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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 Physics
  • Course description
    Biology and Physics
    B.Sc. Combined Honours (20.0 credits)

       1. Credits Included in the Major CGPA (12.5 credits):

       1. 1.0 credit from (PHYS 1001 and PHYS 1002) (recommended), or (PHYS 1003 and PHYS 1004), or (PHYS 1007 and PHYS 1008 with an average grade of B- or higher);
       2. 2.5 credits in PHYS 2604, PHYS 2202, PHYS 3308, PHYS 4409, and ECOR 2606;
       3. 2.0 credits in PHYS 3007, PHYS 3207, PHYS 3606, and PHYS 3701;
       4. 1.0 credit from PHYS 3802, PHYS 4008, PHYS 4203, PHYS 4508, or PHYS 4707;
       5. 4.0 credits in BIOL 1003, BIOL 1004, BIOL 2200, BIOL 2104, BIOL 2001, BIOL 3201, BIOL 3104, and BIOL 3305;
       6. 1.0 credit from BIOL 4106, BIOL 4109, BIOL 4202, BIOL 4301, BIOL 4302, or BIOL 4306;
       7. 1.0 credit in one of:
             1. BIOL 4908 [1.0];
             2. PHYS 4909 [1.0];
             3. PHYS 4907 plus 0.5 credit in PHYS at the 4000-level;
             4. PHYS 4908 plus 0.5 credit in PHYS at the 4000-level;

       2. Credits Not Included in the Major CGPA (7.5 credits):

       8. 1.0 credit in CHEM 1000 [1.0];
       9. 0.5 credit from MATH 1004 or MATH 1007;
      10. 0.5 credit from MATH 1104 or MATH 1107;
      11. 2.0 credits in STAT 2507, MATH 1005, MATH 2004, and MATH 3705;
      12. 0.5 credit from COMP 1005 or COMP 1007;
      13. 0.5 credit in NSCI 1000 or Approved Arts or Social Sciences Elective;
      14. 1.5 credits in Approved Arts or Social Sciences;
      15. 1.0 credit in free electives.

    • 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
    • PHYS 1001 - Foundations of Physics I
    • PHYS 1002 - Foundations of Physics II
    • PHYS 1003 - Introductory Mechanics and Thermodynamics
    • PHYS 1004 - Introductory Electromagnetism and Wave Motion
    • PHYS 1007 - Elementary University Physics I
    • PHYS 1008 - Elementary University Physics II
    • PHYS 1901 - Planetary Astronomy
    • PHYS 1902 - From our Star to the Cosmos
    • PHYS 2004 - Modern Physics for Engineers
    • PHYS 2101 - Mechanics and Properties of Matter
    • PHYS 2202 - Wave Motion and Optics
    • PHYS 2203 - Astronomy
    • PHYS 2305 - Electricity and Magnetism
    • PHYS 2306 - Physics of Electrical and Electronic Measurements I
    • PHYS 2604 - Modern Physics I
    • PHYS 2903 - Physics and the Imagination
    • PHYS 2906 - Co-operative Work Term Report 1
    • PHYS 3007 - Third Year Physics Laboratory: Selected Experiments and Seminars
    • PHYS 3008 - Third Year Physics Laboratory: Selected Experiments and Workshop
    • PHYS 3207 - Topics in Biophysics
    • PHYS 3308 - Electromagnetism
    • PHYS 3402 - Heat and Thermodynamics
    • PHYS 3606 - Modern Physics II
    • PHYS 3608 - Modern Applied Physics
    • PHYS 3701 - Elements of Quantum Mechanics
    • PHYS 3801 - Classical Mechanics
    • PHYS 3802 - Advanced Dynamics
    • PHYS 3807 - Mathematical Physics I
    • PHYS 3808 - Mathematical Physics II
    • PHYS 3904 - Co-operative Work Term Report 2
    • PHYS 3905 - Co-operative Work Term Report 3
    • PHYS 3906 - Co-operative Work Term Report 4
    • PHYS 4007 - Fourth-Year Physics Laboratory: Selected Experiments and Seminars
    • PHYS 4008 - Fourth-Year Physics Laboratory: Selected Experiments and Workshop
    • PHYS 4201 - Astrophysics
    • PHYS 4202 - Cosmology
    • PHYS 4203 - Physical Applications of Fourier Analysis
    • PHYS 4208 - Modern Optics
    • PHYS 4307 - Electromagnetic Radiation
    • PHYS 4407 - Statistical Physics
    • PHYS 4409 - Thermodynamics and Statistical Physics
    • PHYS 4508 - Solid State Physics
    • PHYS 4602 - Particle Physics
    • PHYS 4608 - Nuclear Physics
    • PHYS 4707 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics I
    • PHYS 4708 - Introduction to Quantum Mechanics II
    • PHYS 4807 - Computational Physics
    • PHYS 4901 - Special Topics in Physics
    • PHYS 4905 - Cooperative Work Term Report 5
    • PHYS 4906 - Cooperative Work Term Report 6
    • PHYS 4907 - Fourth-Year Project
    • PHYS 4908 - Fourth-Year Project
    • PHYS 4909 - Fourth-Year Project

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