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200 Level Courses

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BIOL 201 - Evolutionary Biology of Sex
Description This lecture based course will help students understand sexual reproduction in animals (including humans) in an evolutionary context. Specifically the course will deal with issues about the potential conflicts between males and females and their offspring. Topics will include evolution and natural selection in the context of the function of sex, sexual selection, mating systems, mate selection and parental investment, social behaviour, male-female and parent-offspring conflict.
Prerequisite 24 credit hours
Note Any students who have taken BIOL 275 are precluded from taking this course.
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Usually offered Irregularly

BIOL 205 - Introductory Genetics
Description This course covers chromosome theory of inheritance/eukaryotic transmission genetics. Topics will include: nature of genetic material, DNA replication, mechanism of mutation, natural recombination, artificial recombination, recombinant DNA technology/genetic engineering, and population genetics.
Prerequisite BIOL 100 and 101, CHEM 104. (CHEM 104 can be taken concurrently).
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Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Winter
BIOL 222 - Microbiology for Health Professionals
Description An introduction to fundamental concepts in microbiology. This course covers bacteria, viruses, and eukaryotes, with emphasis on clinically relevant pathogens as well as the beneficial microbial communities that support human health.
Prerequisite BIOL 110; BIOL 111
Note Restricted to Nursing students, and pre-Optometry and pre-Vet Med and pre-Pharmacy students (pre-professional students need BIOL 100 and BIOL 101 as pre-requisites). Note that BIOL 310 also fulfills the microbiology requirements for the pre-professional students.
Syllabus Fall 2019
Usually offered Fall
BIOL 223 - Microbes and Society
Description Microbes play a critically important role in the environment and human society. Microbiology will be used to introduce students to relevant environmental issues. Students will develop critical thinking skills for evaluating these environmental issues.
Prerequisite Completion of 24 credit hours.
Note This course is not open to students that have completed BIOL 220.
Syllabus Fall 2019
Usually offered Fall
BIOL 265 - Animal Physiology
Description This course is now BIOL 378. lease see the 300 level courses for details.
Prerequisite
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Usually offered
BIOL 266 - Plant Physiology
Description This course covers the functioning of plants and their interaction with the environment. Topics will include: photosynthesis, water relations, transport processes, mineral nutrition and assimilation, hormones, and development.
Prerequisite BIOL 100 and 101, CHEM 104. (CHEM 104 can be taken concurrently).
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Fall 2019

Usually offered Fall
BIOL 275 - Ecology
Description This is an introductory course that covers plant, animal, and microbial ecology. Field work will be required.
Prerequisite BIOL 100 and 101, CHEM 104. (CHEM 104 can be taken concurrently).
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Fall 2019

Lab Fall 2019

Usually offered Fall
BIOL 276 - Environmental Biology
Description This course discusses the biological basis for environmental change and its impacts on human society and will review the patterns, causes and consequences of human-induced and natural environmental change. Topics will include: global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, fisheries collapse, sustainable forestry, agriculture, biodiversity, and conservation.
Prerequisite BIOL 100 and BIOL 101, or BIOL 150 and ENST 200
Note For Biology, Environmental Science and Environmental Studies Majors.
Syllabus Fall 2019
Usually offered Fall
BIOL 288 - Cell Biology
Description This is an introductory course in cell biology covering the structure and function of cells and their organelles.
Prerequisite BIOL 100 and 101, CHEM 104. (CHEM 104 can be taken concurrently).
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Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Winter