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Learning in a Biology lab

The study of life spans a tremendous scale of inquiry from individual molecules to whole organisms to entire ecosystems.  At each level exists a complexity that is both wonderful to observe and yet challenging to understand – and this is what makes biology one of the most dynamic and compelling of the sciences.  Whether it is the study of habitat loss due to climate change or developing an AIDS vaccine – both endeavors are built on the fundamental understanding of biological systems.

The overall goal of the Biology undergraduate program is firmly rooted in a liberal education where students develop into open-minded, skeptical and engaged citizens.  Within the framework of the study of biology emphasis is placed on developing critical thinking and communication skills, helping you prepare for a career in a wide range of areas including scientific research and the professions of law, medicine and education.

Upcoming Events

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The Life Sciences Ontario (LSO) Scholarship
Applications Close – May 15, 2022

Calling all Indigenous, Black and Racialized naturalists! UofT Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) Department and Field Research in EEB Diversified (FREED) are offering a paid weeklong field excursion at Algonquin Wildlife Research Station from 20-27 August 2022. Undergraduate students hoping to pursue a career in EEB are welcome to apply to gain skills such as tree and bird identification, small mammal tracking, scientific illustration and more! 15 students will be selected based on the application process. This workshop will be led by Indigenous, Black and Racialized graduate students and experts in the field. Applications are due June-15. For more information, email Aranya Iyer (aiyer25@uwo.ca). To apply, visit https://forms.gle/HFLZpTZes1DV4rvo9.

Bamboo Ecosystems & Building: Primates, People, and Habitat workshop May 11-20

Four universities in Canada offer a three-year Master of Architecture program that is open to students with a four-year undergraduate degree in any field.
STUDIO FIRST at Carleton University is designed to prepare such students for application to professional graduate studies in architecture in Canada and elsewhere.
It is a summer online “bridge” program that introduces students to design culture and helps them generate competitive portfolio material.
STUDIO FIRST 2022 is currently accepting applications. There are two sessions:
May 18 to June 22, July 6 to August 10

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Information About Course Offerings During COVID-19 Pandemic

As Western University continues to respond to the changing circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Fall/Winter 2020-2021 course offerings in Biology may be subject to change.

As you plan your course selections, we encourage you to review the Academic Timetable regularly and follow updates on Western's COVID-19 website.

This message is also present on the timetable site: https://studentservices.uwo.ca/secure/timetables/mastertt/ttindex.cfm

Please Note: Due to uncertainty around COVID-19, students must have a reliable internet connection and computer that are compatible with online learning and testing system requirements. Some courses may also require the use of a remote proctoring platform (such as Proctortrack) to ensure tests are taken fairly in accordance with Western's policy on Scholastic Discipline for Undergraduate Students and Scholastic Discipline for Graduate Students.

Computer requirements include:

  • Operating system: MAC: OSX Yosemite 10.10.5 or higher, PC: Windows 7, 8, or higher
  • Processor/Ram: MAC: Intel / AMD Processor, 2 GB RAM, PC: Dual-core 2.4 Ghz CPU, 2 GB RAM or better
  • Web Browsers: Mozilla Firefox v20.0 or Higher Google Chrome v25.0 or higher
  • Plug-ins: Javascript Enabled & Third Party Cookies Enabled
  • Camera resolution: 800 x 600 resolution or better
  • Internet connection: Cable Modem, DSL or better (300 kbps download, 250 kbps upload)


Please refer to the course syllabus and Western's remote proctoring website for further information.