This program offers independent research and in-depth study. Students complete all lower division requirements and at least 15 upper division units in biological sciences prior to application for entry.
All students take a common core, where courses cover the topics of Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Genetics, Ecology, Physiology, Developmental Biology, Evolutionary Biology and Organismal Biology (of at least one type of organism). This core ensures all students have a strong foundation in the breadth of contemporary biology. There are currently three streams in Biological Sciences which allow specialization at the upper division: an Open (General) Stream, allowing the student to design his or her own program, as well as Cells, Molecules and Physiology and Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Streams.
There are two minors available through the Department of Biological Sciences:
A minor in Biological Sciences is available for individuals interested in learning about the living world, but not interested in pursuing a BSc in Biology. Students must take BISC101 and 102, and at least two of our second year courses (BISC202 and 204 and MBB221 and 222), plus 15 credits in upper division courses.
There is also a minor available in Environmental Toxicology, which provides a thorough overview of the field and makes students eligible for employment in various industrial and governmental agencies engaged in environmental monitoring and research.
See the Program Planner for Minors for detailed program information.
The Department of Biological Sciences is proud of its research program. As an undergraduate student in the department, you are also one of its members and have the opportunity to participate in research. This can be one of the most fulfilling parts of an undergraduate career; you learn more by doing research than by reading about it, and being involved in research can be invaluable in helping you decide what to do with your Biology degree after graduation. There are several courses available, including 3-credit courses (BISC497W, BISC498 and BISC499), and the Independent Study Semester (ISS) (15 credits total in BISC490, 491, and 492W). There is also funding available for a research term through NSERC; the application deadline is normally in January. Research projects currently available in our research laboratories are published here. Contact the Undergraduate Advisor for more information.
Co-op is an educational program that formally integrates academic study with paid work experience in industry roles related to a student's field of study. The program acts as a liason among students, employers and SFU to: identify and facillitate learning oportunities; help students determine and develop the skills and knowledge requirements for employment and identify related personal learning objectives; monitor and assist all co-op students and employers during the workterm. Students considering participating in co-op are encouraged to apply before the end of their first year (approximately 24-30 credit hours). Please consult the "Apply to Co-op" section of the co-op website, or contact the Biology Co-op Coordinator.