Biology Fredericton

For more information on courses offered through the Department of Biology on the Fredericton campus, please contact a program assistant.
Course NumberCourse NameDescriptionCredit Hours
BIOL6003 Graduate Student Seminar (MSc) (F) MSc students are required to present one Biology 6003 seminar. The seminar for MSc students must not be directly related to thesis work. Generally, MSc students will give their seminars in year two of their studies. 3 ch
BIOL6050 Development Biology 6 ch
BIOL6051 Molecular Biology 3 ch
BIOL6103 Graduate Student Seminar (PhD) (F) PhD students are required to present two Biology 6103 seminars. The seminars for one of the PhD seminars must not be directly related to thesis work. Generally, PhD students will give their seminars in years two and three of their studies. 3 ch
BIOL6149 Directed Studies in Biology 3 ch
BIOL6181 Advanced Wildlide Ecology 3 ch
BIOL6183 River Habitats and Hydraulics

A full credit field course to provide theoretical and practical understanding of the hydrology and ecology of natural, large river ecosystems; interdisciplinary focus of abiotic-biotic interactions via group and individual study; topics to be covered include fluvial geomorphology, open-channel hydraulics, environmental perturbations, habitat survey and sampling design, benthic invertebrate identification and ecology; fish identification and ecology; nutrient/trophic dynamics; impact assessment and river habitat restoration. Emphasis will be on the form and function of large river environments as unique, complex ecosystems by using a stream reach to catchment (landscape) perspective.

Prerequisites : 3rd/4th Year Ecology, or equivalent experience.

3 ch
BIOL6185 Ecotoxicology Theoretical and applied approaches to the science of ecotoxicology, including application of the tools and procedures used to understand toxicant fate and effect in ecosystems. Focuses on exposure to relevant and up-to-date material in the primary literature. 3 ch
BIOL6220 Phycology Students will explore the diverse anatomical, cytological, life history and ecological attributes of local marine macroalgae through hands-on fieldwork and laboratory examination of fresh specimens. Students will compare and contrast morphological versus molecular biodiversity assessments of local species (a field cost may be associated with this course).  Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. 6 ch
BIOL6249 Molecular Evolution and Systematics This course explores DNA sequence alignment methods, phylogenetic analyses and the caveats associated with using the previous tools through independent study and discussion sessions. Emphasis is placed on hands-on assignments using computer programs to analyze student-supplied sequence data.    Prerequisites: Approval of instructor. 3 ch
BIOL6292 Animal Health in Aquaculture 3 ch
BIOL6345 Natural Products I: Structure Determination This hands- on course will provide students with the knowledge and skills required to elucidate the structures of new natural products through analysis of nuclear magnetic resonance and mass spectrometric data. The ability to elucidate natural product structures will be required for all graduate students working in the Natural Products Research Group at UNB. 3 ch
BIOL6355 Natural Products II: Isolation, Identification and Significance This course will focus on the strategies and techniques employed in the isolation and identification on new natural products. Examples from current literature and case studies of historically and socially important natural products will be used to illustrate the various approaches that can be applied to elucidate their structures. The uses and significance of natural products will also be discussed. 3 ch
BIOL6363 Plant Molecular Biology This course examines current research in plant molecular biology with an emphasis on the regulation of gene expression and signal transduction pathways. Topics to be discussed include: plant genomics, regulation of photosynthesis, plant growth regulators, organelle molecular biology, organelle-nucleus interactions, light receptors and environmental stress responses. 3 ch
BIOL6403 Advanced Plant Physiology The focus of this course will be the Ecophysiology of plants. The course takes an integrative approach to understanding mechanisms plants used to adapt to harsh and changing environmental conditions. This course will cover, at an advanced level, water/solute relations, the interactions of transpiration and CO2 uptake, as well as environmental influences upon photosynthesis. 3 ch
BIOL6463 Scientific Writing

A workshop and project-oriented course in scientific writing. The primary focus is on writing the journal paper. Enrolling students must have a research project with data advanced enough to be written up as part of the course activity, and must be able to share drafts with classmates. The graduate version of this course will use the same structure and assignments as the undergraduate, but performance will be expected commensurate with experience. Limited enrolment; permission of instruction required.

3 ch
BIOL6549 Advanced Plant Ecology 3 ch
BIOL6553 Techniques of Electron Microscopy 3 ch
BIOL6666 Quaternary Paleocology & Climate Change Advanced topics in how plant and animal communities have changed over the last glacial-interglacial cycle in response to climate change. 3 ch
BIOL6671 Advanced Parasitology I 3 ch
BIOL6672 Advanced Parasitology II 3 ch
BIOL6690 Advanced Parasitology III 6 ch
BIOL6772 Advanced Aquatic Ecology Provides a foundation of understanding of ecosystem processes in freshwaters including streams, lakes, and wetlands. Physical and biological components of such systems will be presented, and concepts and theories defining aquatic ecology will be discussed. 3 ch
BIOL6831 Fish Physiology 3 ch
BIOL6832 Fish Physiology 3 ch
BIOL6853 Bioacoustics 3 ch
BIOL6855 Biometrics Students are introduced to a hands-on approach to analyzing data using R. Topics will include: fundamental statistical concepts such as visualizing data, parameter estimation, p-value interpretation, effect size, model assumptions and power, as well as specific tests including t-test, ANOVA, ANCOVA, correlation, linear regression, multiple regression, and logistic regression. If time permits we will explore more advanced tests such as generalized linear models, regression/classification trees and multivariate techniques.Prerequisite: STAT 1793 or equivalent. 4 ch
BIOL6873 Nutrition Aquaculture 3 ch
BIOL6883 Entomology Ecology, evolution, taxonomy, and diversity of insects, both terrestrial and aquatic. This course studies the most diverse group of animals on Earth: the Insecta. Topics include insect body, plans, growth, and development; major evolutionary groups of insects; ecological and economic importance of insects; insect collection and identification. Students will make and curate insect collections (this will be accomplished most easily by students who being the summer before taking the course; interested students should contact the instructor for more information).Prerequisite: BIOL 2093 4 ch
BIOL6890 Comparative Animal Physiology 6 ch
BIOL6910 Research Methods (F) 3 ch
BIOL6913 Research Skills and Perspectives This course is required for all graduate students in the GAU. It introduces to a range of topics and skills relevant to an academic career, including aspects of ethics, the philosophy of science, writing NSERC research grants, the peer-review process as it applies to publications, and certain issues in experimental designs and data analysis. 3 ch
BIOL6930 Aquaculture 6 ch
BIOL6932 3 ch
BIOL6997 MSc Thesis Cr
BIOL6998 PhD Thesis Cr