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[bs_citem title=”Undergraduate Student Resources” id=”citem_98″ parent=”collapse_8″] Welcome 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.
[/bs_citem] [bs_citem title=”Graduate Student Resources” id=”citem_91″ parent=”collapse_8″] The Department of CSB is strongly committed to providing excellent graduate programs that train and mentor students in the fields of Cell, Molecular and Systems Biology.  The Department of CSB fulfills this commitment by maintaining and enhancing a world-class research, learning and training environment to ensure successful, rigorous, and internationally-recognised graduate education and research.  In keeping with the interdisciplinary nature of the fields in the CSB graduate programs, exposure to a breadth of research areas and approaches are a key component of the graduate programs.  Graduate students in CSB use state-of-the-art facilities and cutting-edge approaches throughout their graduate program.  This includes participating in the best of functional genomics, genetics, metabolomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, computational biology, cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, and physiology research. The Department of Cell & Systems Biology (CSB) offers a master’s program leading to the degree of Master of Science (MSc) and a doctoral program leading to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). The MSc in CSB provides ideal training for career paths in education, business and policy where science-based decision-making and the interpretation and transmission of scientific information is becoming increasingly important, particularly in many of the “knowledge-based” economies that are emerging the world over.  The MSc program trains scientists that are well suited to fill this demand. The objective of the MSc program is to provide students with skills in the generation, critical evaluation, assessment and communication of data so that they are equipped to proceed with further post-graduate degrees, or other career opportunities where such skills are desired. The CSB PhD program trains scientists who will form part of the next generation of independent researchers in cell, molecular and systems biology.  Graduates of the CSB PhD program will be the future high-level teachers, frontier-expanders, and decision-makers in these fields of inquiry.   In keeping with this, PhD graduates are expected to emerge from the program as independent and autonomous scientists, producing a written thesis that describes original research that stands as a testimony to their ability to generate publishable, stand-alone contributions to the peer-reviewed scientific literature.  As part of their training, PhD students acquire skills in the communication of scientific research (including teaching skills), and acquire broad-based knowledge of the theory and practice underpinning their chosen field.