Programs

The Department of Cell and Systems Biology offers two core programs:  Animal Physiology (Major) and Cell & Molecular Biology (Specialist and Major each with the option of Disciplinary Focuses).

We also contribute to multi-Departmental programs (Biology, Bioinformatics & Computational Biology, and Genome Biology).

Open Programs
Restricted Programs
Disciplinary Focuses


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If you are enrolled in one of the programs that we administer (Animal Physiology, Cell & Molecular Biology or Genome Biology), we strongly recommend that you come to the CSB Undergraduate office (RW 424) annually to ensure you are following your program(s) correctly.

You must follow your program as it is outlined in the Arts and Science Calendar in the year you enrolled in the program on ACORN/ROSI. Making substitutions to your program is only considered by the Department under extreme circumstances and on a case by case basis (if we allow a substitution to one student, it does not mean that another student will automatically be granted the same substitution).

If you have any concerns about your progression through the program (i.e. missing courses), you must come to the CSB Undergraduate Office to discuss it so as to avoid problems with graduating in a timely manner. If you have any questions or concerns about your CSB programs, please contact us and we will be happy to review your program with you (see video interview with Janet Mannone, Undergraduate Coordinator).

Please keep in mind that qualification in a departmental program does not necessarily mean qualification for a degree. Check the Arts and Science calendar for “Degree Requirements” and remember that these may depend on the year you first enrolled in the Faculty.


Open Programs (Type 1)

  • open to all students who have successfully completed at least 4.0 credits in any subject
  • no application for entry
  • no limit to the number of students that enter the program
  • logon to ACORN/ROSI to enroll in these programs
  • enroll in these programs from 1 April to 20 September 2017


Animal Physiology  –  
Major

Students learn to compare and contrast the physiological systems of different animal species, or of a single species under difference environmental conditions. This experimental science strives to understand how physiological systems allow animals to adapt to their individual and ever-changing environments.  Through a systems-level approach, from molecules to organisms, students gain an understanding of how emergent properties arise when physiological components operate as a whole.

After foundational courses in first and second year, students participate in advanced lecture, seminar and laboratory courses, and are encouraged to apply for research project courses in the laboratories of the Department.  Course offerings include neurophysiology, respiratory physiology, endocrinology, sleep physiology and comparative cellular physiology.

Cell & Molecular Biology  –  Major

Students learn how genes and proteins organize cells for cellular activities, multicellular development, and cellular interactions with the environment.  Students also learn how cell and molecular biology research is conducted, and receive training in advanced techniques of the field.  Cell and molecular biology research is one the most demanding fields in science.  Students gain an understanding of the field, and leave the program equipped to tackle fundamental scientific questions.

After foundational courses in first and second year, students participate in advanced lecture, seminar and laboratory courses, and are encouraged to apply for research project courses in the laboratories of the Department.  Course offerings include gene expression, cell biology, developmental biology, plant development, plant-microbe interactions, plant signaling, neurogenesis, tissue morphogenesis, stem cell biology, genomics and proteomics.

Genome Biology  –  Major (multi-departmental)

Biology  –  Specialist, Major, Minor (administered by EEB)


Restricted Program (Type 2L)

  • apply for entry
  • limit to the number of students accepted
  • must have completed 4.0 credits including:  BIO120H1, BIO130H1, CHM (135H1, 136H1)/(138H1, 139H1)/CHM151Y1, JMB170Y1/MAT (135H1, 136H1)/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1
  • must have achieved a minimum grade of 70% in BIO130H1
  • if 70% was not earned in 130, you can apply with a minimum grade of 70% in BIO230H1
  • achieving 70% in either of these courses does not guarantee you entry into the programs; it only makes you eligible to apply
  • logon to ACORN/ROSI to apply and enroll in these programs
  • the first round of application for these programs is 1 April to 17 May 2017
  • the second round of application is 3 July to 27 August 2017


Cell
& Molecular Biology  –  Specialist

Students learn how genes and proteins organize cells for cellular activities, multicellular development, and cellular interactions with the environment.  Students also learn how cell and molecular biology research is conducted, and receive training in advanced techniques of the field.  Cell and molecular biology research is one the most demanding fields in science.  Students gain an understanding of the field, and leave the program equipped to tackle fundamental scientific questions.

After foundational courses in first and second year, students participate in advanced lecture, seminar and laboratory courses, and are encouraged to apply for research project courses in the laboratories of the Department.  Course offerings include gene expression, cell biology, developmental biology, plant development, plant-microbe interactions, plant signaling, neurogenesis, tissue morphogenesis, stem cell biology, genomics and proteomics.


Disciplinary Focuses

  • optional
  • apply for entry after enrolment in the Cell & Molecular Biology Major or Specialist
  • limited number of students accepted
  • requires a minimum grade of 80% in BIO130H1
  • if 80% is not earned in 130, you can apply with a minimum grade of 80% in BIO230H1
  • a statement of interest is required
  • meeting these criteria does not guarantee entry into a focus; it only makes you eligible to apply
  • you can only apply to one focus
  • follow the application instructions for each focus below
  • application deadlines:
    May 15, 2017
    for students currently enrolled in the CMB Major or Specialist
    September 20, 2017
    for students enrolling for the first time in the CMB Major or Specialist

Status in focuses will be announced the week of September 25th.

Each focus organizes restricted numbers of high-achieving students with interest in one of three major areas of cell and molecular biology that match major research topics in our Department.

Focus students are required to:

  1. complete a subset of related program course
  2. participate in a learning community for the focus

The learning community:

  • appears on the co-curricular record based on student participation
  • is lead by a CSB faculty member with guest faculty
  • meets four times per year (two 8 a.m. meetings and two others)
  • provides community-building, professional development and enriched academics/projects with an emphasis on research
  • draws students from both the major and specialist into one group
  • student participation in the learning community is required for each year of enrolment in the focus (each student will typically participate in the learning community for 3 years, allowing for student mentoring and multi-year projects)


Molecular Networks of the Cell
 – Focus in the Cell & Molecular Biology Major or Specialist

Course offerings include: Techniques in Molecular and Cell Biology; Neurobiology of the Synapse; Extracellular Matrix Dynamics and Associated Pathologies; Advanced Cell Biology I: Cellular Dynamics During Development; Introduction to Plant-Microbe Interactions; Drosophila as a Model in Cancer Research; Advanced Cell Biology II: Cell Polarity and Cytoskeletal Dynamics; Germ Cell Biology; Regulatory Networks and Systems in Molecular Biology; Epigenetics; Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Plant Signal Transduction; Plant Metabolomics

Learning community led by Prof Tony Harris, an expert in molecular organization and cell biology of the Drosophila embryo (see video interview).

Apply by completing the application form and emailing it to: molecular.network@utoronto.ca

  • application deadlines
    May 15, 2017
    for students currently enrolled in the CMB Major or Specialist
    September 20, 2017
    for students enrolling for the first time in the CMB Major or Specialist


Stem Cells and Developmental Biology
 – Focus in the Cell & Molecular Biology Major or Specialist

Course offerings include: Developmental Biology; Stem Cell Biology: Developmental Models and Cell-based Therapeutics; Plant Development; Drosophila as a Model in Cancer Research; Germ Cell Biology; Neurogenesis; Evolution and Development: Gastrulation; Seminar in Development

Learning community led by Prof Ashley Bruce, an expert in molecular regulation and developmental biology of the zebrafish embryo.

Apply by completing the application form and emailing it to: multicellularity@utoronto.ca

  • application deadlines
    May 15, 2017
    for students currently enrolled in the CMB Major or Specialist
    September 20, 2017
    for students enrolling for the first time in the CMB Major or Specialist


Plant Genomics and Biotechnology
 – Focus in the Cell & Molecular Biology Major or Specialist

Course offerings include: Plant Development; Laboratory in Molecular Plant Biology; Bioinformatic Methods; Introduction to Plant-Microbe Interactions; Regulatory Networks and Systems in Molecular Biology; Proteomics in Systems Biology; Molecular Plant-Microorganism Interactions; Plant Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Plant Signal Transduction; Computational Genomics and Bioinformatics; Chemical Genomics; Methods in Genomics and Proteomics; Plant Metabolomics

Learning community led by Prof Keiko Yoshioka, an expert in signal transduction and stress responses in plants.

Apply by completing the application form and emailing it to: plant.biotech@utoronto.ca

  • application deadlines
    May 15, 2017
    for students currently enrolled in the CMB Major or Specialist
    September 20, 2017
    for students enrolling for the first time in the CMB Major or Specialist

 

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