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Common Biology Requirements
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Continuation in Honours Biology requires a cumulative overall average of 60%, a cumulative average of 60% in all Biology courses and cumulative science average of 60%.

In order to graduate in the Honours Biology Academic Plan, the following requirements must be met:

  1. Successful completion of 21.5 units, except for the Animal Biology Specialization which requires 22.0 units.
  2. Thirteen courses (6.5 units) from the 300- and 400-level Biology courses of which five courses (2.5 units) must be at the 400-level.
  3. A maximum of 5.0 failed units permitted.
  4. A maximum of 3.0 SCI-labelled units may be applied to these Academic Plans.
  5. Completion of the required courses, as described below.
  6. Completion of the English Language Proficiency Requirement.


No more than two unsuccessful attempts at any required course is normally permitted (see Faculty of Science policy on repeating courses).

Biology Specializations

All Honours Biology students, regular and co-op, take the same courses in Year One. Beginning in Year Two, students may pursue one of six specializations or remain un-specialized. A recommended academic plan of study is outlined for each specialization, although students may take the required courses in a different order.

Students may choose to specialize in:

  • Animal Biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental Biology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Genetics
  • Plant Biology


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