This size and breadth of research interests has allowed the Department to build world-class facilities that would be difficult to maintain by a smaller unit.
The Department's Research Facilities Include:
Our Undergraduate Program
The Department of Biological Sciences offers more than 100 courses to undergraduate students with areas of concentration in Animal Biology, Cell Biotechnology, Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, Molecular Genetics, Physiology and Developmental Biology, and Plant Biology. These areas of concentration may be pursued through either an honors or specialization program within the Department. In collaboration with other departments, we also offer honors and specialization programs in Bioinformatics, Cell Biology, Immunology and Infection, Marine Science, and Paleontology. General program students in the Faculty of Science may choose from our rich selection of courses to pursue a major in biology.
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Our Graduate Program
The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest and most scientifically diverse departments of its kind in Canada. Six Research Interest Groups with overlapping memberships (Ecology, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Physiology and Cell Biology, Plant Biology, and Systematics and Evolution) provide expertise in all areas of biological sciences.
We offer research-orientated, thesis-based graduate programs at both the MSc and PhD levels. Study programs are tailored individually to graduate student needs and emphasize interdisciplinary thinking. All students accepted into our MSc and PhD programs have guaranteed funding for 3 and 5 years, at rates of ~CDN$18,500 and ~CDN$19,100, respectively. Teaching training is provided and is mandatory for all students on graduate teaching assistantships. With ~270 graduate students, >70 full-time faculty, excellent support facilities and ample research funding (totalling more than CDN$16 million in 2003), a vibrant and exciting learning environment is provided. Our students are highly productive (averaging 1.3 and 5.6 thesis-related refereed publications for MSc and PhD, respectively). They are also very successful in obtaining major scholarships and awards during their graduate programs (50 new major scholarships won in 2003), and have successful careers following graduation.
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