X. Degree Programs

Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.)

Biodiversity (BIOD)

Department of Integrative Biology, College of Biological Science

The Major in Biodiversity offers a broad education in the diversity and evolution of life while providing a more specialized understanding of biology at the level of the organism. It is the most flexible of the majors offered by the Department of Integrative Biology and as such, it allows students the opportunity to design a customized program around their interests. The major qualifies students for postgraduate work in biodiversity, botany, zoology, and other life sciences and provides a sound science background for students wishing to pursue professional life science degrees or careers in teaching, government service or the private sector.

Major (Honours Program)

Students may enter this major in Semester 1 or any semester thereafter. A student wishing to declare the major may wish to consult the Faculty Advisor. A minimum total of 20.00 credits are required to complete the major.

Semester 1
BIOL*1070 [0.50] Discovering Biodiversity
CHEM*1040 [0.50] General Chemistry I
MATH*1080 [0.50] Elements of Calculus I
PHYS*1080 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences
0.50 Arts or Social Science electives

Students lacking Grade 12 or 4U Biology, Chemistry or Physics should follow the revised schedule of study for this major found at https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/revised_SS

Semester 2
BIOL*1080 [0.50] Biological Concepts of Health
BIOL*1090 [0.50] Introduction to Molecular and Cellular Biology
CHEM*1050 [0.50] General Chemistry II
PHYS*1070 [0.50] Physics for Life Sciences II
0.50 electives or restricted electives*
Semester 3
BIOC*2580 [0.50] Introduction to Biochemistry
MBG*2040 [0.50] Foundations in Molecular Biology and Genetics
ZOO*2090 [0.50] Vertebrate Structure and Function
1.00 electives or restricted electives*
Semester 4
BIOL*2060 [0.50] Ecology
BIOL*2400 [0.50] Evolution
STAT*2230 [0.50] Biostatistics for Integrative Biology
ZOO*2700 [0.50] Invertebrate Morphology & Evolution
0.50 electives or restricted electives*
Semester 5
MICR*2420 [0.50] Introduction to Microbiology
2.00 electives or restricted electives*
Semester 6
BOT*3710 [0.50] Plant Diversity and Evolution
ENVS*3090 [0.50] Insect Diversity and Biology
IBIO*3100 [0.50] Interpreting Biodiversity I
1.00 electives or restricted electives*
Semester 7
IBIO*4100 [1.00] Interpreting Biodiversity II
1.50 electives or restricted electives*
Semester 8
2.50 electives or restricted electives*
* Restricted Electives

*The major in Biodiversity is a flexible program that allows students, in consultation with faculty advisors, to pursue their own interests and design a customized program of study. For example, students may wish to select their electives to focus on a particular taxonomic group such as microbes, plants, invertebrates, or vertebrates, and/or one of the three areas of research strength in the Department of Integrative Biology: physiology, ecology, or evolution.

  1. At least 1.00 Arts and/or Social Science electives are required. The list of approved Arts and Social Science electives for B.Sc. students is available at: https://www.uoguelph.ca/bsc/Approved_electives

  2. A minimum of 0.50 credits from:

    BOT*2100 [0.50] Life Strategies of Plants
    BOT*3050 [0.50] Plant Functional Ecology
    ZOO*3600 [0.50] Comparative Animal Physiology I
  3. A minimum of 0.50 credits from:

    BOT*3310 [0.50] Plant Growth and Development
    BOT*3410 [0.50] Plant Anatomy
    ZOO*3050 [0.50] Developmental Biology
  4. A minimum of 0.50 credits from the following list. Biodiversity students are strongly encouraged to take at least one field course. Students should keep in mind that some of these courses have prerequisites that are not required courses for the BIOD major and should plan their programs accordingly.

    BIOL*4410 [0.75] Field Ecology
    BIOL*4610 [0.75] Arctic Ecology
    BIOL*4700 [0.50] Field Biology
    BIOL*4710 [0.25] Field Biology
    BIOL*4800 [0.50] Field Biology
    BIOL*4810 [0.25] Field Biology
    IBIO*4500 [1.00] Research in Integrative Biology I
    IBIO*4510 [1.00] Research in Integrative Biology II
    IBIO*4521/2 [2.00] Thesis in Integrative Biology
    ZOO*4170 [0.50] Experimental Comparative Animal Physiology
    ZOO*4300 [0.75] Marine Biology and Oceanography
    Other field or research courses with approval of faculty advisor.
Credit Summary (20.00 Total Credits)

4.00 - First year science credits

6.50 - Required science courses semesters 3 - 8

1.50 - Restricted elective (# 2, 3 and 4 in restricted elective list)

4.00 - Approved Science electives

1.00 - Arts and/or Social Science electives (# 1 in restricted elective list)

3.00 - Free electives - any approved elective for B.Sc. students.

*Of the total credits required, students are required to complete 16.00 credits in science of which a minimum of 2.00 credits must be at the 4000 level and an additional 4.00 credits must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

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