Department of Cell Biology

Undergraduate Courses

CELL 201 - Introduction to Molecular Cell Biology

CELL 300 - Advanced Cell Biology I

CELL 301 - Advanced Cell Biology II

CELL 398 - Research Project

CELL 402 - The Birth and Death of a Cell

CELL 405 - Cell Biology of Disease

CELL 445 - Current Topics in Cell Biology

CELL 498 - Research Project

CELL 499 - Research Project

 

Descriptions

CELL 201 - Introduction to Molecular Cell Biology

Description: *3 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-0). An introductory course suitable for students interested in pursuing Cell Biology specialization/honors. This course focuses on the molecular aspects of modern cell biology. Topics covered include the nucleus and gene expression; membrane structure and function; signal transduction; organelle biogenesis; cytoskeleton and cell motility; cell adhesion; the cell cycle; cancer; differentiation and stem cell technology. Reference will be made to key investigators and new technologies that have defined molecular cell biology.

Prerequisites: BIOL 107 or SCI 100

Prerequisites or Co-requisite: CHEM 164 or 261 or SCI 100

Note: Not to be taken by students with credit in BIOL 201, in addition, not available to students currently enrolled in BIOL 201.

Offered: T R 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

CELL 300 - Advanced Cell Biology I

Description: *3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0). Advanced course studying various topics in modern molecular cell biology emphasizing the design of experiments, the interpretation of their results and the extrapolation of their findings. Examines aspects of eukaryotic cell structure and function. Includes, but not restricted to, areas such as protein targeting, organelle biogenesis, intracellular signaling, pathogen-cell interactions and cell-cell interactions. Makes extensive use of scientific literature to illustrate important concepts.

Prerequisites: CELL 201 or BIOL 201, BIOCH 200

Offered: T R 9:30 am to 10:50 am

CELL 301 - Advanced Cell Biology II

Description: *3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0). Continuation of CELL 300, covering topics from CELL 300 in greater depth and recent developments in cell biology. Intended for, but not restricted to, students in the Cell Biology Honors and Specialization programs.

Offered: T R 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Recommended prerequisite: CELL 300 or consent of the Department

 

CELL 398 - Research Project

Description: *3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-0-3). Directed research carried out in a laboratory of a member participating in the Cell Biology Program. Credit may be obtained for this course only once. Successful completion requires a written report on the research project.  This course in geared to students in their third year of study. 

Prerequisites: Pre or co-requisites: Any 300-level Science course (CELL 300 recommended) and the consent of the Cell Biology Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies.

Course Catalogue Number: Closed to web registration.  Go to the Department website for project information. This course can also be taken as a six week Spring/Summer Session course.

General comments: Before starting to work, students and their supervisors submit a brief description of what they will be doing in the course during the semester. At the end of the semester, each student must write a report on her/his project. The supervisors and the coordinator will evaluate reports. Evaluation will be based on the students' performance in the lab and their written reports. More information is available in the following form.


Possible Supervisors: Any researcher in the Faculties of Science or Medicine & Dentistry.

CELL 402 - The Birth and Death of a Cell

Description: *3 (fi 6) (second term, 3-0-0). An advanced course dealing with cell
differentiation, intracellular and extracellular signaling processes, the cell cycle and apoptosis. The course will consist of lecture material and small group learning sessions and will require reading and discussion of current research articles. Enrollment is limited and registration is by permission of the Department.

Prerequisites: Any 300-level Science course or consent of the Department.

Offered: T R 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

CELL 405 - Cell Biology of Disease

Description: *3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0). This course focuses on the nature and mechanisms of disease processes. Through integration of practical classes with lectures, abnormalities in the structure and function of cells, tissues and organs that underlie disease are explored. Emphasis is placed on current research aimed at understanding the mechanisms of disease and disease therapy. Topics covered may include genetic disorders, cancer, cellular pathology, immunology, microbiology, parasitology and virology.

Prerequisite: Any 300-level Science course.  Enrolment is limited and registration is by permission of the Department.  

Offered: T R 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm

CELL 445 - Current Topics in Cell Biology

Description: *3 (fi 6) (first term, 3-0-0).  Study of recent literature that defines significant advances in cellular and molecular biology research.  Introduces students to advancements in cellular and molecular biology research of outstanding quality and interest.  Instruction will be provided on critical analysis of research articles, presentation of scientific results, and assessment of research grants.  Students will be exposed to current literature through student-led presentations and discussions.  

Prerequisite:  Any 300-level Science course or consent of Department.  Enrolment is limited and registration is by permission of the Department. 

Offered: T R 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

 

CELL 498 - Research Project

Description: *3 (fi 6) (either term, 0-0-3). Directed research carried out in a laboratory of a member participating in the Cell Biology Program. Credit may be obtained for this course more than once. Successful completion requires a written report on the research project.   

Prerequisites: A 300-level CELL, Biological Sciences, or Biochemistry course and the consent of the Cell Biology Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies.

Course Catalogue Number: Closed to web registration. Go to the Department website for project information. This course can also be taken as a six week Spring/Summer session course.

General comments: Before starting to work, students and their supervisors submit a brief description of what they will be doing in the course during the semester. At the end of the semester, each student must write a report on her/his project. The supervisors and the coordinator will evaluate reports. Evaluation will be based on the students' performance in the lab and their written reports. More information is available in the following form.

Possible Supervisors: Any researcher in the Faculties of Science or Medicine & Dentistry. 
  

CELL 499 - Research Project

Description: *6 (fi 12) (two term, 0-0-6). Directed research carried out in a laboratory of a member participating in the Cell Biology Program.  The project normally continues through both the Fall and Winter terms.  Successful completion of this course requires a written report and oral presentation on the research project.

Prerequisites: A 300-level CELL, Biological Sciences, or Biochemistry course, and the consent of the Cell Biology Associate Chair, Undergraduate Studies.

Course Catalogue Number: Closed to web registration.  Go to the Department website for project information. 

General comments: Before starting to work, students and their supervisors submit a brief description of what they will be doing in the course during the semester. At the end of the semester, each student must write a report on her/his project. The supervisors and the coordinator will evaluate reports. Evaluation will be based on the students' performance in the lab and their written reports. More information is available in the following form.

Possible Supervisors:  Any researcher in the Faculties of Science or Medicine & Dentistry.