- Applications are now being accepted for the Dr. Leslie Paul Nyman Scholarship. This is awarded to an outstanding student in plant biology who is involved in community service activities. Due date for applications is 19 June 2013. Click here for information on how to apply.
- 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.
- Developmental Biology Specialist: in the 2010-11 Arts and Science Calendar, line 4. under Higher Years should read, "2.5 (or 3.5*) courses..." not "3.0 (or 4.0*) courses...."
- BIO 240H1F/241H1S: These courses are being taught for the last time in 2010-11. If you take and successfully complete these courses, you do not need to take BIO 130H1 or BIO 230H1. However, if you need BIO 240H1 and BIO 241H1 for a CSB program and you are unsuccessful in completing these courses (i.e., you drop or fail them), you will have to take BIO 130H1 and BIO 230H1.
- BIO 270H1F: If you are planning on taking BIO 270H1F and have taken BIO 150Y1, you do not need to take BIO 230H1 as a corequisite.
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 and physiology.
We offer 45 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 project courses where they work one-on-one in a professor’s laboratory. These courses will develop your 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.