Undergraduate Courses

Course # Course Name
BIOL 309 (LEC, TUT 0.50)

Analytical Methods in Molecular Biology

An introduction to molecular methods used to analyze the structure of genes and genomes, including DNA sequencing, cloning, restriction mapping and bioinformatic tools. Techniques to monitor transcript and protein abundance, protein-protein and DNA-protein interactions will also be covered. [Note: BIOL 240 is recommended. Recommended for students intending to take upper year molecular biology courses. Courses requiring this as a prerequisite are: BIOL 342, 335L, 365, 366, 428, 431, 434, 438. Formerly BIOL 208. Offered: F,S] Prereq: BIOL 130, 139/239; Antireq: BIOL 330

BIOL 376

LEC, LAB 0.50

Cellular Neurophysiology

The structure, function and diversity of ion channel and receptor signalling. The principles of synaptic connectivity and synaptic plasticity, axon guidance, synapse formation, nerve regeneration, and an exploration of in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological recording methods will be covered. [Notes: Recommended: PHYS 111/112; Offered: F of every odd year] Prereq: BIOL 273

BIOL 377

LAB,TUT 0.50

Systems Neuroscience: From Neurons to Behaviour

Systems neuroscience attempts to explain complex functions of the nervous system in terms of underlying neural circuits underlying behavior. Systems neuroscientists study how neural circuits analyse sensory information, form perceptsions, make decisions, and execute movements, as well as contribute to high-level mental functions such as language, memory, and self-awareness. Students should be prepared to write essays on neuroscience research topics, deliver an oral presentation, and participate in the peer review of oral presentations and in-class discussions.

[Note: Biol 376 recommended. Offered F of every even year]


LAB,SEM 0.50

Senior Honours Project

A senior-year research project.

[Note: Normally, only students attaining either a 73% or better cumulative major average or a 78% or better major average in their two most recent terms (normally 3A and 3B) will be accepted into this course. May only be taken with the permission of the BIOL 499 co-ordinator. Consult the BIOL 499 manual for details. A final grade for BIOL 499A will be submitted only after completion of 499B. Normally, BIOL 499A and 499B may not be taken concurrently without prior permission of the BIOL 499 co-ordinator]

Department Consent Required

Prereq: Cumulative Major Average at least 73%; Honours Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Sciences, Bioinformatics students only

Graduate Courses

Course # Course Name
BIOL 678

Special Topics in Neurophysiology

Principles and applications for the study of membrane proteins in physiological processes will be covered, with particular emphasis on voltage-, receptor- and second messenger-operated channels.  Discussions will focus on modern techniques employed in electrophysiology, pharmacology, imaging and biochemistry.