Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

Master of Science in Integrative Biology

The objective of the MSc program in integrative biology is to provide students with a trans-disciplinary approach to biological research that allows them to explore the answers to complex questions from a perspective that bridges the traditional sub-disciplines of biology, across diverse taxa, over time scales ranging from short (physiological) to long (evolutionary). The program will require students to assemble the details of their research into a comprehensive explanation of biological phenomena. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for doctoral studies or employment in an environment requiring research skills.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the MSc program, students must meet the general admission requirements of the university, and must possess an honours degree, or equivalent, in biology or a related discipline. To be considered, applicants should have a minimum B average over the last two years of full-time undergraduate study. At the discretion of the graduate coordinator and the prospective supervisor and with the approval of the dean of Graduate Studies, students with minor background deficiencies may be required to complete a specific senior undergraduate course in addition to the regular program. Applications are reviewed by the Graduate Studies Committee, which considers all prior university grades, letters of reference and indications of support from potential supervisors.

Program Requirements

The MSc program is normally completed in six consecutive terms. Students may begin the program in May, September or January.

A thesis based on original research and defended before an examining committee is required of all students in the program.

In addition to the thesis, students are required to complete BI601* - Research in Integrative Biology and 1 elective course chosen in consultation with the supervisory committee. Students must attend all Biology Research Seminars throughout the academic year while registered in BI601* - Research in Integrative Biology; this exposure to the research done in labs outside the Biology Department adds a new dimension to the integrative nature of the course.

To obtain credit in a course students must achieve a minimum grade of B-. Students may include 1 half-credit course in their program from another graduate department with the consent of the supervisory committee.