Admission to 2nd Year Biology

Admission requirements for entry into the 2nd year Biology program (new program):

To be eligible for admission into second year students must have completed:
1) One of BIOL 112 or 121 and 140 or SCIE 001 and BIOL 140 or 8 transfer credit BIOL 1**
2) CHEM 121/123 or CHEM 111/113 or 8 transfer credits CHEM 1**

Other criteria include overall academic performance in first year courses.

Students are expected to register in their second year program requirements and continuance in the Biology Program beyond second year is contingent upon successful completion of these requirements.

The second year requirements are:
Biology Fundamentals: BIOL 200, BIOL 230, BIOL 233 or 234, BIOL 260
Organismal (select two): BIOL 203, BIOL 204, BIOL 205, BIOL 209, BIOL 210, MICB 201
Chemistry: CHEM 233, CHEM 235

Comments:  Students are permitted to defer one of the fundamentals courses (BIOL 200, 230, 234, 260) and one organismal course (BIOL 203, 204, 205, 209, 210) to third year.

Students intending to take BIOL 363 and 364 must take BIOL 204 in their second year, because it is a prerequisite for these courses.

The application form for admission into the 2nd year Biology Program will be available online at the Faculty of Science website in June and the deadline will be toward the end of June.

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