Undergraduate Studies



Exciting CSB Career Initiative – Get Involved!

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 brings together a team of students from 1st to 4th year to create original videos that spotlight career possibilities and opportunities for Life Science students.
You can see previous videos here: https://www.facebook.com/profilingopportunity

If this sounds like something you would like to be involved with, then POP is for you!

To Learn More:
Come to the CSB Information & POP Brainstorming Session
Wednesday September 21, 2016 at 4 pm in Ramsay Wright Room 432
Refreshments will be served and you will have the opportunity to learn about CSB programs and events as well as discuss with CSB professors and your peers the questions you have regarding your time in university and beyond, the careers you are most interested in, and the concerns you have about integrating your personal and professional goals.
See the POP Factsheet here

Apply using this form by Monday, 26 September 2016.

Get your questions answered by: Professor Ashley Bruce, ashley.bruce@utoronto.ca


 CSB Timetable Changes

There have been some changes to the timing of the CSB courses for 2016-17.  To find out what they are, please click here.


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. Melanie Woodin at m.woodin@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.