Undergraduate Program


The Biology Undergraduate Office has moved from 108 Farquharson to 102 Life Sciences Building. If you require any information, you may also email biology@yorku.ca or call 416-736-5745 (for 1st year courses) and 416-736-5311 (for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year courses).

PLEASE NOTE THAT PREREQUISITES ARE STRONGLY ENFORCED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY.

Chair's Message

Biology, the science of life is concerned with the structure and function of organisms, their evolution and ecology. The Department of Biology offers undergraduate instruction in all the major fields of biology, with particular strength in Cell and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While each specialized program in the Department of Biology centres on a prescribed core of courses, students have the opportunity to take a broad variety of elective courses so as to acquire an understanding of the multifaceted nature of biology today.

The Biology faculty includes accomplished and internationally renowned research scientists who are dedicated to helping students acquire critical learning, analytical and scientific skills. These skills provide students with a better understanding of the beauty, complexity and fragility of the natural world and facilitate engagement in informed discussions of scientific questions. Our goal is to provide students with an excellent well-rounded education in life sciences that can lead to fulfilling careers in industry, academia and government. We strive to inspire and engage our students through lectures, laboratory courses, field courses, and independent study programs. An important component of the undergraduate program in Biology for Honours students is the opportunity to do an Honours Thesis based on laboratory and/or field investigations under the supervision of a faculty member.

The Department of Biology is housed in three separate buildings on campus: Farquharson Building(FRQ) which is currently being renovated, Lumbers Building (LB), and Life Sciences Building (LSB). All first year and some second year laboratories are offered in the new LSB with state-of-the-art teaching, audio-visual and computing facilities.

This handbook provides information that will help you choose the right undergraduate program and courses to achieve your goals in Biology. Please pay special attention to the program requirements and course prerequisites for the various programs in Biology including the Specialized Honours Program, the Honours Major Program and the Honours Minor Program. Use the information on this website in combination with the Undergraduate Calendar for 2019-2020.

This website is primarily for current students. Prospective students should visit the Faculty of Science Future Students website.

For general questions and advice about your courses, please refer the menu on the left. For additional questions, email biology@yorku.ca, and for more substantive issues, please contact the Undergraduate Program Director, Professor Tamara Kelly (updbiol@yorku.ca). The Biology Undergraduate Office is located in the Life Sciences Building, Room 102.

I encourage you to explore the wide range of possibilities offered by Biology and I offer my best wishes for success.

Robert Tsushima, PhD
Associate Professor and Chair
Department of Biology