Advising

Advising

There are many resources to help you better understand your degree requirements, and track your degree progress, including academic advising and mandatory group advising in your second term of the first year. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that you track your progress such that you successfully complete your degree. Check out information posted on our website – it’s highly likely that your question will be answered!

If you have questions, who you see depends on the nature of your question:

Visit the Undergraduate Office for questions about biology courses and programs, including:

  • Biology course enrollments
  • Letters of permission for Biology courses
  • Deferred standing for a final exam in Biology
  • Formal grade appraisal for a Biology course
If you require extra assistance/information, you can book an appointment (see below) with one of our academic advisors (the Undergraduate Program Director [UPD] and the First Year Academic Advisor). These appointments normally provide advice on specific questions; they do not repeat information provided in the mandatory group advising sessions, the calendar, or the website. You are required to bring a copy of your completed Degree Checklist with you to the appointment. If you do not have a copy of the Degree Checklist, please visit Science Academic Services (LB 352.).
Upper Year Advising (in Year 2 and above)
First Year Advising (up until the Fall of second year)
Advisor: Dr. Nicole Nivillac – biology@yorku.ca
Upper Year Advising (in Year 2 and above)
Advisor: Dr. Tamara Kelly – biology@yorku.ca
This booking system is only for students currently enrolled in a Biology Program. If you are not in the Biology Department, please contact your current department for advising.
Biochemistry students should normally see the
Chemistry Undergraduate Program Director (UPD).
Science Academic Services (SAS)
352 Lumbers
Biology Undergraduate Office
102 LSB
SAS provides general advising to all science students. You should visit SAS for any general advising questions, including:

  • Degree checklists & degree audits (especially one year ahead of your expected graduation date!)
  • Understanding academic decisions (e.g., Academic Warning, Fail to Gain Standing)
  • Requirements for programs and program changes
  • General degree requirements (e.g., non-science requirements)

Planning Your Degree

Below are a few sample programs to give you some idea of how to plan your degree. They do not replace the calendar or a degree checklist. Keep in mind that there are many course combinations that will fulfill degree requirements: you do not have to follow any of these specific sets of courses. For most of these programs, we have specified the Biology and other science courses you would take to fulfill degree requirements, but we have not specified the other courses. A science elective means any science course, a free elective means any course at any level. A free elective can be another Biology course, science course or non science course.

Sample Program: Honours Major BSc Biology
Sample Program: Honours Specialized BSc Biology
Sample Program 1: Honours Major BSc Biology, Biomedical Stream
Sample Program 2: Honours Major BSc Biology, Biomedical Stream
Sample Program 3: Honours Major BSc Biology, Biomedical Stream

Group Advising

To help you choose your second year courses, we provided group advising sessions for students in B.Sc. Biology and B.Sc. Biology, Biomedical Science Stream. For those who were unable to attend, the videos can now be found online.

PowerPoint slides for first year advising can be found here: B.Sc. Biology and B.Sc. Biology, Biomedical Science Stream

For students in the Biotechnology or Environmental Biology programs, if you require assistance in choosing courses for the following year, please contact the Undergraduate Biology Office.