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BI1013 Introduction to Biology I

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of biology including cell biology, genetics, and zoology. BI1013 complements BI1023. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITE: Grade 12 Biology or Permission of the Registrar

BI1023 Introduction to Biology II

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Discover the diversity of living organisms and their interactions in BI1023. Additional attention will be placed on the world of plants. BI1023 complements BI1013. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITE: BI1013 or Permission of the Registrar

BI1613 Foundations to Biology I

CREDIT HOURS: 3

BI1613 together with BI1623 provide non-biology majors with a basic foundation for studies in biology. The two courses present a broad survey of key areas of biology such as the structure and function of cells, genetics, and the diversity of life.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Registrar

BI1623 Foundations to Biology II

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course is the second part of introduction to biology following BI1613 and will provide the basic foundation for studies in biology. The two courses present a broad survey of different areas of biology including the structure and function of cells, genetics, the origin of life, the kingdoms of life, human anatomy, and physiology.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Registrar

BI2013 Ecology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Explore the principle theories of ecology in BI2013. Focus will be placed on current research exemplifying these theories.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023

BI2113 Botany

CREDIT HOURS: 3

From algae to angiosperms, characteristics of plant structure, function, and interactions will be investigated. Significant time will be spent examining plants in their natural environment. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023

BI2213 The Animal Kingdom

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Animal phyla from protists to mammalia will be examined in this course. Life history strategy and morphology will be emphasized. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023

BI2413 Brain and Behaviour

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course provides an introduction to biopsychology, the scientific study of the biology of behaviour. This course will introduce the anatomy and function of the systems, structures, and cells that make up the human nervous system. The role of the brain in the sensory and motor systems and the ability of the brain to continually change and adapt will be examined. The current biopsychological research into topics such as hunger, sleep, addiction, emotion, and psychiatric disorders will also be explored.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Registrar

BI2703 Human Anatomy & Physiology I

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course will provide an overview of the structure and functions of human body including cells, tissues, and organs of the following systems: integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, and special senses. Physiological activities to maintain homeostasis will be investigated as well. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITE: BI1013

BI3013 Environmental Issues

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Challenge the way that you live by encountering the perturbations humans have caused in world ecosystems. Critique current environmental issues, apply ecological principles, and discuss human responsibility to the environment. Field trips may be arranged.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023, or Permission of the Registrar

BI3113 Developmental Biology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course begins with gametogenesis followed by fertilization. Embryo development until the formation of primary organ rudiments will be followed for representative vertebrates with an emphasis on the similarities between groups. The development of ectodermal, mesodermal, and endodermal organs will be studied primarily in mammals.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023, BI3133.

BI3123 Microbiology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course is an examination of the microbial world: prokaryotic and eukaryotic, free-living, and parasitic. An understanding of the significance of microorganisms in human lives and the natural world will be developed. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023

BI3133 Cell Biology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course provides an overview that focuses on cell structure, including the subcellular structures and functions in both eukaryotes and prokaryotes. Major cell activities such as cell motility, cell communication, transportation and protein sorting, distribution, secretion, and endocytosis will be investigated. The pathology of diseases such as cancer will be clarified on the cellular level.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023

BI3153 Microbiology for the Health Sciences

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course is an examination of the microbial world including bacteria, virus, fungi, and protozoa. It helps students understand the significance of microorganisms for humans. It also facilitates learning on the pathology and epidemiology of different microbial diseases. Students cannot receive credit for both BI3123 and BI3153. (Generally BI3153 will be offered only to students in a nursing program.)

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Registrar

BI3203 Biochemistry for Life Sciences

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Building on the organic chemistry taught in CH2113, this introduction to biochemistry concentrates on form, function, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and nucleic acids. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023, CH2113

BI3323 Plant Propagation

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course will investigate principles of sexual and asexual reproduction in plants. Practical application of culturing and propagating will be stressed. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITE: BI2113

BI3333 Immunology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course investigates the overall immune systems such as humoral and cell-mediated immune systems. Some topics included in this course are cells and organs of the immune systems, immunoglobins, T-cells, B-cells, cytokines, leukocyte migration, and AIDS.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023; BI3123, 3133 recommended

BI3343 Nutrition

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course introduces students to the science of human nutrition by providing an overview of the nutrients that are determinants of health. The requirements and functions of the organic nutrients (carbohydrates, lipids, proteins, and vitamins) and the inorganic nutrients (minerals and water) are presented. Other topics covered in this course include disorders related to intake or metabolism, various methods used to assess nutrient intakes, and interpretation of current research in the field of human nutrition.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023 and CH1013, CH1023 or Permission of the Registrar

BI3423 Genetics

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course investigates fundamental principles in current hereditary theory including patterns of inheritance, pedigree analysis, linkage, recombination, and mutation. The social and ethical implications of human genetic principles will also be considered. (3-hour lab)

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023. BI3133 recommended.

BI3513/3523 Directed Studies in Biology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

These courses are available for students when their interests and the professor’s expertise allow for a more in-depth tutorial or project approach. Students must be highly capable and must have completed upper level prerequisite courses in the area of study.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Registrar

BI3603 Research Methods in Ecology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This research methods course coaches students in both doing and communicating science with excellence. Using ecological examples, students will simulate the components necessary for effective research with emphases on design, analysis, and communication.

PREREQUISITES: BI2013, MT2253.

BI3613 Animal Behaviour

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course introduces the biological bases of animal behaviour, including human behaviour. Behavioural patterns are examined using genetic and environmental perspectives. The genetics and ecology of social behaviour are explored. This course is intended to provide a synthesis of current thinking on animal behaviour, and it will include examples of local species.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023, BI2213

BI3703 Human Anatomy & Physiology II

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course augments the base of knowledge about Human Anatomy and Physiology covered in BI2703 by investigating the structure and functions of the human body with a focus on the cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, endocrine, immune, urinary, and reproductive systems.

PREREQUISITES: BI2703

BI3823 Agroecology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Learn to integrate ecology and food systems. Interactions and cycling within food systems will be examined. The practical application of theoretical knowledge along with sustainability will be stressed.

PREREQUISITE: BI2013, BI2113, or Permission of the Registrar

BI4113 Evolution

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Examine principle constructs, theory development, and current issues in evolutionary biology.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023, BI3423, and upper level standing

BI4413 Neuroscience

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course will introduce students to current research topics in neuroscience, including molecular neurobiology, neural development, plasticity and regeneration, neuronal death, and synaptic transmission.

PREREQUISITES: BI1013, BI1023; COREQUISITE: BI3413

BI4513/4523 Advanced Directed Studies in Biology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

These courses are available for students when their interests and the professor’s expertise allow for a more in-depth tutorial approach. Students must be highly capable and must have completed upper level prerequisite courses in the area of the directed study.

PREREQUISITE: Permission of the Registrar

BI4703 Applied Ecology

CREDIT HOURS: 3

Learn the ecological underpinnings, practice, and motivations behind conservation biology and restoration ecology. A strong focus will be placed on applying theory and concepts through the development of practical and feasible management regimes.

PREREQUISITE: BI2013; COREQUISITE: BI3013

BI4913 Advanced Research

CREDIT HOURS: 3

This course is designed as a hands-on research course intended for senior students to gain experience in experimental design and field-work or laboratory methods commonly used in biology. Through various research projects, students will develop competence in research design and application, and the analysis and communication of results.

PREREQUISITE: Upper level standing

BI4996 Thesis

CREDIT HOURS: 6

Exceptional students, upon request prior to the completion of their third year, may be granted permission to write a thesis as an element to their Honours degree requirements.

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