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Streams in Biology

Students may (but are not required to) choose to follow a course selection plan that allows for a specialization in one of the three areas:

  • Stream A: Cell, molecular and microbial biology, genetics
  • Stream B: Biodiversity, evolution and ecology
  • Stream C: Physiology and toxicology

If a student chooses to complete one of the streams, this will be designated by a letter to the student from the chair of the Department of Biology upon completion of all the degree requirements.

You apply for a stream designation only when you’re ready to graduate, by filling out the Biology Stream Designation Request Form.

To receive designation in a stream, a student must complete the appropriate 300-level core courses (1.5 credits) for that stream, as well as at least 2.5 credits from the lists of 400-level core courses and 300/400-level cognate courses for the stream. Details of requirements for each stream are below.

Students who decide not to complete a stream may choose core and cognate courses from any of the streams.

In any case, students in the Honours BSc or Honours BA Biology programs must ensure that they fulfill all requirements for their particular program.

Updated Stream Structure for Biology Programs (June 2016)

Notes

  1. The thesis course, BI499‡, runs over both the fall and winter terms. Directed studies courses (BI495) can occur in either term; the designation of a particular BI495 course to a stream in either the “core” listing or the “cognate” listing will depend on the course description and the judgement of the instructor offering the course.
  2. Students may elect to choose senior BI courses in order to fulfill the requirements for one of three streams (note: streaming is not mandatory). To receive designation as having completed a stream, students must complete 4.0 credits as outlined in Note 3.
  3. To receive designation in Streams A and C, a student must complete the appropriate 300-level mandatory core courses (1.5 credits) as well as at least 2.5 credits from the lists of 300 and 400-level core courses and 300 and 400-level cognate courses, with the provisions that:
    • At least 2.0 of these credits are from the 300 and 400-level core list;
    • At least 2.0 of these credits are at the 400-level.
  4. To receive designation in Stream B, a student must complete the mandatory 1.5 credits from the mandatory core course list in Stream B, and an additional 2.5 credits from the Stream B lists. Students may count up to 1.0 credit from the 300-level field courses, and must have a minimum of 1.0 credit from the 300 and 400-level core course list; these students must have at least 1.5 credits at the 400-level.

Course Titles for Special Topics Courses Offered Since 2010

Note: Some special topics courses have now been regularized, and have received a unique course number. Please note that the human biology courses (HE210/BI210 = HN210; HE211/BI216 = HN220; BI217 = HN320) will not be assigned to a stream.

  • BI396L Special Topics: Biostatistics. Has been regularized as BI393 Biostatistics. A student may hold credit for only one of BI396L or BI393.
  • BI396M Special Topics: Immunology. Has been regularized as BI417 Immunology. A student may hold credit for only one of BI396M or BI417.
  • BI396N Special Topics: Plant Life in Aquatic and Amphibious Environments
  • BI396P Special Topics: Plant Physiology. Has been regularized as BI369 Plant Physiology. A student may hold credit for only one of BI396P or BI369.
  • BI396Q Special Topics: Plant Ecology. To be regularized as BI363 Plant Ecology. A student may hold credit for only one of BI396Q or BI363.
  • BI396R Special Topics: Microbial Physiology. Has been regularized to BI376 Microbial Physiology. A student may hold credit for only one of BI396R or BI376.
  • BI396S Special Topics: Vertebrate Anatomy
  • BI396T Special Topics: Introduction to Wetland Ecology
  • BI496G Special Topics: Parasitology. Has been regularized as BI484 Fundamentals of Parasitology. A student may hold credit for only one of BI496G or BI484.
  • BI496R Special Topics: Pathophysiology. Has been regularized as BI416 Pathophysiology. A student may hold credit for only one of BI496R or BI416.
  • BI496S Special Topics: Physiological Adaptations of Fishes
  • BI496T Special Topics: Biotic Interactions in Plant Communities
  • BI496U Special Topics: Biomedical Virology. Has been regularized as BI470 Biomedical Virology. A student may hold credit for only one of BI496U or BI470.
  • BI496V Special Topics: Human Microbiome. Has been regularized to BI421 Human Microbiome. A student may hold credit for only one of BI496V or BI421.
  • BI496W Special Topics: Conservation Biology. Has been regularized to BI409 Conservation Biology. A student may hold credit for only one of BI496W or BI409.

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