Honours in Biology, Quantitative Biology Option
(79 credits)

 
*To be revised Fall 2018


Students must attain a 3.50 CGPA to enter (in U3) and to complete the Honours QB option. First Class Honours will be awarded to students in the QB Honours Option graduating with a CGPA of 3.75 or greater.

 


Required Courses (49 credits)

Bio-Physical Sciences Core (31 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 219
3
Physical Biology of the Cell
BIOL 301
3
Cell and Molecular Laboratory
BIOL 395
3
Quantitative Biology Seminar
CHEM 212*
3
Introductory Organic Chemistry 1
COMP 204**
3
Computer Programming for Life Sciences
MATH 222*
3
Calculus 3
MATH 223***
3
Linear Algebra
MATH 247***
3
Honours Applied Linear Algebra
MATH 315+
3
Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 325+
3
Honours Ordinary Differential Equations
MATH 323++
3
Probability
MATH 356++
3
Honours Probability
MATH 324+++
3
Statistics
MATH 357+++
3
Honours Statistics

*Students who have taken the equivalent of CHEM 212 or MATH 222 can make up the credits with complementary 3 or 4 credit courses in consultation with a stream advisor.
** Students who have sufficient knowledge of programming should take COMP 250 Introduction to Computer Science rather than COMP 204
*** Students take either MATH 223 or MATH 247
+ Students take either MATH 315 or MATH 325
++ Students take either MATH 323 or MATH 356
Students take either MATH 324 or MATH 357

Note: 6 credits of either MATH or PHYS courses to be taken at the honours level. Honours equivalents of core Math and Physics courses are listed. All 500-level Math courses are considered as honours courses and can be applied to the 6-credit requirement

Biology (6 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 202
3
Basic Genetics
BIOL 215
3
Introduction to Ecology and Evolution


Research Component (6 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 468
6
Independent Research Project 3

Physics (6 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
PHYS 230*
3
Dynamics of Simple Systems
PHYS 232**
3
Heat and Waves
PHYS 251*
3
Honours Classical Mechanics
PHYS 253**
3
Thermal Physics
*Students take PHYS 230 or PHYS 251
**Students take PHYS 232 or PHYS 253



Course Requirements for Quantitative Biology Streams
21 credits from one of the following two streams:

Stream 1: Theoretical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (21 credits)

Biology (12 credits)

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 205
3
Biology of Organisms
BIOL 206
3
Methods in Biology of Organisms
BIOL 304
3
Evolution
BIOL 308
3
Ecological Dynamics

Field Courses (3 credits from the following list or any other field course with permission):

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 240
3
Monteregian Flora
BIOL 331
3
Ecology/Behaviour Field Course
BIOL 334D1/D2
3
Applied Tropical Ecology
BIOL 432
3
Limnology

6 credits chosen from the following list at the 400-level or above:

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 432
3
Limnology
BIOL 434
3
Theoretical Ecology
BIOL 435
3
Natural Selection
BIOL 465
3
Conservation Biology
BIOL 509
3
Methods in Molecular Ecology
BIOL 510
3
Advances in Community Ecology
BIOL 515
3
Advances in Aquatic Ecology
BIOL 540
3
Ecology of Species Invasions
BIOL 594
3
Advanced Evolutionary Ecology
BIOL 596*
1
Advanced Experimental Design
BIOL 597*
2
Advanced Biostatistics
BIOL 598*
3
Advanced Design and Statistics
*Students choose either both BIOL 596 and BIOL 597, or BIOL 598

Stream 2: Physical Biology (21 credits)

9 credits:

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 319*
3
Introduction to Biophysics
PHYS 319*
3
Introduction to Biophysics
PHYS 329
3
Statistical Physics with Biophysical Applications
PHYS 446
3
Majors Quantum Physics
*Students choose either BIOL 319 or PHYS 319

300-level complementary courses: 6 credits from the following:

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 300
3
Molecular Biology of the Gene
BIOL 303
3
Developmental Biology
BIOL 306
3
Neural Basis of Behaviour
BIOL 309
3
Mathematical Models in Biology
BIOL 313
3
Eukaryotic Cell Biology

500-level complementary courses: 6 credits from the following:

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 518
3
Advanced Topics in Cell Biology
BIOL 520
3
Gene Activity in Development
BIOL 524
3
Topics in Molecular Biology
BIOL 530
3
Advances in Neuroethology
BIOL 551
3
Principles of Cellular Control
BIOL 588
3
Advances in Molecular/Cellular Neurobiology

Complementary Courses (9 credits)
Quantitative Biology - Theoretical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Physical Biology streams
(9 credits from the following)
Note: QB students may not use BIOL 592 as a Program course

Recommendations for either the Theoretical and Evolutionary Biology or Physical Biology streams.

Course
Credits
Course Title
COMP 206
3
Introduction to Software Systems
COMP 250
3
Introduction to Computer Science
COMP 251
3
Algorithms and Data Structures
COMP 350*
3
Numerical Computing
MATH 235**
3
Algebra 1
MATH 240**
3
Discrete Structures
MATH 314
3
Advanced Calculus
MATH 317*
3
Numerical Analysis
MATH 319
3
Introduction to Partial Differential Equations
MATH 326
3
Nonlinear Dynamics and Chaos
MATH 327
3
Matrix Numerical Analysis
MATH 348
3
Topics in Geometry
MATH 437
3
Mathematical Methods in Biology
MATH 447
3
Introduction to Stochastic Processes
*Students may take COMP 350 or MATH 317
** MATH 235 or MATH 240 is required as a pre-req for COMP 251


Recommendations for the Physical Biology Stream

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIEN 310
3
Introduction to Biomolecular Engineering
BIEN 320
3
Molecular, Cellular and Tissue Biomechanics
BIEN 340
3
Transport Processes in Biological Systems
BIEN 510
3
Nanoparticles in the Medical Sciences
BIEN 530
3
Imaging and Bioanalytical Instrumentation
CHEM 222
4
Introductory Organic Chemistry 2
PHYS 242*
2
Electricity and Magnetism
PHYS 257
2
Experimental Methods 1
PHYS 342
3
Majors Electromagnetic Waves
PHYS 434
3
Optics
PHYS 519
3
Advanced Biophysics
PHYS 534
3
Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

*PHYS 242 is required for PHYS 342 and PHYS 434

Recommendations for Theoretical Ecology and Evolutionary Biology stream

Course
Credits
Course Title
BIOL 310
3
Biodiversity and Ecosystems
BIOL 324
3
Ecological Genetics
MATH 242
3
Analysis 1
MATH 340
3
Discrete Structures 2
MATH 423
3
Regression and Analysis of Variance
MATH 524
4
Nonparametric Statistics
MATH 525
4
Sampling Theory and Applications
PHYS 329
3
Statistical Physics with Biophysical Applications

 

Notes:
Option coordinator: Jackie Vogel (Biology)
Stream advisors: Axel Hundemer (Mathematics)
Paul Francois (Physics)
Mathieu Blanchette, Jerome Waldispuhl (Comp Sci.)