CSB Programs

The Department of Cell and Systems Biology offers two core programsAnimal 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 | Limited Programs | Disciplinary Focuses

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If you are enrolled in one of the programs that we administer (Animal Physiology, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Cell & Molecular Biology or Genome Biology), we strongly recommend that you review your progress in your program(s) regularly on Degree Explorer.

If you have any concerns about your progression through the program (e.g., missing courses), you must come to the CSB Undergraduate Office in a timely manner to discuss them so as to avoid problems with graduating. 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).

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. 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).

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.”

Open Programs


  • 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 to enroll in these programs. Enroll in these programs from 1 March to 22 September 2021.

Limited Programs

Benches in a Teaching Lab prepared for experiments


  • apply for entry
  • limit to the number of students accepted
  • see each program for admission requirements


Logon to ACORN to apply for, then enroll in these programs.

  • The first round of application for these programs is 1 March to 30 April 2021.
  • The second round of application is 10 July to 24 August 2021.

Disciplinary Focuses

Students Receiving Awards


  • optional
  • apply for entry after enrolment in the general 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, BIO255H1 or CSB349H1
  • a statement of interest is required as part of the application form
  • 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
  • once accepted, the Department of Cell and Systems Biology will enroll you into the program
  • application deadline:
    September 15, 2021

Status in focuses will be announced the week of September 20.

Each focus organizes restricted numbers of highly motivated 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
  • 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)

Individual Cell and Systems Biology professors will prioritize focus students for independent research projects (CSB497H1/498Y1/499Y1).

Janet Mannone

Undergraduate Coordinator

Our goal is to create an environment for CSB students that is supportive and welcoming. My role is to facilitate their education and to help make their experience here a rewarding one.

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