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2018-2019 Graduate Courses Offered

Fall 2018 Half Courses

Course Number Title
Instructor Notes
Biology 9214A Teach the Controversy
Lachance Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 25
Biology 9219A Bioethical Perspectives
Lachance Enrollment restricted to students in the MMASc program
Biology 9315A The Biology of Aging Cumming Maximum enrollment: 5
Cross-listed with Biology 4355F
Biology 9340A Topics in Cell & Developmental Biology: Biological Circuit Principles
Karagiannis Maximum enrollment: 15
Biology 9440A
Section 001
Topics in Ecology & Evolution: Watershed Biogeochemistry
Biology 9440A
Section 003
Topics in Ecology & Evolution: Entomology McNeil Cross-listed with Biology 4420A
Biology 9440A
Section 004
Topics in Ecology and Evolution: Life Cycles, Climate Change, and Phenological Adaptation Morbey Minimum enrollment: 6
Maximum enrollment: 12
Biology 9912A Biological Electron Microscopy Gardiner Maximum enrollment: 6
Biology 9915A Analytical Methods and Study Design Rubin Maximum enrollment: 15
Cross-listed with Biology 4259F

Winter 2019 Half Courses

Course Number Title
Instructor Notes
Biology 9289B Biosystematics and Phylogenetics Lachance Cross-listed with Biology 4289B
Biology 9442B Topics in Soil Ecology
Thorn Maximum enrollment: 15
Biology 9561B Topics in Genes & Genomes I: Genome Evolution
Smith Maximum enrollment: 5
Cross-listed with Biology 4563G
Biology 9656B Topics in Plant Physiology: Environmental Plant Physiology
Macfie Maximum enrollment: 5
Cross-listed with Biology 4608G
Biology 9919B Applied Bioinformatics
Tai, Austin, and Poon Maximum enrollment: 20
Cross-listed with Pathology 9577B
Biology 9959B Multivariate Statistics Rubin Maximum enrollment: 15
Biology 9960B Topics in Biological Methods: Analysis of Small Molecules
Bernards Maximum enrollment: 10

Course Registration

Starting with the September 2011 term, students will register online for their Biology graduate courses through the Student Centre.  

Although paperwork will not be required for students enrolling in Biology graduate courses for credit, students who wish to audit Biology graduate courses, take or audit undergraduate courses (approved by their advisory committee in writing) or take or audit out of program courses, will still be required to submit the appropriate paper forms as noted below.  This includes enrollment in the collaborative programs Environment & Sustainability and Developmental Biology. 

Students who were in enrolled in the Biology graduate program before September 1, 2010, will continue to be enrolled in either Biology 9100 (Master’s program) or Biology 9150 (Doctoral program) as a graduate course, however, the graduate program coordinator will look after this.  For all students who joined the graduate program on September 1, 2010 and going forward, Biology 9100 and Biology 9150 will appear as a milestone on the academic record.  Students are no longer required to do anything with respect to to enrollment for Biology 9100 and Biology 9150.  

For additional information on course enrollment, please see the SGPS website http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/course_enrollment.htm

Course Enrolment Forms and Deadlines

To audit a Biology course, students must complete the “Graduate Course Audit Form” found on the following website.


To take an out of program course, including the collaborative programs Developmental Biology and Environment and Sustainability, students must complete the “Request to Enrol in a Graduate Course Outside Home Program” linked below.*


To take an undergrad course for credit or audit as approved by the advisory committee (must be on appropriate advisory committee meeting form), students must complete the “Graduate Student Taking Undergraduate Course Form”.*


*Where paper enrolment forms are required, you must:

  • complete both forms on the sheet where applicable
  • ensure that if you have two supervisors, both sign the form, and
  • submit the completed form to the Graduate Program Coordinator before the posted term deadline

Graduate students in Biology may also select their courses from those offered through the Collaborative Program in Environment and Sustainability.

For information on the courses, please contact the instructors directly.

Deadlines for the submission of paper enrollment forms to BGS 2025 for the fall 2017 term are as noted below:

  • For all undergraduate course forms, the deadline is Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at 4:00PM
  • For all graduate course forms, the deadline is Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 4:00PM