Western University BiologyWestern Science

2016-2017 Graduate Courses Offered

Fall 2016 Half Courses

Course NumberTitle
Biology 9214A Teach the Controversy Lachance Minimum enrollment: 6, Maximum enrollment: 25
Biology 9219A Bioethical Perspectives
Lachance Priority to students registered in the MMASc program, then opens to Biology graduate students.
Maximum enrollment: 30
Biology 9315A The Biology of Ageing
Cumming Cross-listed with Biology 4355F. Maximum enrollment: 10
Biology 9316A Model Systems in Cell and Developmental Biology Damjanovski Cross-listed with Developmental Biology 9100. Maximum enrollment: 15
Biology 9440A Topics in Ecology & Evolution: Entomology McNeil Cross-listed with Biology 4420A
Biology 9440A Topics in Ecology & Evolution: Movement Behaviour and Analysis
Morbey Maximum enrollment: 16
Biology 9960A, sec 001 Topics in Biological Methods: Stable Isotope Applications
Hobson Maximum enrollment: 15

Winter 2017 Half Courses

Course NumberTitle
Biology 9289B Biosystematics and Phylogenetics Lachance Cross-listed with Biology 4289B
Biology 9424B Biodiversity Science Lindo & Thorn Maximum Enrollment: 6
Cross-listed with Biology 4412G
Biology 9436B Behaviorial Ecology
Thompson & MacDougall-Shakleton, B. Maximum Enrollment: 16
Biology 9561B Genes and Genomes I: Genome Evolution Smith Maximum Enrollment: 6
Cross-listed with Biology 4200B
Biology 9656B Topics in Plant Physiology: Environmental Plant Physiology Macfie Cross-listed with Biology 4608G.
Maximum enrollment: 30
Biology 9915B Analytical Methods and Study Design

Maximum Enrollment: 20
Cross-listed with Biology 4259B

Biology 9960B, sec 002 Topics in Biological Methods: Analysis of Small Molecules Bernards Maximum Enrollment: 12
Biology 9960B, sec 003 Topics in Biological Methods: Spatial Data Analysis Rubin Maximum Enrollment: 15
Philosophy 9750B Philosophy and Biology Sinclair and Barker Offered jointly by the Departments of Philosophy and Biology. Open to Biology graduate students for credit.

Summer 2017 Half Courses

Course NumberTitle
Biology 9441L Managing Risks in Ecosystems: Boreal Ecosystems Creed
Biology 9654L Special Topics in Animal Physiology II: Quantitative Approaches to Environmental Physiology Staples Maximum Enrollment: 10
Priority to Students in P&B Stream
Biology 9917L Scientific Leadership Milligan & Sinclair Maximum Enrollment: 12
Restricted to students who have completed their Ph.D. proposal assessment
(or similar milestone for students registered in programs other than Biology)

Course Registration

Starting with the September 2011 term, students will register online for their Biology graduate courses through the Student Centre.  

Although paperwork will not be required for students enrolling in Biology graduate courses for credit, students who wish to audit Biology graduate courses, take or audit undergraduate courses (approved by their advisory committee in writing) or take or audit out of program courses, will still be required to submit the appropriate paper forms as noted below.  This includes enrollment in the collaborative programs Environment & Sustainability and Developmental Biology. 

Students who were in enrolled in the Biology graduate program before September 1, 2010, will continue to be enrolled in either Biology 9100 (Master’s program) or Biology 9150 (Doctoral program) as a graduate course, however, the graduate program coordinator will look after this.  For all students who joined the graduate program on September 1, 2010 and going forward, Biology 9100 and Biology 9150 will appear as a milestone on the academic record.  Students are no longer required to do anything with respect to to enrollment for Biology 9100 and Biology 9150.  

For additional information on course enrollment, please see the SGPS website http://grad.uwo.ca/current_students/course_enrollment.htm

Course Enrolment Forms and Deadlines

To audit a Biology course, students must complete the “Graduate Course Audit Form” found on the following website.


To take an out of program course, including the collaborative programs Developmental Biology and Environment and Sustainability, students must complete the “Request to Enrol in a Graduate Course Outside Home Program” linked below.*


To take an undergrad course for credit or audit as approved by the advisory committee (must be on appropriate advisory committee meeting form), students must complete the “Graduate Student Taking Undergraduate Course Form”.*


*Where paper enrolment forms are required, you must:

  • complete both forms on the sheet where applicable
  • ensure that if you have two supervisors, both sign the form, and
  • submit the completed form to the Graduate Program Coordinator before the posted term deadline

Graduate students in Biology may also select their courses from those offered through the Collaborative Program in Environment and Sustainability.

For information on the courses, please contact the instructors directly.

Deadlines for the submission of paper enrollment forms to BGS 2025 for the winter 2017 term are as noted below:

  • For all undergraduate course forms, the deadline is Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4:00PM
  • For all graduate course forms, the deadline is Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 4:00PM