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400 Level Courses

More course information is available from the U of R online course catalog. To find a course, select any term, then select the subject Biology.


BIOL 402 - Evolution
Description This course explores the evidence supporting evolution as a scientific theory, its role as the main unifying theory of biology, and how biologists use evolution to guide research. Topics covered include molecular evolution, phylogeny, the history of life, natural selection and adaptation, the evolution of life histories, speciation, and macroevolution.
Prerequisite BIOL 205
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Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Winter
BIOL 405 - Molecular Genetics
Description Anatomy of the genome in prokaryotes and eukaryotes, evolution of genomes, molecular phylogenies, gene expression and its regulation in pro- and eukaryotes, recombination, and modern molecular methods.
Prerequisite BIOL 305
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Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Winter
BIOL 406 - Genomics and Bioinformatics
Description This course covers the fundamental theories and bioinformatic methodologies underlying comparative evolutionary and functional genomics with examples from bacteria, plants, animals and humans.
Prerequisite CS110, BIOL305
Note Credit cannot be held from both Biol 406 and Biol 490BG
Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered
BIOL 407 - Neurophysiology
Description The focus of this course is the electrical and chemical properties of the nervous system (neural networks and neural development). We also cover the physiology and functional anatomy of sensory systems, memory, and movement.
Prerequisite BIOL 288 or both PSYC 102 and 255
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Fall 2019

Lab Schedule Fall 2019

Usually offered Fall
BIOL 410 - Microbial Genetics and Infection
Description This course will examine bacterial and viral genetic systems to understand host-pathogen interactions, with a focus on:gene regulation, gene transfer, mutation, evolution of host-pathogen interactions, and epidemiology.
Prerequisite BIOL 305
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Syllabus Winter 2018
Usually offered Semi-regularly
BIOL 425 - Ecological Methodology
Description A framework for research investigating ecological patterns and processes in natural populations and communities. Observational and experimental methodologies will be covered to enable the students to develop and test hypotheses.
Prerequisite BIOL 275 and one of STAT 200, STAT 201 or higher or BIOL 341
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Syllabus Winter 2011
Usually offered Irregularly
BIOL 435 - Advanced Aquatic Ecology
Description Regulation of plankton communities in freshwater and saline lakes. Experimental evidence for population control by predation, competition, and the physical environment. Experimental design. There will be individual field research projects.
Prerequisite BIOL 335
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BIOL 440 - Modelling Biological Data
Description A guide to contemporary methods for fitting quantitative models to biological data. Emphasizes practical skills in using software for implementing models, testing hypotheses, and making predictions about biological and ecological systems.
Prerequisite BIOL 100 and BIOL 101, STAT 100 and 200
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Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered
BIOL 456 - Global Biogeochemistry
Description The course will present an in-depth examination of elemental cycles within the context of global change. Topics will include the biogeochemical properties of water, carbon, nitrogen, sulphur, phosphorus, and some contaminants and the ways in which anthropogenic activities have altered the behaviour and movement of these elements.
Prerequisite CHEM 104 and BIOL 275
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Syllabus Winter 2020
Usually offered Winter
BIOL 457 - Environmental Microbiology
Description Course focuses on understanding the interactions of microorganisms with their environment. Topics include ecology, diversity, and biotechnological applications of microbial communities, including those from extreme and unusual environments. The use of molecular approaches to identify and characterize microbial communities will be emphasized.
Prerequisite BIOL 275 and BIOL 288
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Syllabus Winter 2019
Usually offered Winter
BIOL 463 - Stable Isotope Ecology - Methods and Applications
Description This course focuses on basic methodology and applications of stable isotope analysis in ecology. Discussing the classical and current literature in the field will enable students to critically evaluate published studies and help design their own research projects.
Prerequisite BIOL 275
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Syllabus Fall 2019
Usually offered Every 2nd Fall
BIOL 488 - Seminars in Biology
Description All majors and honours students in their fourth year must attend the departmental seminar series.
Prerequisite
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Syllabus Fall2019/Winter 2020
Usually offered Fall & Winter
BIOL 490 - Selected Topics/Reading Courses
Description Courses used to offer topical material.
Prerequisite
Note Independent study
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BIOL 490BG - Genomics
Description This course is now BIOL 406
Prerequisite
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BIOL 490BH - Conservation Biology
Description This course is now BIOL 316
Prerequisite
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BIOL 490BW - Modelling Biological Data
Description This course is now BIOL 440
Prerequisite
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BIOL 498 - Thesis Research I
Description Individual student research conducted under the direction of a Biology faculty member. Students enrolling in BIOL 498 must also complete BIOL 499 which entails a continuation of the independent research, and the preparation and defence of a written thesis.
Prerequisite Approval by Department Head.
Note Thesis Research Guidelines
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Usually offered All terms.
BIOL 499 - Thesis Research II
Description Preparation and defence of a written thesis. The defence will consist of a student seminar and oral examination of the thesis by a faculty committee.
Prerequisite Approval by Department Head.
Note Thesis Research Guidelines
Syllabus
Usually offered All terms.