The following list shows most of the courses offered in the 2016/2017 school year. For a complete list, please refer to the Academic Calendar.
Integrative Biology I
An introduction to functional and developmental biology from molecules to systems, focusing on how organisms integrate different levels of organization in order to live and reproduce. This course covers key topics of biochemistry (metabolism, respiration, photosynthesis), molecular biology (replication, transcription, translation), cell biology (organelles, membranes, cell cycle), physiology (gas exchange, circulation, locomotion) and development (fertilisation, gastrulation, differentiation). Prerequisites: Biology 30 and Chemistry 30. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 111 and 130 (2014).
Integrative Biology II
An introduction to the biology of organisms, focusing on the evolution of biological diversity, including the mechanisms responsible for evolutionary change and the adaptations associated with the evolution of the major groups of organisms. Prerequisites: AUBIO 111 or AUENV 120 or AUGEO 120. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 112 and 110 (2014).
Molecular Cell Biology
The composition, structure and function of cell membranes including membrane transport, cell signalling and cell-cell interactions. Protein sorting and cytoskeletal function is integrated with their membrane interactions. The social context of cells is also considered. Prerequisite: AUBIO 111. Corequisite: AUCHE 250.
An exploration of basic concepts and methods in ecology and of the relevance of ecological thinking in the life sciences. Emphasis is on interactions at the level of the organism, including physiological and evolutionary perspectives, and on their consequences on the composition and diversity of ecological communities. Prerequisite: One of AUBIO 112, AUENV 120 and AUGEO 120.
Principles of Genetics
Mendelian inheritance and its cytological features including the molecular and cellular basis for the transmission of hereditary characteristics. Topics that are emphasized include microbial genetics, cytoplasmic inheritance, linkage and genetic mapping, DNA as genetic material, gene action, and the genetic code. Prerequisite: AUBIO 111.
Introduction to the prokaryotic and eukaryotic members of the microbial world. Microbiological diversity will be examined by comparing cellular morphology, structure and metabolism. Topics include how to grow and study microbes, classification approaches and problems, control of microbial growth, pathogenesis and microbial ecology. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112.
Biochemistry: Proteins, Enzymes and Energy
The structure and function of proteins and enzymes and the structure, function and metabolism of carbohydrates. The structure and function of lipids, nucleic acids, and amino acids are introduced. The course focuses on how enzymes catalyze the oxidation of carbohydrates and how the cell conserves this energy in a useful chemical form. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230 and AUCHE 250. Notes: Formerly part of AUBIO 380. Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 280 and AUCHE 280.
Directed Reading I
Supervised library research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.
Directed Studies I
Supervised laboratory or field research project. Prerequisites: Third-year standing, *6 in Biology at the 200 level. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.
Comparative survey of the morphology, life cycles, and evolutionary features of algae, fungi, and non-vascular and vascular plants. Taxonomic and environmental considerations are also presented. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 323 and AUBIO 222 (2014).
Systematic and sequential consideration of fundamental cytology, the normal histology of the basic tissues, and the embryological development and microscopic organization of the major mammalian organs and organ systems. Emphasis is placed on the light- and electron-microscopic features of cells and tissues with direct correlation of structure and function. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230. Notes: AUBIO 395 is recommended as a pre or corequisite.
Development of complex organisms. Emphasis is on the interactions between cells and their environment that determine cell survival, gene activation and deactivation; and how specific cell and tissue structures and functions are selected. Developmental processes common to plants and animals are identified. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230 and 260; one of AUBIO 222, 294 and 295: and third year standing.
Analysis of the spatial patterns of biotic systems and species. The course examines their past and present distribution patterns in the context of biological and ecological processes and human impacts. The course employs several methods of analysis, including geographic information systems. Prerequisite: AUBIO 253. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 351 and AUGEO 351. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.
An introduction to the structure and function of the immune system. Topics will include the generation of B and T cell receptor diversity, antigens and antibodies, clonal selection and expansion, MHC restriction, self tolerance, cytokines and leukocyte trafficking. Discussion of infectious disease, vaccines, and immunity will be used to synthesize these topics into a unified conceptual framework. Prerequisites: AUBIO 274.
Biochemistry: Intermediary Metabolism
Structure, function, and metabolism of carbohydrates, lipids, amino acids, and nucleic acids at the level of the cell and organs. Prerequisites: AUBIO 280 or 380 or AUCHE 280 or 380, and AUCHE 252. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 381 and AUCHE 381.
Introduction to key concepts and methods in animal behaviour. Both mechanistic and evolutionary points of view are considered. The student's understanding of scientific thinking is deepened. Topics include instinct, learning, orientation, communication, mating and territoriality, foraging, and social behaviour. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112.
Vertebrate Form and Function
Study of the structure, function, and diversity of vertebrates. Prerequisite: AUBIO 112. Notes: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 395 and AUBIO 295 (2014).
Review of the general concepts in animal physiology with an emphasis on structure and function and their adaptive significance to the animal in its environment. Physical, chemical, and functional aspects of animal cells and cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, osmoregulatory, endocrine, and nervous systems are considered. Bioelectric and contractility phenomena are also included. Prerequisites: AUBIO 230. Note: AUBIO 395 is recommended as a pre or corequisite.
History and Theory of Biology
Overview of historical progression in the biological sciences and their associated development in relation to prevailing philosophical, social, and cultural contexts. Prerequisites: AUBIO 260; one of AUBIO 222, 274, 294, 295; *6 of Biology at the 300 level; fourth-year standing. AUBIO 338 is strongly recommended. Note: Credit may be obtained for only one of AUBIO 411 and AUBIO 311.
Directed Studies II
Supervised laboratory or field research project. Prerequisites: Consent of the instructor. Notes: Admission to the course normally requires a minimum GPA of 3.0 in Biology. An "Application for Individual Study" must be completed and approved before registration in the course.
Evolutionary Development Biology
Comparative study of the developmental processes of different organisms in an attempt to determine their ancestral relationships and how developmental processes evolved. Topics include the origin and evolution of embryonic development; how modifications of development and developmental processes lead to the production of novel features; the role of developmental plasticity in evolution; the origin of biodiversity; and the developmental basis of homology. Prerequisites: AUBIO 338 or 389.