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Special Topics

Special Topics Biology Courses (BI396 and BI496)

Fall 2018

BI496Y: Plant Root Mutualisms

Prerequisite: BI368 or BI369.

An in-depth examination of two intimate symbiotic relationships resulting in the formation of either nodules or mycorrhizae, two types of structures which prove to be essential in plant nutrient uptake and associations which to be successful rely on a tight orchestration between both the plant and the micro-symbiont. Both mutualistic alliances are based on molecular signalling and recognition, morphological and physiological responses, and biochemical contributions from the symbiotic players.

Winter 2019

BI496C: Science Communication

Note: Must be enrolled in Applied Water Science or Biology and in fourth year.

This course will prepare students to effectively communicate scientific ideas and results to non-scientists using a variety of written, oral, tactile, and social media formats. Projects and assignments will be designed to have real-world applications and products.

Previous Special Topics Courses Offered Since 2010

Some special topics courses become "regularized" as senior BI or WASC courses and details are provided below. When a special topics course is regularized then you cannot hold credit for both the special topic course and the regular course (they are exclusions so you can only get credit for the special topics course or the regular course it became).

Regularized Special Topics Courses

Original Special Topics Course Offered

Subsequent Equivalent "Regularized" Course

BI396L: Biostatistics

BI393: Biostatistics

BI396M: Immunology

BI417: Immunology

BI396N: Plant Life in Aquatic and Amphibious Environments


BI396P: Plant Physiology

BI369: Plant Physiology

BI396Q: Plant Ecology

BI363: Plant Ecology

BI396R: Microbial Physiology

BI376: Microbial Physiology

BI396S: Vertebrate anatomy

BI359: Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy

BI396T: Introduction to Wetland Ecology

WASC201: Wetland Science

BI396U: Limnology

WASC302: Limnology*

BI396V: Water Policy

WASC301: Water Policy Legislation*

BI496G: Parasitology

BI484: Fundamentals of Parasitology

BI496R: Pathophysiology

BI416: Pathophysiology

BI496S: Physiological Adaptations of Fishes


BI496T: Biotic Interactions in Plant Communities


BI496U: Biomedical Virology

BI470: Biomedical Virology

BI496V: Human Microbiome

BI421: Human Microbiome

BI496W: Conservation Biology

BI409: Conservation Biology

*Regularized for 2018/19 academic year, senior WASC courses count as senior BI credits.