Undergraduate Studies


CSB Independent Research Courses

For those of you interested in doing more than one independent research course with CSB, please be aware that we allow a maximum of 2.0 FCEs be taken as an undergraduate student.  For example, if you have taken CSB497H1F and CSB498Y1Y and would like to do another project, you would only be able to take CSB497H1S.  CSB499Y1Y would not be available to you as it would take you over 2.0 FCEs.

CSB Timetable Changes for 2017-18

Before you enroll in your courses for 2017-18, we recommend that you take a look at the timetabling changes that will be happening to the CSB courses for next year.  The list of our changes can be found here.

As a special note, for those of you interested in taking CSB432H1S, Advanced Topics in Cellular Neurophysiology, the format of the course is changing.  In the past, many students were able attend only part of the course as the class was split in two.  This year, all students are expected to attend the entire 3-hour weekly course.  We strongly discourage you from enrolling in conflicting courses as it could cause you problems if you do not attend the entire course.


CSB has gone social!  Visit the CSB Undergraduate Facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/csbundergrad


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. Les Buck at les.buck@utoronto.ca or Janet Mannone at janet.mannone@utoronto.ca. We will be creating a space on this website dedicated to the international experience. Please visit it for updates.



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.csb@utoronto.ca.