The Department of Cell and Systems Biology offers a variety of specialist, major and minor programs. If you are enrolled in one of our programs, we strongly recommend that you come to the CSB Undergraduate office (RW 424) annually to ensure you are following your program(s) correctly. It is important to remember that you must follow your program as it is outlined in the Arts and Science Calendar in the year you enrolled in the program on ROSI. Making substitutions to your program is only considered by the Department under extreme circumstances and on a case by case basis. This means that if we allow a substitution to one student, it does not mean that another student will automatically be granted the same substitution. If you think you need to make a change to your program, you must come to the CSB Undergraduate Office to discuss it to avoid a situation where you will be unable to graduate in a timely manner. If you have any questions or concerns about your CSB Subject POSts, please contact us and we will be happy to review your program with you.

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)

Animal Physiology  –  Major

Cell and Molecular Biology  –  Major

Genome Biology  –  Major

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

  • 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 we allow into the program
  • logon to ROSI to enroll in these programs
  • enroll in these programs from 1 April to 25 September 2016


Restricted Programs (Type 2L)

Cell and Molecular Biology  –  Specialist

Developmental Biology  –  Specialist

  • apply to get into them
  • there is a limit (L) to the number of students we will take (approximately 30 in each program)
  • have to have completed 4.0 credits including:  BIO120H1, BIO130H1, CHM (135H1, 136H1)/(138H1, 139H1)/CHM151Y1, JMB170Y1/MAT (135H1, 136H1)/MAT137Y1/MAT157Y1
  • have to achieve a minimum grade of 70% in BIO130H1
  • if you do not earn at least 70% in 130, you can apply if you achieve a minimum grade of 70% in BIO230H1
  • achieving a 70% in either of these courses does not guarantee you entry into the programs; it only makes you eligible to apply
  • the first round of application for these programs is 1 April to 11 May 2016
  • the second round of application is 4 July to 28 August 2016


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