Honours BA Biology

The Honours BA Biology program consists of 20.0 credits, of which not more than 6.0 may be taken at the 100 level; the program includes at least 10.0 but no more than 11 senior Biology credits. Students may use their senior Biology courses to fulfill the requirements for one of three concentrations and/or research specialization. Students must complete a number of compulsory courses equivalent to a minor in the History and Philosophy of Science (3.0 credits) (refer to Note 7). They may use their remaining elective credits to build a second minor in another discipline.

Required courses:
BI110, BI111, BI226, BI236, BI256, BI266, BI276, BI296
0.5 credit in Philosophy
HP201 or HP202
0.5 credit from HPS category B
1.0 credit from any HPS category

Additional Information

  1. Senior courses in Biology may involve statistics, or an understanding of organic chemistry. Year 1 students are encouraged to consider taking MA100 and CH110 to prepare for taking further courses in these disciplines, as in some cases, ST231 or CH202 are required for success in senior Biology courses.
  2. Senior HN courses count as senior BI courses to fulfill program requirements; grades earned are included in the cumulative GPA in Biology.
  3. At least 2.0 senior BI credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  4. Electives must include at least 1.0 credit from disciplines offered outside the Faculty of Science, which may also be used to satisfy the requirements for courses equivalent to the minor in the History and Philosophy of Science.
  5. 3.0 senior BI credits must have a lab and/or field work component (not including BI499‡).
  6. Senior honours students are expected to attend all department seminars.
  7. The minor in History & Philosophy of Science requires senior credits in a number of disciplines. Students must obtain the necessary prerequisites for the senior courses that will be part of their program. (Refer to the Faculty of Arts chapter for a complete description of the HPS minor.)
  8. The following is a suggested schedule within which all program requirements can be fulfilled:

Course Schedule

Year 1
BI110, BI111
0.5 credit in Philosophy (PP110 or PP111 recommended)
3.5 elective credits (refer to Note 1)

Year 2
BI226 and BI236 (fulfills HPS category C requirement)
BI256, BI266, BI276, BI296
HP201 or HP202 (fulfills HPS category A requirement)
1.5 elective credits (a minimum of 0.5 credit should be at the senior level)

Year 3
3.0 senior BI credits
0.5 credit from HPS category B
0.5 credit from any HPS category
1.0 elective credit

Year 4
4.0 senior BI credit
0.5 credit from any HPS category
0.5 elective credit


Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Academic Planning Committee Revision January 19, 2017: Streams deleted and concentrations added; effective September 1, 2017.