Course Descriptions

Course descriptions

Current special topics courses

Spring 2018:

  • BIOL 4850/ENVS4000- Environmental Microbiology & Bioreactors 
    • Lecture study of microbial processes and principles that contribute to the design and function of bioreactors used in wastewater treatment and food production, in particular, fisheries aquaponics. Prerequisites: 3 Courses (9.0 credit hours) BIOL/ENVS/GEOG. Minimum  3rd year standing, or by permission of instructor.

Summer 2018:

  • BIOL 3850- Field Botany & Ecology
    • Lectures, laboratory, and field exercises provide an introduction to the identification, classification, distribution and ecology of local vascular plants.  The course will run Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm-9pm. Four mandatory field trips comprise the laboratory component of the course and will take place on Saturdays from 9am to 9pm. As this is a field course, students should be prepared for moderately strenuous exercise in a variety of weather conditions. Prerequisites: BIOL 1020 and BIOL 2200

Fall 2018:

  • BIOL 3850- Cell Biology
    • Cell biology focuses on the structure and function of a cell, from the most general properties shared by all cells, to the unique, highly intricate functions particular to specialized cells. This course will explore a range of fundamental concepts in cell biology including cellular ultrastructure, metabolism, signaling, extracellular cellular matrix and histology as well as topical material like stem cells and tissue engineering. Topics will be explored through lecture, discussion, and group problem solving. Prerequisites: BIOL 1010 and BIOL 1020
    • *not a substitute for BIOL 3105. Cannot be used as a pre-requisite for 4000-level courses


  • BIOL 4850/5710/7710- Landscape Genetics
    • Evolution is shaped by individual behaviour and how genes are moving across the landscape.  The course will focus on integrating ecological, environmental and genetic data to study population genetics and the evolution of natural populations.  Topics will include population genetics and landscape genetics.  As part of the course, students will use various software packages to analyze datasets, learn how to properly interpret results and gain a better understanding of the various processes shaping the evolution of natural populations. Prerequisites: BIOL 4700

Spring 2019:

  • BIOL 4850- Behavioural Toxicology
    • This course will examine how natural selection has shaped animal behaviour and its role in maintaining ecological structure, and how environmental contaminants can affect animal behaviour using an adverse outcome pathway framework. The course will explore historical and contemporary techniques for studying contaminant effects on behaviour, as well as how environmental regulators can exploit behavioural deficits to improve ecological risk assessment and develop meaningful environmental quality guidelines. Prerequisites: BIOL 2200