The attached list is provided to inform you of the graduate courses provided by members of the Botany Department.  The main goal of the graduate program is to promote excellence in research.  We acknowledge that specialization is almost inevitable but we encourage students to develop strengths in other fields closely related to the main research area.  Graduate courses may serve to fill gaps or learn new techniques which are demanded by the research program, and to expand the knowledge base for comprehensive exams. The following courses are compulsory for all graduate students in Botany, Biology or Genetics registered in the Botany department:


BOTA 501                                               Seminar in Botany (3 credits)
BOTA 502                                               Thesis seminar (no credit)


Students in the Master's program have a total requirement of 30 credits.  The compulsory courses (above) count for 3, the thesis (BOTA 549) is 18, and an additional 9 credits must be taken (6 of which may be at the undergrad. level, 300-499**) at the graduate level.  Students in the Ph.D. program may be assigned additional course work at the discretion of the supervisory committee.

Students considering a transfer from M.Sc. to Ph.D. must ensure that in their first year they can obtain 12 credits of first-class average, of which, normally at least 9 credits must be at the 500 level and at least 9 credits must be of first-class standing. 


Course Course Title Term Notes
BOTA501 Seminar Studies in Botany 1 compulsory, see description
BOTA502 Thesis Seminar 1 or 2 compulsory, please see description
BOTA528 Current Topics in Plant Biochemistry I 1 see description
BOTA544 Techniques in Plant Molecular Biology 1 see description
BOTA546 Topics in Botany 1 and 2 see description
BOTA546B Topics in Botany, Directed Studies in Microscopy 2 see description


Course Course Title Term Notes
BIOL509 Population and Quantitative Genetics 1
BIOL525B Topics in Systematics and Evolution: Phylogenetic Workshop Summer Next offer: TBA
BIOL525D Topics in Systematics and Evolution: Bioinformatics for Evolutionary Biology 2 2 credit course (Next Offer: TBA)
BIOL530 The Biology of the Cell 1 see description
BIOL535 Teaching and Learning in the Life Sciences 2 Next in 2018
BIOL548 Advanced Topics in Biology 1 and 2 see description
BIOL560 Theory of Adapative Dynamics and Evolutionary Games Not Applicable not offered in 2017-18

The following Advanced Topics in Biology courses are for one month each (1 credit each)
(for a description of these courses and to see when they are offered, please refer to the Student Service Centre course schedule):

Course Course Title
BIOL548F Public Outreach
BIOL548G Community Ecology
BIOL548H Environmental Physiology
BIOL548I Science Writing
BIOL548J Ecosystem Ecology
BIOL548K Biofluid Dynamics
BIOL548L Visual and Oral Presentations
BIOL548M Population Ecology
BIOL548N Cardiorespiratory Physiology
BIOL548O Dealing with Data
BIOL548P Ethics in Animal Research
BIOL548Q Metabolic Rate and Measurement
BIOL548R Enviromental Toxicology
BIOL548S Mass and Temperature Effects on Metabolic Rates

The following graduate courses from the Cell Graduate Program may be of interest to Botany students:

Course Course Title Course Overview
CELL504 Current Topics in the Cytoskeleton and Cell Motility (1.5 credits)

The structure and function of the cytoskeleton and its involvement in various forms of cell and intracellular motility.

CELL505 Current Topics in Intracellular Trafficking (1.5 credits)

Organization of membranes and organelles within cells and how intracellular trafficking targets molecules to intracellular sites.

CELL506 Fluorescence Microscopy (1.5 credits)

Principles and applications of fluorescence microscopy in biological research and an introduction to advanced techniques in fluorescence microscopy.


Natural Resources Conservation (under the Faculty of Forestry)

Plant Science

Course Course Title External URL
PLNT540 Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory (same as BOTA 544/FRST 503)

Zoology Courses

Course Course Title External URL
ZOOL500 Directed Studies in Zoology
ZOOL503 Comparative Animal Physiology Seminar
ZOOL527 Theoretical Population Dynamics. Corequisite: ZOOL 502
ZOOL554 Topics in Comparative and Environmental Physiology