Advising

General Information

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. Alex Mills – biology@yorku.ca
Upper Year Advising (in Year 2 and above)
Advisor: Dr. Paula Wilson – 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)

Choosing your Courses

Choosing your courses for second year - Biology

If you are in a BSc Biology program, please consult these resources:

B.Sc Biology power point slides

B.Sc. Biology recorded group advising presentation (June 2020)

Choosing your courses for second year - Biomedical Science

If you are in Biomedical Science, please consult these resources:

B.Sc Biomedical Science power point slides

B.Sc. Biomedical Science recorded group advising presentation (March 2020)

Choosing courses for second year – Biotechnology

If you are in Biotechnology, please consult the academic calendar here https://calendars.students.yorku.ca/2020-2021/programs?faculty=SC&url=biology-faculty-of-science and contact biology@yorku.ca for advising if you have questions.

Choosing courses for second year – Environmental Biology

If you are in Environmental Biology, please consult the academic calendar here https://calendars.students.yorku.ca/2020-2021/programs?faculty=SC&url=environmental-biology and contact biology@yorku.ca for advising if you have questions.

** Important Changes for BIOL 2030 4.0 and BIOL 2070 3.0 or Fall 2020

New courses BIOL 2030 3.0 and BIOL 2071 3.0

Choosing your courses for third and fourth year – Biology & Biomedical Science

If you are in the BSc Biology program or the BSc Biology, Biomedical Science Stream, watch the advising presentation below to help you choose your third and fourth year courses.

Choosing Third and Fourth Year Courses for BSc Biology

Choosing Third and Fourth Year Courses for Biomedical Science

 

NOTE: For students in the Biotechnology or Environmental Biology programs, if you require assistance in choosing courses, please email biology@yorku.ca.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about problems enrolling in courses or missing a test? Please take a look at some of our most frequently asked questions.

Changes for Fall 2020