Graduate Courses

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 CodeCourse TitleCourse Term
BOTA 501Seminar Studies in Botany1
BOTA 502Thesis Seminar1 or 2
BOTA 528Current Topics in Plant Biochemistry I1
BOTA 544Techniques in Plant Molecular Biology1
BOTA 546Topics in Botany1 and 2
BOTA 546BTopics in Botany, Directed Studies in Microscopy2


Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Term
BIOL 509 Population and Quantitative Genetics1
BIOL 525BTopics in Systematics and Evolution: Phylogenetic Workshop
BIOL 525DTopics in Systematics and Evolution: Bioinformatics for Evolutionary Biology2
BIOL 530The Biology of the Cell1
BIOL 535Teaching and Learning in the Life Sciences2
BIOL 548Advanced Topics in Biology
BIOL 560Theory of Adapative Dynamics and Evolutionary GamesN/A

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 CodeCourse Title
BIOL 548FPublic Outreach
BIOL 548GCommunity Ecology
BIOL 548HEnvironmental Physiology
BIOL 548IScience Writing
BIOL 548JEcosystem Ecology
BIOL 548KBiofluid Dynamics
BIOL 548LVisual and Oral Presentations
BIOL 548NCardiorespiratory Physiology
BIOL 548ODealing with Data
BIOL 548PEthics in Animal Research
BIOL 548QMetabolic Rate and Measurement
BIOL 548REnviromental Toxicology
BIOL 548SMass and Temperature Effects on Metabolic Rates

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

Course CodeCourse TitleCourse Overview
CELL 504Current 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.

CELL 505Current Topics in Intracellular Trafficking (1.5 credits)

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

CELL 506Fluorescence 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 CodeCourse TitleExternal URL
PLNT 540Plant Molecular Biology Laboratory (same as BOTA 544/FRST 503)


Course CodeCourse TitleExternal URL
ZOOL 500Directed Studies in Zoology
ZOOL 503Comparative Animal Physiology Seminar
ZOOL 527Theoretical Population Dynamics. Corequisite: ZOOL 502
ZOOL 554Topics in Comparative and Environmental Physiology