Wilfrid Laurier University Graduate Calendar - 2011/2012
Canadian Excellence

Research in Integrative Biology
1.0 Credit

This seminar‐based course exposes students to the principles and theory of integrative biology through the exploration of biological questions across physiology, development and evolution. These three areas are the most integrative of the sub‐disciplines of biology. At a fundamental level all three relate genetic processes to inputs from the environment. The emergent properties of organisms are best understood as resulting from the combined effects of development and physiology within the lifetimes of individuals, and the action of evolutionary processes over generations. In this course, students will be exposed to different study designs and statistical analyses. They will be required to write and peer‐evaluate a grant proposal which will help students hone their writing skills. They will also be required to review critically journal articles. In addition, it is a requirement for students in this course to attend all Biology Research Seminars throughout the academic year; this exposure to the research done in labs outside the Biology Department adds a new dimension to the integrative nature of the course.