Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2013/2014
Canadian Excellence

Honours BSc Biology

The Honours BSc Biology program consists of a minimum of 20.0 credits, including at least 10.0 but no more than 11.0 senior Biology credits. This program offers students an integrative approach to the study of biology, linking processes at the molecular level to the structure of whole organisms and processes operating at the level of populations and communities. The program shall include no more than 6.0 100 level credits and must include the following:

Required courses:
BI110, BI111; BI226, BI236, BI256, BI266, BI276, BI296; and at least 7.0 additional senior BI credits, of which at least 5.0 must be at the 300 or 400 level.
CH110, CH111, CH202, CH203, CH250, CH350
Both MA100 and MA101 (or MA110*), MA241, PC141 (or PC131) (PC141, MA100 and MA101 are recommended)
0.5 credit from: CP104, GG101, PC142 (or PC132) (refer to Note 3 for recommendations.)
1.0 elective credit (refer to Note 1), or both GL101 and GL102 (refer to Note 3)

Additional Information
Notes

  1. Electives (normally 3.5 credits in the program) must include a minimum of 0.5 credit from each of Curriculum Divisions A and B (refer to Curriculum Divisions).
  2. For students considering graduate studies, it is recommended that the BI499? thesis be taken in Year 4. Students wishing to complete the thesis course must apply to the department to take BI499? by mid-February of Year 3. Admission to BI499 requires a minimum GPA in biology courses of 7.0 and will depend on the availability of supervisors. Admission decisions normally will be made by mid-March of Year 3.
  3. PC142 (or PC132) are recommended for students planning to take senior BI courses in physiology and microtechniques, or planning a career in health sciences. GG101, or both GL101 and GL102, are prerequisite courses for 200 level Physical Geography courses; we recommend that students planning to complete the Environmental Science Option take either GG101, or both GL101 and GL102, in Year 1.
  4. For progression into Years 2, 3 and 4, and for graduation, a cumulative GPA of at least 5.00 in Biology and an overall GPA of at least 5.00 are required.
  5. Upon consultation with the department, senior students may choose 300 and 400 level courses to fulfill the requirements for one of three streams:
    Stream A Cell, Molecular & Microbial Biology, Genetics;
    Stream B Biodiversity, Evolution & Ecology;
    Stream C Physiology & Toxicology.
  6. Senior honours students are expected to attend all departmental seminars.
  7. The following is a suggested schedule within which all program requirements can be fulfilled.
Course Schedule

Year 1
BI110, BI111, CH110, CH111
Both MA100 and MA101 (or MA110*), PC141 (or PC131) (PC141, MA100 and MA101 are recommended)
0.5 credit from: CP104, GG101, PC142 (or PC132) (refer to Note 3 for recommendations.)
1.0 elective credit (refer to Note 1), or both GL101 and GL102 (refer to Note 3)

Year 2
BI226, BI236, BI256, BI266, BI276, BI296
CH202, CH203, MA241
0.5 elective credit (refer to Note 1)

Year 3
3.0 senior BI credits (refer to program requirements, and to Notes 2 and 5)
CH250, CH350
1.0 elective credit (refer to Note 1)

Year 4
4.0 senior BI credits (refer to Notes 2 and 5)
1.0 elective credit

Senate/Editorial Changes

Senate Revision May 28, 2013: Progression and graduation GPA raised to 5.00; effective September 1, 2013.