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Honours Biology (Plant Biology Specialization)
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Continuation in Honours Biology, Plant Biology Specialization requires a cumulative overall average of 60%, a cumulative Science average of 60%, and a cumulative Biology average of 60%.

Successful completion of this program requires:

  1. 21.5 units distributed as follows:
  2. Completion of the English Language Proficiency Requirement
Additional Program Conditions:
  1. A minimum of 2.5 BIOL elective units must be 400-level.
  2. A maximum of 3.0 SCI units may be counted toward this program.
  3. A maximum of 5.0 failed units is permitted.
  4. A maximum of two unsuccessful attempts at any required course is normally permitted (See Faculty of Science policy on repeating courses).


  1. Science elective courses include BIOL, CHEM, EARTH, PHYS or SCI.
  2. Students are encouraged to take two elective courses (1.0 unit) from the Faculty of Arts, with one of these being from the Department of English Language and Literature.

Recommended Course Sequence

Year One

BIOL 110, BIOL 120, BIOL 130, BIOL 130L, BIOL 150, BIOL 165
CHEM 120/CHEM 120L
CHEM 123/CHEM 123L
One of  MATH 114, MATH 127 or PHYS 111
Two electives (1.0 unit)

Year Two

BIOL 225, BIOL 239, BIOL 240, BIOL 240L, BIOL 273
CHEM 237/CHEM 237L
CHEM 266/CHEM 266L
STAT 202
Three electives (1.5 units)

Year Three

BIOL 308, BIOL 321, BIOL 323, BIOL 331, BIOL 359
One BIOL elective (0.5 unit) -specific for Plant Biology Specialization
One BIOL elective 300-level or higher (0.5 unit)
One Science elective (0.5 unit)
Two electives (1.0 unit)

Year Four

Four BIOL electives (2.0 units) -specific for Plant Biology Specialization
Two BIOL electives 300-level or higher (1.0 unit)
Four electives (2.0 units)


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