Undergraduate Studies



  • Exciting New CSB Career Initiative 

    Are you curious to know what you can do with your Life Science degree? Would you like to understand how the skills you develop as a Life Science student can be applied to a variety of academic and professional contexts?  Are you eager to develop your abilities in creative thinking, communication and collaboration?  We certainly hope so because CSB has developed an initiative to explore these issues.  It is called POP (Profiling Opportunity: Pathways to the Future).  POP will bring together a team of students from 1st to 4th year to create original videos that spotlight career possibilities and opportunities for Life Science students. These videos will be shared with all interested students both on-line and at public screening events. If this sounds like something you would like to be involved with, then POP is for you!

    Learn more here.

    Apply using this form by Friday, 12 September 2014.

    Get your questions answered by: Professor Ashley Bruce, ashley [dot] bruce (at)utoronto [dot] ca


  • CSB Course Enrollment, 2014-15:  CSB has made some changes to the timetabling of our courses for 2014-15.  Some of these may have more impact on you than others.  For example, CSB343H1 and CSB349H1 are changing sessions. CSB328H1 and CSB330H1 are adding "3rd year students" as a priority to get into these courses.  Thismeans that only students who are in 3rd year in 2014-15 will have access to these courses during the first round of enrollment.  Please click here to see these changes and other changes to our courses.


  • International Experience:  CSB is working with the Centre for International Experience (CIE) to support our students in doing CSB research abroad and/or to do an exchange year.  If you are interested, please visit the CIE website for information about the entire program.  If you would like to talk to someone in CSB about your course options and how they fit into your CSB program, please contact either Prof. Melanie Woodin at m [dot] woodin (at)utoronto [dot] ca or Janet Mannone at janet [dot] mannone (at)utoronto [dot] ca.  We will be creating a space on this website dedicated to the international experience.  Please visit it for updates.
  • The Botany and Zoology programs have been discontinued.  If you are currently enrolled in these programs, then you may continue in them.  However, if you have not enrolled in them, you can no longer do so.  If you are keen on these areas of study, please consider enrolling in the Biology program.  Botany and Zoology have been rolled into Biology, so you can follow almost the same program, but through Biology.  None of our courses has changed, so you can receive very similar content, but the name of your program will be different.  If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the EEB Undergraduate Office for Biology and Botany, and the CSB Undergraduate Office for Zoology.
  • Cell and Molecular Biology Program:  If you enrolled in the Major of this program from Summer 2009 and on or in the Specialist at any time, you are required to take CSB 349H1.  We will not accept BCH 311H1 in lieu of this course.  Please note that the exclusion to BCH 311H1 has been removed from CSB 349, so if you have taken BCH 311, you can take CSB 349.


Welcome to undergraduate studies in the Department of Cell and Systems Biology.  We are a large and diverse department that can provide a wide variety of offerings in cell biology, molecular biology, animal and plant developmental biology, physiology and bioinformatics.

We offer over 50 courses covering topics such as endocrine physiology, introductory virology, cell adhesion and migration, bioinformatics methods and plant-microorganism interactions.  Our foundation courses in cell, molecular and developmental biology, and physiology provide fundamental concepts in each area along with essential skills in modern laboratory techniques. As students move into our upper-level courses, they encounter courses that are more specialized and provide training in advanced concepts and state of the art techniques in research.  Our 400-level courses often have small enrollments allowing for a more personal experience.  Many of these courses are seminar based which allows students to present research data, actively participate in discussions that are fundamental to their studies and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of different experimental approaches.  Students are also encouraged to conduct their own research through our independent research courses where they work one-on-one in a professor’s laboratory.  These courses will develop abilities in evaluating data and critical thinking.

Our courses have been arranged into a number of academic programs:  Animal Physiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, and Developmental Biology.  These programs provide students with a comprehensive education in these areas of specialization.  In addition, the Department contributes to the interdepartmental specialist program in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.  We also offer programs in Biology jointly with the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Genome Biology jointly with EEB and the Department of Molecular Genetics.  More detailed information about each of these programs and program forms are available by clicking on the program name in the menu.

If you wish to discuss your place in Cell and Systems Biology, please contact us at undergrad [dot] csb (at)utoronto [dot] ca.




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