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Major Concentration Biology - Organismal (37 credits)

Offered by: Biology     Degree: Bachelor of Arts and Science

Program Requirements

The Major Concentration Biology - Organismal is a planned sequence of courses designed to permit a degree of specialization in organismal biology.

Students may complete this program with a minimum of 36 credits or a maximum of 37 credits depending if they have already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent, and on their choice of complementary courses.

Advising Note: Freshman students should be aware that PHYS 101 and/or PHYS 102 are required for some of the courses in the major and minor concentrations in Biology.

Required Courses* (28 credits)

* Required courses taken at CEGEP or elsewhere that are not credited toward the B.A. & Sc. or B.Sc./B.Ed. must be replaced by 3-credit courses from the Complementary Courses list. Regardless of the substitution, students must take at least 36 credits in this program.

** Students who have already taken CHEM 212 or its equivalent will choose another appropriate complementary course, to be approved by the Adviser.

  • BIOL 200 Molecular Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The physical and chemical properties of the cell and its components in relation to their structure and function. Topics include: protein structure, enzymes and enzyme kinetics; nucleic acid replication, transcription and translation; the genetic code, mutation, recombination, and regulation of gene expression.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Thomas E Bureau, Richard D W Roy, Francesco Fagotto, Monique Zetka (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 112 or equivalent
    • Corequisite: CHEM 212 or equivalent
  • BIOL 201 Cell Biology and Metabolism (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course introduces the student to our modern understanding of cells and how they work. Major topics to be covered include: photosynthesis, energy metabolism and metabolic integration; plasma membrane including secretion, endocytosis and contact mediated interactions between cells; cytoskeleton including cell and organelle movement; the nervous system; hormone signaling; the cell cycle.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Gary Brouhard, Gregory G Brown (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ANAT 212 or BIOC 212
  • BIOL 202 Basic Genetics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Introduction to basic principles, and to modern advances, problems and applications in the genetics of higher and lower organisms with examples representative of the biological sciences.

    Terms: Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Daniel J Schoen, Mario Chevrette, David Hipfner (Winter) David Dankort, David Hipfner (Summer)

    • Winter, Summer
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 200.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking CELL 204.
  • BIOL 205 Biology of Organisms (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Unified view of form and function in animals and plants. Focus on how the laws of chemistry and physics illuminate biological processes relating to the acquisition of energy and materials and their use in movement, growth, development, reproduction and responses to environmental stress.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Rajinder S Dhindsa (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture, optional conference hour
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200 and PHYS 101 or 131 or equivalent
    • Corequisite: ANAT 212/BIOC 212 or BIOL 201
  • BIOL 206 Methods in Biology of Organisms (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Introduction to modern methods used in organismal biology, including ecological sampling, experimental methods and statistics, taxonomic and phylogenetic analysis of biodiversity, experimental behavioural ecology, microbiological methods, and library search procedures.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Andrew Gonzalez, Lauren Chapman, Martin J Lechowicz (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 1.5 hours lecture, 3.5 hours laboratory and local field trip in week 2
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 111 or equivalent
  • BIOL 215 Introduction to Ecology and Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to the fundamental processes of ecology and evolution that bear on the nature and diversity of organisms and the processes that govern their assembly into ecological communities and their roles in ecosystem function.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Neil Price, Catherine Potvin, Ehab Abouheif (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 111
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken ENVR 202
  • BIOL 304 Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : This course will show how the theory of evolution by natural selection provides the basis for understanding the whole of biology. The first half of the course describes the process of selection, while the second deals with evolution in the long term.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Graham Bell (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 205 and BIOL 215 or ENVR 202
  • BIOL 308 Ecological Dynamics (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Principles of population, community, and ecosystem dynamics: population growth and regulation, species interactions, dynamics of competitive interactions and of predator/prey systems; evolutionary dynamics.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Gregor Fussmann, Frederic Guichard (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture, 1 hour computer lab/tutorial
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 215 or both ENVR 200 and ENVR 202
  • CHEM 212 Introductory Organic Chemistry 1 (4 credits) **

    Offered by: Chemistry (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Chemistry : A survey of reactions of aliphatic and aromatic compounds including modern concepts of bonding, mechanisms, conformational analysis, and stereochemistry.

    Terms: Fall 2012, Winter 2013, Summer 2013

    Instructors: Youla S Tsantrizos, David Noble Harpp, Michel Daoust, Samuel Lewis Sewall, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Fall) Jean-Philip Lumb, Mitchell Huot, Michel Daoust, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Winter) Laura Pavelka, Michel Daoust, Samuel Lewis Sewall, Jean-Marc Gauthier (Summer)

    • Fall, Winter, Summer
    • Prerequisite: CHEM 110 or equivalent.
    • Corequisite: CHEM 120 or equivalent.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who are taking or have taken CHEM 211 or equivalent
    • Each lab section is limited enrolment
    • Note: Some CEGEP programs provide equivalency for this course. For more information, please see the Department of Chemistry's Web page (http://www.chemistry.mcgill.ca/advising/outside/equivalent.htm).

Complementary Courses (9 credits)

9 credits selected from:

  • BIOL 303 Developmental Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : A consideration of the fundamental processes and principles operating during embryogenesis. Experimental analyses at the molecular, cellular, and organismal levels will be presented and discussed to provide an overall appreciation of developmental phenomena.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Tamara Western, Yong Rao, Daniel Dufort (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture and 1 hour optional tutorial
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 200, and BIOL 201 or ANAT/BIOC 212.
    • Corequisites: BIOL 202. BIOL 300 strongly recommended.
  • BIOL 305 Animal Diversity (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The characteristics of the major groups of animals, their ancestry, history and relationship to one another. The processes of speciation, adaptive radiation and extinction responsible for diversity. Methods for constructing of phylogenies, for comparing phenotypes, and for estimating and analyzing diversity.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Graham Bell, Hans Carl Larsson, Anthony Ricciardi, Virginie Millien (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture and 1 three-hour laboratory
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 215 or both ENVR 200 and ENVR 202
  • BIOL 306 Neural Basis of Behaviour (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Neural mechanisms of animal behaviour; neuroethology; cellular neurophysiology, integrative networks within nervous systems; neural control of movement; processing of sensory information.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Gerald Pollack, Joseph Alan Dent, Alanna Watt (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisites: PHYS 102 or PHYS 142 or CEGEP Physics and one of the following: BIOL 201, ANAT 212, BIOC 212 or NSCI 200
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken PSYC 308.
  • BIOL 307 Behavioural Ecology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The relationship between animal behaviour and the natural environment in which it occurs. This course introduces the subject of ecology at the level of the individual organism. Emphasis on general principles which relate to feeding, predator avoidance, aggression, reproduction and parental care of animals including humans.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Simon Reader (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture and 1 hour conference
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 205 and BIOL 215 or permission
  • BIOL 310 Biodiversity and Ecosystems (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Ecological bases of the natural causes and consequences of current global environmental changes, including how biodiversity and ecosystem processes are defined and measured, how they vary in space and time, how they are affected by physical and biological factors, and how they affect each other and human societies.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Thomas Davies (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 3 hours lecture
    • one-day field trip to Mont St-Hilaire
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 215; or ENVR 200 and ENVR 202; MATH 112 or equivalent; or permission of the instructor
  • BIOL 331 Ecology/Behaviour Field Course (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Methods of sampling natural populations. Testing hypotheses in nature.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Martin J Lechowicz, Simon Reader, Andrew Hendry (Fall)

    • Fall
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 206 and BIOL 215
    • Note: Preregistration in March and April. See Course web page: http://biology.mcgill.ca/undergrad/C331A/index.htm. Meets 12-days just before the fall term, with a project report early in the fall term.
    • The field portion of this course is given at the University's Gault Nature Reserve in Mont St. Hilaire over a two-week period in August. In the fall, students prepare a report based on projects carried out during this field portion. This course has an additional fee of $532 which includes room and board and handouts. The Department of Biology subsidizes a portion of the cost for this activity
  • BIOL 342 Marine Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to marine benthic communities. Topics include structure and dynamics of hard and soft bottom communities; bioturbation, feeding strategies and trophodynamics; ecology of seagrass, mangrove and coral reef ecosystems; marine pollution.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • Prerequisite(s): BIOL 205 and BIOL 215 or both ENVR 200 and ENVR 202
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken BIOL 442
  • BIOL 350 Insect Biology and Control (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Introduction to insect structure, physiology, biochemistry, development, systematics, evolution, ecology and control. Stress on interrelationships and integrated pest control.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Gary Brian Dunphy (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 205 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken or are taking ENTO 330 or ENTO 350.
    • Note: This course is also offered as ENTO 350 in the winter term.
  • BIOL 352 Vertebrate Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The origin and evolution of the major groups of vertebrates. Emphasis is placed on the evolutionary and embryonic origin of key vertebrate anatomies within the context of living and extinct vertebrate phylogeny.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 304 or permission
  • BIOL 373 Biometry (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Elementary statistical methods in biology. Introduction to the analysis of biological data with emphasis on the assumptions behind statistical tests and models. Use of statistical techniques typically available on computer packages.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Brian Leung (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 2 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite: MATH 112 or equivalent
    • You may not be able to receive credit for this course and other statistic courses. Be sure to check the Course Overlap section under Faculty Degree Requirements in the Arts or Science section of the Calendar.
  • BIOL 418 Freshwater Invertebrate Ecology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The life history and ecology of freshwater invertebrates in lakes, rivers and wetlands; habitat requirements, functional ecology and food web interactions; the role of invertebrates in the functioning of aquatic ecosystems; threats to freshwater diversity.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture and 3 hours lab
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 215 (or ENVR 200 and ENVR 202) and BIOL 205 or permission of the instructor
    • enrolment limited to 25 students
  • BIOL 427 Herpetology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Principles of biology as exemplified by amphibians and reptiles. Topics include: adaptation, social behaviour, reproductive strategies, physiology, biomechanics, ecology, biogeography and evolution. Laboratories will emphasize structure, systematics and identification of local and world herpetofauna as well as field methods.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 2 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 205 and BIOL 305 or permission of instructor.
    • Restriction: Not open to students who have taken BIOL 327.
  • BIOL 435 Natural Selection (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Explains how the selection of undirected variation accounts for some of the leading features of the natural world. Its main focus is evolutionary change and adaptation, but it will also include material from ecological, economic, biochemical and computer systems. It emphasizes experimental studies of evolution.

    Terms: This course is not scheduled for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    Instructors: There are no professors associated with this course for the 2012-2013 academic year.

    • Fall
    • 3 hours of lecture
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 304 or permission of instructor.
  • BIOL 441 Biological Oceanography (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : An introduction to how the ocean functions biologically: biology and ecology of marine plankton; regulation, extent and fate of production in the sea.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Neil Price (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture, 3 hours laboratory/conference
    • Prerequisites: BIOL 206; and BIOL 215 or both ENVR 200 and ENVR 202.
  • BIOL 463 Mammalian Evolution (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : The origin, diversity and evolutionary history of mammals, systematic review of fossil and living orders of mammals, aspects of mammalian paleoecology, functional morphology and adaptation.

    Terms: Winter 2013

    Instructors: Virginie Millien (Winter)

    • Winter
    • 2 hours lecture; 3 hours laboratory
    • Prerequisite(s): BIOL 305 or WILD 350 or permission of the instructor
    • The course will use the extensive collections and exhibits of the Redpath Museum as a resource for weekly laboratories.
  • BIOL 465 Conservation Biology (3 credits)

    Offered by: Biology (Faculty of Science)

    Overview

    Biology (Sci) : Discussion of relevant theoretical and applied issues in conservation biology. Topics: biodiversity, population viability analysis, community dynamics, biology of rarity, extinction, habitat fragmentation, social issues.

    Terms: Fall 2012

    Instructors: Lauren Chapman, David M Green, Andrew Gonzalez (Fall)

    • Fall
    • 3 hours lecture
    • Prerequisite: BIOL 215 OR both ENVR 200 and ENVR 202

or other appropriate course at the 300 level or higher with permission of the Adviser.

Bachelor of Arts & Science—2012-2013 (last updated Feb. 14, 2013) (disclaimer)