024 - Understanding Globalization
    • GEOG 3025 - Regional Dynamics
    • GEOG 3026 - Topics in the Geography of Canada
    • GEOG 3030 - Regional Field Excursion
    • GEOG 3102 - Geomorphology
    • GEOG 3103 - Watershed Hydrology
    • GEOG 3104 - Principles of Biogeography
    • GEOG 3105 - Climate and Atmospheric Change
    • GEOG 3108 - Soil Properties
    • GEOG 3206 - Health, Environment, and Society
    • GEOG 3209 - Sustainability and Environment in the South
    • GEOG 3404 - Economic Geography
    • GEOG 3501 - Northern Lands
    • GEOG 3600 - The Post-Soviet States: A Geographic Perspective
    • GEOG 3700 - Population Geography
    • GEOG 3900 - Geographic Thought and Methodology
    • GEOG 4000 - Field Studies
    • GEOG 4004 - Environmental Impact Assessment
    • GEOG 4005 - Directed Studies in Geography
    • GEOG 4013 - Cold Region Hydrology
    • GEOG 4017 - Global Biogeochemical Cycles
    • GEOG 4021 - Seminar in Culture, Identity and Place
    • GEOG 4022 - Seminar in People, Resources and Environmental Change
    • GEOG 4023 - Seminar in Sustainable Urban Environments
    • GEOG 4024 - Seminar in Globalization
    • GEOG 4040 - New Directions in Human Geography
    • GEOG 4050 - Environmental and Geographic Education
    • GEOG 4101 - Quaternary Geography
    • GEOG 4103 - Water Resources Engineering
    • GEOG 4104 - Microclimatology
    • GEOG 4108 - Permafrost
    • GEOG 4303 - Urban Planning
    • GEOG 4304 - Transportation Engineering and Planning
    • GEOG 4406 - Practicum I
    • GEOG 4408 - Practicum II
    • GEOG 4904 - Honours Research Workshop
    • GEOG 4906 - Honours Research Project
    • GEOG 4909 - Honours Research Essay

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