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Bachelor of Science (Biological Sciences)

The general aim of the degree courses offered by the School of Biological Sciences is to provide students, regardless of previous background, with a basic understanding of the major principles, concepts and technologies of modern Biology. A major in Biological Sciences can be taken in the fields of biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, immunology, comparative physiology, terrestrial ecology, marine biology, evolutionary biology and environmental biology.

Major Study

First year (BIOL103, 104) is a general, self-contained introduction to Biology as well as essential background for future years. Students wishing to major in Biological Sciences must also take both first year Chemistry subjects. Students are required to take four 200-level Biological Sciences subjects selected from the seven available. Note prerequisites for 3rd Year subjects when selecting the combination of 2nd year subjects. Students proceeding to a Biological Sciences major are strongly encouraged to take more than the minimum array of Biological Sciences subjects, especially at second year. All students majoring in Biological Sciences must take at least three 300-level subjects that form a coherent course of study. Approved subject combinations are (i) BIOL320, 321, and one of BIOL303, 332, CHEM320 (ii) BIOL351, 355 and BIOL332. Other subject combinations are possible and should be discussed with the Head of Department.

Second Majors
Second majors with other Departments are also available. In particular, students interested in Biochemistry may take a second major in Chemistry; students interested in Ecology should consider a second major in Physical Geography; and students interested in comparative physiology should consider subjects from the Health and Behavioural Sciences schedule.

Subjects   Credit Points
BIOL103 Molecules, Cells and Organisms 6
BIOL104 Evolution, Biodiversity and Environment 6
CHEM101 Chemistry 1A 6
CHEM102 Chemistry 1B 6
Total for major at 100-level: 24
MATH151 General Mathematics 1A (if required) 6
Note: students wishing to take MARE200 and MARE300 should note that one of EESC102 Earth Environments and Resources or EESC112 Landscape change and Climatology is required as a prerequisite.
Four of the following subjects (24 credit points) and Statistics (STAT252)
BIOL213 Principles of Biochemistry 6
BIOL214 The Biochemistry of Energy and Metabolism 6
BIOL215 Introductory Genetics 6
BIOL240 Functional Biology of Plants and Animals 6
BIOL241 Biodiversity: Classification and Sampling 6
BIOL251 Principles of Ecology and Evolution 6
MARE200 Introduction to Oceanography 6
STAT252 Statistics for Natural Sciences 6
Total for major at 200-level: 30
An approved combination of three of the following subjects (at least 24 credit points):
BIOL303 Biotechnology: Applied Molecular and Cell Biology 8
CHEM320 Bioinformatics: From Genome to Structure 8
BIOL320 Molecular Cell Biology 8
BIOL321 Cellular and Molecular Immunology 8
BIOL332 Ecological and Evolutionary Physiology 8
BIOL351 Conservation Biology: Marine and Terrestrial Populations 8
BIOL355 Marine and Terrestrial Ecology 8
MARE300 Fisheries and Aquaculture 8
Total for major at 300-level: 24
Plus additional subjects chosen from the Science Schedule: 12
Plus elective subjects chosen from the Science Schedule or the General Schedule:* 54
Degree Total: 144
400-Level (Honours Program)
BIOL401 Biology Honours 48
BIOL402 Biology Joint Honours 24

*The degree structure must include a minimum of 32 credit points at 300-level.

Notes on Biological Sciences major

  1. A fourth Biological Sciences 200-level subject may be waived for students taking both a Biological Sciences major and a major from the School of Geosciences.
  2. A Mathematics or Statistics subject acceptable to the Department of Biological Sciences may be substituted for STAT252.
  3. STAT252 may be waived for some programs combining 300-level Biological Sciences and another approved discipline.

Advanced Biology Project (BIOL392) is an 8-credit point project-based subject and Advanced Biology (BIOL391) is a 16 credit point project-based subject. These two subjects are available for high-quality students wishing to complement their coursework with research projects. Entry into these subjects is by permission of the Coordinator and requires good performance (usually Distinction average) in four 200-level Biological Sciences subjects.

An elective subject, MARE357 - Advances in Molluscan Biology, is offered in Summer Session for students wishing to gain additional field experience.


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