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Graduate Program in Biology

Courses > Biology Graduate Course Numbers & Titles

Graduate courses in three main areas are offered by the Program: namely Molecular & Cellular Biology, Ecology and Evolution, and Animal Physiology.

Courses will be offered either as half course (3 credits) or quarter course (1.5 credits).  In any one year, a minimum of one half course (or equivalent) from each of the different subject areas (Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution, and Animal Physiology), will be offered. All courses will require each student to present at least one seminar and one essay based on analysis of the current literature (or equivalent).

Students can take combinations of courses to make up the credits required for their degree.  A  number of these courses are offered in any particular year.  Most of the courses will have fairly low enrolments (typically 6-10 students).

Course format is variable but commonly involves oral presentations, critical analysis of published research and one or more term papers. 


Courses marked with an asterisk (*) are core courses.

1) Molecular & Cellular Biology

*BIOL 5027 1.5, CR=1.5, Topics in Molecular Biology I-Gene Expression
*BIOL 5028 1.5, CR=1.5, Topics in Molecular Biology II-Proteins
*BIOL 5029 1.5, CR=1.5, Topics in Molecular Biology III-Nucleic Acids
*BIOL 5030  1.5, CR=1.5, Topics in Molecular Biology IV-Signal Transduction
*BIOL 5034 1.5, CR=1.5, Molecular Plant Virology
*BIOL 5037 1.5, CR=1.5, Advanced Genetics
*BIOL 5038    1.5, CR=1.5,Current Topics in Molecular and Cellular Biology and Animal Physiology
*BIOL 5055 1.5, CR=1.5, Cellular Techniques
  BIOL 5063 3.0, CR=3.0, Inorganic Carbon Acquisition by Aquatic Plants
*BIOL 5065 1.5, CR= 1.5, Molecular and Cellular Biology of Circadian Rhythms
* BIOL 5335 1.5, CR=1.5, Concepts and Controversies in Evolutionary Biology

2) Ecology & Evolution

  BIOL 5070 3.0,  CR=3.0, Tropical Ornithology
  BIOL 5071 3.0,  CR=3.0, Ecology of Plant-Fungal Interactions

*BIOL 5072

*BIOL 5086

1.5, CR= 1.5, Sociobiology and Sociogenomics

1.5, CR=1.5, Critical Skills in Ecology and Evolution

*BIOL 5087

1.5, CR=1.5, Invasion and Community Ecology

 *BIOL 5088  

BIOL 5097

1.5, CR=1.5, Advanced Topics in Ecology and Evolution

3.0, CR=3.0, Pollination Biology 

  * BIOL 5098

* BIOL 5221

1.50, CR=1.5, Conservation Biology

1.5, CR =1.5, Phylogenetics

3)  Animal Physiology

  BIOL 5125 3.0, CR=3.0, Invertebrate Endocrinology 
  BIOL 5126 3.0, CR=3.0, Physiology of Vision and Neural Processing
*BIOL 5128 1.5, CR=1.5, Current Topics in Comparative and Integrative Animal Physiology
  BIOL 5130 3.0, CR=3.0, Cardiovascular Systems in Health & Exercise
  BIOL 5132 3.0, CR=3.0, Advanced Respiratory Physiology in Health & Exercise
  BIOL 5133 3.0, CR=3.0, Neuromuscular Physiology
  BIOL 5134 3.0, CR=3.0, Vascular Biology in Health & Disease


BIOL 5136 3.0, CR=3.0, Perception and Action
  BIOL 5137  3.0, CR=3.0, Brain Mechanisms of Movement in Health & Disease
  BIOL 5139 3.0, CR=3.0, Advanced Exercise I: Muscle
  BIOL 5141 3.0, CR=3.0, Brain & Behaviour: Cognitive System
  BIOL 5142 3.0,   CR=3.0, Laboratory Methods of Perceptual Psychology
  BIOL 5143 3.0,   CR=3.0, Neurobiology of Disease
  BIOL 5144 3.0,   CR=3.0, Computer Programming for Experimental Psychology
*BIOL 5145 1.5, CR=1.5, Physiology of Circadian Timekeeping
*BIOL 5146 3.0, CR=3.0, Fundamentals of Neuroscience I: Structure, Neurons and Synapses

BIOL 5147

3.0, CR=3.0, Fundamentals of Neurscience II: Circuits, Systems and Behavior

BIOL 5148 3.0, CR=3.0, Introduction to Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging

BIOL 5149

*BIOL 5151

3.0, CR=3.0, Applications in Vision Science

1.5, CR=1.5, Current Topics in Endocrinology

Animal Care Course

Students working with experimental vertebrate animals will be required to take a web-based Animal Care Course offered by the Animal Care Committee of York University.

Please consult Julie Panakos  ext. 66116, e-mail:

4) Other Courses

  *BIOL 5081 3.0,   CR=3.0, Introduction to Biostatistics