SPECIALIST PROGRAM IN INTEGRATIVE BIOLOGY (SCIENCE)

Supervisor: R. Sturge Email: integrative-biology@utsc.utoronto.ca

In today's rapidly changing world, the development of solutions to combat some of the most pressing global challenges such as climate change, emerging diseases, hunger and species extinction, requires an integrative approach in which expertise is drawn from disparate biological and other disciplines. The specialist program in Integrative Biology provides the student with a solid knowledge base in key core and foundational areas of biology while also providing a breadth of knowledge to support more specialized studies and focused training in a range of disciplines (for examples, see below under "Routes to Specialization"). Students who complete this program will be well positioned for a career in many aspects of the biological sciences or to undertake further studies at the professional or graduate level.

Enrolment Requirements
Students apply to the Specialist Program in Integrative Biology after completing a minimum of 4.0 credits, including 1.0 credit in Biology (excluding BIOA11H3), 1.0 credit in Chemistry, and 0.5 credit in Mathematics (excluding MATA02H3) or Statistics and with a minimum cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0.

Application for admission is made to the Office of the Registrar through ACORN, in April/May and July/August. See the UTSC Office of the Registrar's website for more information on program selection.

Program Requirements
This program consists of 14.5 required credits including at least 4.0 credits at the C- or D-level of which at least 1.0 credit must be at the D-level.

A. Required Courses

First Year
1. 1.0 Credit of Introductory Biology Courses
BIOA01H3 Life on Earth: Unifying Principles
BIOA02H3 Life on Earth: Form, Function and Interactions

2. 1.0 Credit of Introductory Chemistry Courses
CHMA10H3 Introductory Chemistry I: Structure and Bonding
CHMA11H3 Introductory Chemistry II: Reactions and Mechanisms

3. 1.0 Credit in Mathematics
Choose from:
[ MATA29H3 Calculus I for the Life Sciences and MATA35H3 Calculus II for Biological Sciences] or
[ MATA30H3 Calculus I for Physical Sciences and MATA36H3 Calculus II for Physical Sciences]

4. 0.5 Credit in Physics
Choose from:
PHYA10H3 Physics I for the Physical Sciences
PHYA11H3 Physics I for the Life Sciences

5. 0.5 Credit in Computer Science
Choose from:
CSCA08H3 Introduction to Computer Science I (most appropriate course for computer science students)
CSCA20H3 Introduction to Programming (most appropriate course for non-computer science students)
PSCB57H3 Introduction to Scientific Computing (this course could also be taken in second year)

Second Year
6. 3.0 Credits of Biology Core Courses
BIOB10H3 Cell Biology
BIOB11H3 Molecular Aspects of Cellular and Genetic Processes
BIOB34H3 Animal Physiology
[ BIOB38H3 Plants and Society or ( BIOB31H3) Plant Physiology]
BIOB50H3 Ecology
BIOB51H3 Evolutionary Biology

7. 0.5 Credit of Biology Core Labs
Choose from:
BIOB12H3 Cell and Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOB32H3 Animal Physiology Laboratory
BIOB33H3 Human Development and Anatomy Laboratory
BIOB52H3 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory

8. 0.5 Credit in Statistics
Choose from:
STAB22H3 Statistics I
PSYB07H3 Data Analysis in Psychology

Third Year
9. 1.5 Credits of Biology Foundation Courses
BIOC15H3 Genetics
BIOC17H3 Microbiology
BIOC54H3 Animal Behaviour

Third/Fourth Year
10. 0.5 Credit of Advanced Courses in Physiology, Biochemistry and Neurobiology
Choose from:
BIOC12H3 Biochemistry I: Proteins and Enzymes
BIOC13H3 Biochemistry II: Bioenergetics and Metabolism
BIOC23H3 Practical Approaches to Biochemistry
BIOC32H3 Human Physiology I
BIOC34H3 Human Physiology II
BIOC39H3 Immunology
BIOC40H3 Plant Physiology
BIOC65H3 Environmental Toxicology
ANTC67H3 Foundations in Epidemiology
NROC34H3 Neuroethology
NROC61H3 Learning and Motivation
NROC64H3 Sensorimotor Systems
PSYC31H3 Clinical Neuropsychology
BIOD07H3 Advanced Topics and Methods in Neural Circuit Analysis
BIOD08H3 Theoretical Neuroscience
BIOD12H3 Protein Homeostasis
BIOD27H3 Vertebrate Endocrinology
BIOD29H3 Pathobiology of Human Disease
BIOD35H3 Sports Science
BIOD43H3 Animal Movement and Exercise
BIOD65H3 Pathologies of the Nervous System
NROD67H3 Psychobiology of Aging

11. 0.5 Credit of Advanced Courses in Ecology and Conservation
Choose from:
BIOC50H3 Macroevolution
BIOC51H3 Tropical Biodiversity Field Course
BIOC52H3 Ecology Field Course
BIOC58H3 Biological Consequences of Global Change
BIOC59H3 Advanced Population Ecology
BIOC61H3 Community Ecology and Environmental Biology
BIOC62H3 Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Conservation
BIOC63H3 Conservation Biology
( BIOC67H3) Inter-University Biology Field Course
EESC04H3 Biodiversity and Biogeography
BIOD52H3 Biodiversity and Conservation
BIOD54H3 Applied Conservation Biology
BIOD55H3 Experimental Animal Behaviour
BIOD59H3 Models in Ecology, Epidemiology and Conservation
BIOD60H3 Spatial Ecology
BIOD62H3 Species and Speciation
BIOD63H3 From Individuals to Ecosystems: Advanced Topics in Ecology
BIOD66H3 Causes and Consequences of Diversity
BIOD67H3 Inter-University Biology Field Course

12. 0.5 Credit of Advanced Courses in Genes and Development
Choose from:
BIOC10H3 Cell Biology: Proteins from Life to Death
BIOC14H3 Genes, Environment and Behaviour
BIOC16H3 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics
BIOC19H3 Animal Developmental Biology
BIOC31H3 Plant Development and Biotechnology
BIOD19H3 Epigenetics in Health and Disease
BIOD21H3 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory
BIOD22H3 Molecular Biology of the Stress Response
BIOD23H3 Special Topics in Cell Biology
BIOD25H3 Genomics

13. 0.5 Credit of Advanced Courses in Organismal Biology
Choose from:
BIOC20H3 Principles of Virology
BIOC21H3 Vertebrate Histology: Cells and Tissues
BIOC35H3 Principles of Parasitology
ANTD22H3 Theory and Methodology of Primatology
ANTC68H3 Deconstructing Epidemics
EESC30H3 Environmental Microbiology
BIOC37H3 Plants: Life on the Edge
( BIOC38H3) Plants and Society
BIOC60H3 Winter Ecology
BIOD17H3 Seminars in Cellular Microbiology
BIOD20H3 Special Topics in Virology
BIOD26H3 Fungal Biology and Pathogenesis
BIOD29H3 Pathobiology of Human Disease
BIOD33H3 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOD37H3 Biology of Plant Stress
BIOD45H3 Animal Communication
BIOD48H3 Ornithology
BIOD53H3 Special Topics in Animal Behaviour

14. 3.0 Credits of Additional C- or D-Level Biology Courses
Choose from:
Any BIO (or formerly BGY) C- or D-level courses offered by the Biological Sciences department.
Note: this includes the Biology Team Research, Supervised Studies, and Directed Research courses ( BIOC99H3, BIOD95H3, BIOD98Y3 and BIOD99Y3).
Note: NROC34H3 (Neuroethology) may also be used toward fulfilling this requirement, if not already used toward fulfilling one of the other requirements above.

B. Routes to Specialization (optional)

A key advantage of the specialist program in Integrative Biology is the ability for students to readily specialize in areas of particular interest. Please note that students are not required to follow any of these suggested routes. They are provided for guidance only.

(a): For students with a particular interest in "The Impact of Environment and Climate Change on the Biology of Ecosystems", you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: BIOB52H3 Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Lab, BIOC52H3 Ecology Field Course, BIOC58H3 Biological Consequences of Global Change, BIOC59H3 Advanced Population Ecology, BIOC60H3 Winter Ecology, BIOC61H3 Community Ecology and Environmental Biology, BIOD59H3 Models in Ecology, Epidemiology and Conservation, and ( BIOC67H3) Inter-University Biology Field Course.

(b): For students with a particular interest in "The Conservation and Biodiversity of Organisms", you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: BIOC51H3 Tropical Biodiversity Field Course, BIOC62H3 Role of Zoos and Aquariums in Conservation, BIOC63H3 Conservation Biology, BIOD48H3 Ornithology, BIOD52H3 Biodiversity and Conservation, BIOD54H3 Applied Conservation Ecology, BIOD60H3 Spatial Ecology, and BIOD66H3 Causes and Consequences of Biodiversity.

(c): For students with a particular interest in "Animal Physiology", you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: BIOB32H3 Animal Physiology Laboratory, BIOC32H3 Human Physiology I, BIOC34H3 Human Physiology II, BIOD29H3 Pathobiology of Human Disease, BIOD33H3 Comparative Animal Physiology, and BIOD43H3 Animal Movement and Exercise.

(d): For students with a particular interest in "Ecophysiology", you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: BIOC65H3 Environmental Toxicology, BIOD33H3 Comparative Animal Physiology, and BIOD37H3 Biology of Plant Stress.

(e): For students with a particular interest in "Infection and Disease" or "clinically-oriented topics", you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: ANTC67H3 Foundations in Epidemiology, ANTC68H3 Deconstructing Epidemics, BIOB33H3 Human Development and Anatomy, BIOC20H3 Principles of Virology, BIOC21H3 Vertebrate Histology: Cells and Tissues, BIOC35H3 Principles in Parasitology, BIOC34H3 Human Physiology II, BIOC39H3 Immunology, BIOD12H3 Protein Homeostasis, BIOD17H3 Seminars in Cellular Microbiology, BIOD20H3 Special Topics in Virology, BIOD25H3 Genomics, BIOD26H3 Fungal Biology and Pathogenesis, BIOD29H3 Pathobiology of Human Disease, and BIOD65H3 Pathologies of the Nervous System.

(f): For students with a particular interest in "Plant and Microbial Biology", you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: BIOC31H3 Plant Development and Biotechnology, BIOD17H3 Seminars in Cellular Microbiology, and BIOD37H3 Biology of Plant Stress.

(g): For students with a particular interest in "Behavioural Biology" you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: BIOD45H3 Animal Communication, BIOD07H3 Advanced Topics and Methods in Neural Circuit Analysis, BIOD53H3 Special Topics in Animal Behaviour, NROC34H3 Neuroethology, and NROC61H3 Learning and Motivation.

(h): For students with a particular interest in "Behavioural Genetics", you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: BIOC16H3 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, BIOD21H3 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory, BIOD22H3 Molecular Biology of the Stress Response, BIOD23H3 Special Topics in Cell Biology, BIOD25H3 Genomics, BIOD45H3 Animal Communication, BIOD53H3 Special Topics in Animal Behaviour, BIOD55H3 Experimental Animal Behaviour, BIOD63H3 From Individuals to Ecosystems: Advanced Topics in Ecology, and NROC34H3 Neuroethology.

(i): For students with a particular interest in "The Evolution of Development" (a.k.a. "evo/devo"), you should consider including some or all of the following courses in your program: BIOC12H3 Biochemistry I: Proteins and Enzymes, BIOC13H3 Biochemistry II: Bioenergetics and Metabolism, BIOC16H3 Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics, BIOC19H3 Animal Developmental Biology, BIOC23H3 Practical Approaches to Biochemistry, BIOC31H3 Plant Development and Biotechnology, BIOC34H3 Human Physiology II, BIOD21H3 Advanced Molecular Biology Laboratory, BIOD22H3 Molecular Biology of the Stress Response, BIOD23H3 Special Topics in Cell Biology, BIOD35H3 Sports Science, and BIOD25H3 Genomics.