Environmental Biology Option

The Environmental Biology Option is offered as an Honours or Major Program through the Department of Biology.

The Honours program requires the student to take a minimum of 150 credit hours, including 74 ch of Years I and II requirements, 44 ch of Years III and IV requirements (see below), and 32 ch of electives (which include a minimum of 12 ch of courses in the Faculty of Arts). A student must sustain a minimum CGPA of 3.0, and is eligible to apply for BIOL 4090 (Honours by thesis).

The Major program requires a minimum of 132 credit hours, with 69 ch of Years I and II requirements, 38 ch of Years III and IV requirements, and 25 ch of electives (including a minimum of 12 ch of course in the Faculty of Arts).

NOTE: Students must consult their Environmental Biology advisor for information about prerequisites, electives, and program planning.

Year I (34 ch, same for both Honours and Majors programs)

  1. MATH 1003 or 1053 (3ch), STAT 2264 (3ch)
  2. BIOL 1001 , 1006 , 1012 and 1017 (10ch)
  3. CHEM 1001 , 1006 , 1012 and 1017 (10 ch)
  4. GEOL 1001 , 1012 and 1017 (8ch)

Year II (40 ch Honours, 35 ch Majors)

  1. CHEM 2111 (5 ch, Honours program only)
  2. Cell/Molecular module (10 ch) BIOL 2025 , 2033 , 2053
  3. Ecology/Evolution module (10 ch) BIOL 2113 , 2105 , 2143
  4. Organismal module (15 ch) BIOL 2073 , 2083 , 2093.

Years III and IV (44 ch Honours, 38 ch Majors minimum required plus electives)

  1. BIOL 4863 (4 ch)
  2. Two of ENVS 2003 , 2023 , 4001 or 4002 (6 ch)
  3. One of BIOL 3801 (3 ch), 3521 (5 ch) or 3261 (3 ch)
  4. One of BIOL 3173 , 3383 , 4443 , or equivalent (4 ch)
  5. Minimum 12 ch for Honours, 9 ch for Major from Group A courses (see below)
  6. Minimum 15 ch for Honours, 12 ch for Major from Group B courses (see below)
  7. Electives to bring total credit hours in Honours program to 150 ch, Majors 132 ch minimum.

NOTE: Credit for a course will only be counted once toward degree requirements. 

Group A Courses (Plants and Microbes)
BIOL 3206 Advanced Microbiology Laboratory (4 ch)
BIOL 3261 Microbial Physiology (3 ch)
BIOL 3293 Population Genetics (3 ch)
BIOL 3301 Taxonomy of the Flowering Plants (5 ch)
BIOL 3423 Forest Tree Genetics and Genomics (3 ch)
BIOL 3441 Forest Ecology: Populations and Communities (5 ch)
BIOL 3521 Plant Function: Physiology and Primary Metabolism (5 ch)
BIOL 3541 Plant Ecology (5 ch)
BIOL 3633 Biological Oceanography (3 ch)
BIOL 3943 Hypothesis Testing in Biology (3 ch)
BIOL 4221 Diversity, Evolution and Ecology of Marine Plants (4 ch)
BIOL 4352 Climate Change and Environmental Response (3 ch)
BIOL 4413 Environmental Plant Physiology (3 ch)
BIOL 4423 Resource Conservation Genetics (3 ch)
ENR 3111 Estuary and Ocean Ecosystems (3 ch)

Group B Courses (Animals and Ecology)
BIOL 3113 Evolutionary Ecology (5 ch)
BIOL 3293 Population Genetics (3 ch)
BIOL 3602 Invertebrate Zoology (5 ch)
BIOL 3633 Biological Oceanography (3 ch)
BIOL 3703 Vertebrate Zoology (5 ch)
BIOL 3801 Animal Physiology (3 ch)
BIOL 3873 Ethology (3 ch)
BIOL 3883 Entomology (4 ch)
BIOL 3908 Laboratory Studies in Vertebrate Physiology (3 ch)
BIOL 3943 Hypothesis Testing in Biology (3 ch)
BIOL 4191 Wildlife Management (3 ch)
BIOL 4233 Conservation Biology (3 ch)
BIOL 4352 Climate Change and Environmental Response (3 ch)
BIOL 4641 Coastal Marine Ecology (4 ch)
BIOL 4723 Ornithology (5 ch)
BIOL 4732 Mammalogy (5 ch)
BIOL 4741 Fish Biology (2 ch)
BIOL 4746 Advanced Studies in Ichthyology (3 ch)
BIOL 4899 Population Analyses (3 ch)
BIOL 4991 Aquaculture in Canada (4 ch)
BIOL 4773 River and Lake Ecosystems (3 ch)
BIOL 5473 Experimental Design and Data Analysis in Biology and Forestry (3 ch)
ENR 4111 Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences Techniques (3 ch)
FOR 4602 Ecology and Forest Insects (3 ch)
FOR 4656 Wildlife: Scale and Forest Landscapes (3 ch)