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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.

Register in Courses

Do you need to make changes to your enrollment? Follow this link for information on how to add, drop, swap or to be put on a waitlist.

Intent to Register Information for returning Biology Undergraduate Students

If you are planning on returning in September, you must complete and submit an Intent to Register (ITR) form. The Biology Department has prepared an information package as a pdf with helpful web links to guide you through the process until March 31st.

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.