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Biological Sciences

Faculty List

  • M.C.B. Andrade, B.Sc. (Simon Fraser), M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cornell), Professor
  • A. Ashok, B.Sc. (Sheffield), Ph.D. (Brown),  Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • R. Boonstra, B.Sc. (Calgary), Ph.D. (British Columbia), Professor Emeritus
  • I.R. Brown, B.Sc. (Carleton), Ph.D. (Texas), Professor
  • S.A. Brunt, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • M.W. Cadotte, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Windsor), Ph.D. (Tennessee), Professor
  • I.M. Campbell, B.Sc. (Alberta), M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Associate Professor Emeritus
  • R.E. Dengler, B.Sc., Ph.D. (California, Davis), Associate Professor Emeritus
  • M.F. Filosa, B.S. (St. Peter's), M.S. (Fordham), Ph.D. (Princeton), Associate Professor Emeritus
  • M.J. Fitzpatrick, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Brock), Ph.D. (Toronto), Assistant Professor
  • R.R. Fulthorpe, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Carleton), Professor
  • S. Gazzarrini, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Milan), Ph.D. (Tuebingen), Associate Professor
  • E. Gonzales-Vigil, B.Sc. (National Agrarian University), Ph.D. (Michigan State), Assistant Professor
  • J.W. Gurd, B.A. (Mount Allison), Ph.D. (McGill), Professor Emeritus
  • C. Guzzo, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Queen's), Assistant Professor
  • R.E. Harrison, B.Sc. (Winnipeg), M.Sc. (Manitoba), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • C.A. Hasenkampf, B.Sc. (Loyola), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Florida State), Professor
  • N.R. Lovejoy, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (Cornell), Professor
  • J.S. MacIvor, B.Sc. (Guelph), M.Sc. (Saint Mary's), Ph.D. (York), Assistant Professor
  • N.E. Mandrak, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • A.C. Mason, B.Sc. (Guelph), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • P. McGowan, B.Sc. (Concordia), M.A., Ph.D. (Duke), Associate Professor
  • P.K. Molnar, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitat Munich), Ph.D. (Alberta), Assistant Professor
  • G.A. Mott, B.Sc. (British Columbia), Ph.D. (Harvard), Assistant Professor
  • C. Nalewajko, B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc. (University College London), Professor Emerita
  • J.E. Nash, B.Sc. (Aberdeen), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Manchester), Associate Professor
  • K.N. Persaud, B.Sc. (Toronto), B.Ed. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (McMaster), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • C. Pickett, B.Sc., M.A. (Toronto), Senior Lecturer Emerita
  • S.G. Reid, B.Sc., Ph.D. (Ottawa), Associate Professor
  • B.A. Richards, B.Sc. (Toronto), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Oxford), Assistant Professor
  • C.D. Riggs, B.Sc. (North Carolina), Ph.D. (Florida State), Associate Professor
  • J.C. Ritchie, B.Sc. (Aberdeen), Ph.D. (Sheffield), D.Sc. (Aberdeen), F.R.S.C., Professor Emeritus
  • J.C. Silver, B.Sc., Ph.D. (CUNY), Professor Emerita
  • I. Stehlik, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. (Zurich), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • R. Sturge, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Toronto), Ph.D. (UMBC), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • M.R. Terebiznik, B.Sc., Ph.D. (U.B.A., Buenos Aires, Argentina), Associate Professor
  • T.R. Thiele, B.A. (Hamilton College, Clinton, NY), Ph.D. (Oregon), Assistant Professor
  • B. Treanor, B.Sc. (Calgary), Ph.D. (Imperial College London), Associate Professor
  • G.C. Vanlerberghe, B.Sc., M.Sc. (Western Ontario), Ph.D. (Queen's), Professor
  • J.T. Weir, Ph.D. (UBC), Professor
  • K.C. Welch, B.Sc. (Trinity University), M.A., Ph.D. (Santa Barbara), Associate Professor
  • D.D. Williams, B.Sc. (North Wales), Dip. Ed. (Liverpool), M.Sc., Ph.D. (Waterloo), D.Sc. (Wales), Professor Emeritus
  • G.R. Williams, B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc. (Liverpool), F.R.S.C., Professor Emeritus
  • J.H. Youson, B.A. (Victoria), M.Sc. (McGill), Ph.D. (Western Ontario), Professor Emeritus
  • R. Zhao, B.Sc. (Peking University), Ph.D. (Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences), Associate Professor

 

Associate Chair Undergraduate: Aarthi Ashok
Email: biosci-assoc-chair-undergrad@utsc.utoronto.ca

Overview
Biological Sciences offers five Specialist programs:  Conservation and Biodiversity; Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology Co-op; Human Biology; and Integrative Biology. The Conservation and Biodiversity program enables students to explore the origins and maintenance of the Earth's astonishing biodiversity using a variety of perspectives and approaches.  In the Molecular Biology and Biotechnology programs, students investigate the cellular and sub-cellular mechanisms underlying life processes. The Human Biology program emphasizes the biology of the human species and is tailored for students who wish to pursue a career in a health-related field. The Integrative Biology program approaches biological questions in a multidisciplinary fashion, with course work in a range of biology sub-disciplines.

Biological Sciences also offers five Major programs, one Minor program and one Specialist (Joint) program. The Major programs (in Biology, Conservation and Biodiversity; Human Biology; Molecular Biology, Immunology and Disease; and Plant Biology) allow students to combine their studies in biology with studies in either an unrelated program or in a complementary Major program such as Neuroscience, Environmental Science, Biochemistry, Health Studies or Psychology. The Minor program in Biology is intended for students who have an interest in biology but wish to focus their studies in a different discipline. The Specialist (Joint) Program in Paramedicine is offered by Biological Sciences in collaboration with Centennial College. Completion of this unique four-year program leads to a BSc from UTSC and a Paramedic diploma from Centennial College.  Students that complete the Centennial diploma are eligible to take the Ministry of Health exams required to qualify as a Primary Care Paramedic. This program is described in the Paramedicine section of this Calendar.

Students are advised to consult the specific program requirements for their degree, and, if necessary, to meet with the appropriate program supervisor for advice on completion of their program requirements. In some instances, courses from other University of Toronto campuses or other institutions may be used to satisfy program requirements, but such substitutions must be pre-approved by the program supervisor. Students should check the information that follows thoroughly. Other useful information can be found on the Department website.

Pre-program Supervision in Biological Sciences
Biological Sciences has a pre-program supervisor available to advise students who have not yet chosen a program (primarily first-year students) on the degree and program related matters. Please visit Room SW421D or call 416-287-7404 if you have questions of this nature.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Environmental Science
The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) with the Master of Environmental Science (MEnvSc) offered by the Graduate Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences allow exceptional students who are registered in one of the Specialist/Specialist Co-op programs identified below to apply during Year 3 of their studies, and be considered, for admission to the MEnvSc program. They are designed for students interested in pursuing a career in environmental sciences within the green-sector, geosciences, industry, consulting, government and policy organizations. These Combined Degree Programs give students the opportunity to: (1) begin exploring their academic interests in Year 4 of their studies; (2) complete 1.0 credit in courses that may be counted towards both degrees; and (3) enrol in the MEnvSc in the Summer session between Years 4 and 5 in order to complete either a two-month academic or internship opportunity, in addition to the mandatory four-month academic or internship opportunity completed in the MEnvSc program alone.

Combined Degree Programs options are:

  • Conservation and Biodiversity (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Environmental Science
  • Integrative Biology (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Environmental Science

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) /Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education provide students with a direct pathway to the completion, in 6 years, of their Undergraduate degree, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications, and Master’s degree.​ These Combined Degree Programs allow students to complete 1.0 credit in courses that may be counted towards both degrees.

The Combined Degree Programs options are:

  • Conservation and Biodiversity (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Conservation and Biodiversity (Major), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Human Biology (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Human Biology (Major), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Integrative Biology (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (Specialist Co-op), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Molecular Biology Immunology and Disease (Major), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Biology (Major), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching
  • Plant Biology (Major), Honours Bachelor of Science/ Master of Teaching

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of this Calendar.

Combining Major Programs within Biological Sciences
Students interested in completing a double Major may combine any two of the following programs offered by the Department of Biological Sciences; Major in Conservation and Biodiversity (Science), Major in Human Biology (Science); Major in Molecular Biology, Immunology and Disease (Science); and Major in Plant Biology (Science). Although students are permitted to combine these programs, anyone considering doing so is strongly encouraged to complete one of the Department's Specialist programs instead.

The Major in Biology (Science) cannot be combined with any other Major program offered by the Department of Biological Sciences. The Minor program in Biology (Science) cannot be combined with any Major or Specialist programs offered by the Department of Biological Sciences.

Enrolment in Biological Sciences courses
Priority access to B-, C- and D-level Biology courses is given to students enrolled in Biological Sciences Specialist and Major programs and other programs requiring these courses. At the beginning of the Fall/Winter registration period, the courses will be restricted to these students.  Provided space is available, the courses will then open up to other students.

Some courses in Biological Sciences (BIO) may include Ancillary fees.

Second Year Core Courses
Students are STRONGLY advised to take ALL of the second year core courses [BIOB10H3, BIOB11H3BIOB34H3, BIOB38H3, BIOB50H3, BIOB51H3] as well as a core lab courses [BIOB12H3 or BIOB32H3 or BIOB33H3 or BIOB52H3] during their second year of study.  This will assist in the selection of upper-level courses, provide the greatest flexibility to satisfy the prerequisites of such courses, and give the background and experience needed to excel in upper-level courses.  Failure to take the entire set of core courses in the second year can result in course timetabling conflicts and unfavourable exam schedules (e.g. back-to-back exams) in your upper years. 

Senior Research Courses (optional)
Students interested in graduate research are encouraged to take one or more of the independent research courses offered in Biological Sciences as part of their degree.
BIOD95H3 Supervised Study in Biology
BIOD98Y3 Directed Research in Biology
BIOD99Y3 Directed Research in Biology 

Service Learning and Outreach
Please note that several faculty in Biological Sciences offers experiential learning opportunities in their courses (In-reach) which are advertised through this site: http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/ctl/current-placement-opportunities.

For an experiential learning opportunity that also serves others, consider the course CTLB03H3 (Introduction to Service Learning), which can be found in the "Teaching and Learning” section of the Calendar.