Wilfrid Laurier University Undergraduate Academic Calendar - 2013/2014
Canadian Excellence

Honours BA Biology

The Honours BA Biology program consists of 20.0 credits, of which not more than 6.0 may be taken at the 100 level; the program includes at least 10.0 but no more than 11 senior Biology credits. Students may use their senior Biology courses to fulfill the requirements for one of three streams (refer to Note 5). Students must complete a number of compulsory courses equivalent to a minor in the History & Philosophy of Science (3.0 credits) (refer to Note 7). They may use their remaining elective credits to build a second minor in another discipline.

Required courses:
BI110, BI111, BI226, BI236, BI256, BI266, BI276, BI296
0.5 credit in Philosophy
HP201 or HP202
0.5 credit from HPS category B
1.0 credit from any HPS category

Additional Information

  1. Senior courses in Biology may involve statistics, or an understanding of organic chemistry. Year 1 students are encouraged to consider taking MA100 and CH110 to prepare for taking further courses in these disciplines, as in some cases, MA241 or CH202 are required for success in senior Biology courses.
  2. At least 2.0 senior BI credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.
  3. 3.0 senior BI credits must have a lab and/or field work component (not including BI499‡).
  4. Electives must include 1.0 credit from each of Curriculum Divisions A and B.
  5. Senior honours students are expected to attend all department seminars.
  6. Upon consultation with the department, senior students may choose 300 and 400 level courses to fulfill the requirements for one of three streams:
    Stream A Cell, Molecular & Microbial Biology, Genetics;
    Stream B Biodiversity, Evolution & Ecology;
    Stream C Physiology & Toxicology.
  7. The minor in History & Philosophy of Science requires senior credits in a number of disciplines. Students must obtain the necessary prerequisites for the senior courses that will be part of their program. (Refer to the Faculty of Arts chapter for a complete description of the HPS minor.)
  8. The following is a suggested schedule within which all program requirements can be fulfilled:

Course Schedule

Year 1
BI110, BI111
0.5 credit in Philosophy (PP110 or PP111 recommended)
3.5 elective credits (refer to Note 1)

Year 2
BI226 and BI236 (fulfills HPS category C requirement)
BI256, BI266, BI276, BI296
HP201 or HP202 (fulfills HPS category A requirement)
1.5 elective credits (a minimum of 0.5 credit should be at the senior level)

Year 3
3.0 senior BI credits
0.5 credit from HPS category B
0.5 credit from any HPS category
1.0 elective credit

Year 4
4.0 senior BI credit
0.5 credit from any HPS category
0.5 elective credit