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Biological Sciences

  • Biology
  • Molecular Biology & Biotechnology
  • Biology & Biochemistry (Health & Biomedical Stream)
  • General Science
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Admission Requirements & Program Highlights

Our program applies modern investigative techniques in several biological areas with specializations in: microbiology, cellular, developmental, environmental and evolutionary biology, population and ecosystem ecology, or a combination of these areas. You will acquire the tools and skills to successfully compete for positions in industry, government, education, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine and physical therapy—just to name a few.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SBI4U required. MCV4U strongly recommended. SPH4U recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding MDM4U.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Biology required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended. Grade 12 Physics recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Biology required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended. Grade 12 Physics recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Math, Chemistry, Biology. A minimum 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses. Calculus recommended.

75%

Investigates biological systems at the cellular and molecular levels. This involves the use of living cells and the materials they produce to create products for pharmaceutical, diagnostic, agricultural and environmental applications. It provides an excellent foundation for a career in industry, government, education, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physical therapy.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SBI4U required. MCV4U strongly recommended. SPH4U recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding MDM4U.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Biology required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended. Grade 12 Physics recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Biology required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended. Grade 12 Physics recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Math, Chemistry, Biology. A minimum 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses. Calculus recommended.

75%

Our Health and Biomedical Sciences stream provides a clear pathway to medicine, pharmacy or graduate research in a health-related science. This program builds on the strengths of both biology and biochemistry and integrates lab components with course selection flexibility.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U, MHF4U, SCH4U and SBI4U required. SPH4U recommended. A minimum of 75% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding MDM4U.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Biology required. Grade 12 Physics recommended. A minimum of 75% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, Grade 12 Chemistry and Grade 12 Biology required. Grade 12 Physics recommended. A minimum of 75% average in all attempted Science and Math courses, excluding Grade 12 Mathematics of Data Management.

75%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Math, Chemistry, Biology. A minimum 75% average in all attempted Science and Math courses. Physics recommended

75%

Although this is not specifically a Biology program, the General Science program gives you flexibility to explore biological sciences in a three-year degree program. You’ll have the opportunity to build a solid academic foundation in an additional science area chosen from chemistry and biochemistry, earth and environmental sciences, computer science, mathematics, physics, or economics. This program can be used as a stepping stone to four year honours degrees.

Admission Requirements

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

ENG4U, MHF4U, and two of SCH4U, SBI4U or SPH4U required. MCV4U strongly recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, and two of Grade 12 Chemistry, Grade 12 Biology or Grade 12 Physics required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Advanced Functions, and two of Grade 12 Chemistry, Grade 12 Biology or Grade 12 Physics required. Grade 12 Calculus and Vectors strongly recommended. 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses

70%

Course Requirements

Minimum Average

Grade 12 English, Grade 12 Math, two of the following: Chemistry, Biology, Physics. Calculus strongly recommended.A minimum 70% average in all attempted Science and Math courses

70%

Functional Knowledge

  • Understanding and analyzing biological systems from the level of DNA up to and including ecosystem processes
  • Operating advanced scientific laboratory equipment and instruments
  • Taking careful measurements and recording precise observations using best practices/field techniques
  • Communicating interpreted technical and scientific data to various audiences
  • Understanding relevant topics in the medical and health sciences with depth and nuance

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Explore Opportunities

Explore a selection of recommended opportunities for students in this program. Below you'll find many options – you don’t have to do everything on it or limit yourself to it. Engage in opportunities from each of the three categories to set yourself up for success.

HIP

High-Impact Practices (HIP)

A HIP is an enriching educational experience that can be life-changing and often includes learning outside of the classroom while encouraging meaningful interaction and collaboration.

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Career Planning

Intentional career planning will help you prepare for your next step after graduation. It is a fluid, dynamic, and continuous process, meaning you can move on or return to an earlier stage at any time. You can even work through simultaneous cycles, like one for your long-term dream job and another for a summer job.

Manage Your Career - 1. Asses Yourself - 2. Explore Careers - 3. Expand Skills - 4. Market Yourself - 5. Find a job

Build your Skills and Experience

Your UWindsor experience is more than attending classes. It is a combination of academics, co-curricular activities, and extracurricular involvement. By making the most of all three elements of your university experience, you will maximize your opportunities to build your skills, broaden your personal network, and clarify your long term academic and career goals.

Academics

Curriculum

Courses of study specific to each program

Co-Curriculum

Co-Curriculum

Activities and experiences that complement coursework (Outstanding Scholars, peer mentoring, VIP)

Extracurriculum

Extracurriculum

Activities falling outside of the scope of set curriculum (Part-time job, clubs, volunteering, athletics


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Windsor/Essex County is a beautiful region situated in the heart of the Great Lakes. We enjoy the warmest climate in Ontario, with a long Summer and short Winter. Come see us, you won't want to leave.

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Life After Graduation

Megan Mickle

“The Biology department at the University of Windsor is an outstanding organization to be a part of, in terms of both learning and research. The professors are passionate about their jobs and are willing to go the extra mile to facilitate a great learning experience. The department is also representative of a tight knit community, which allows for numerous collaborative opportunities.”

Megan Mickle –
BSc (Honours) in Biological Sciences with Thesis [2015]
MSc in Biological Sciences [2017]

115

Number of Biological Sciences Graduates (2017)

89.4%

Employment rate of graduates 2 years following degree completion
(OUGS Biological Sciences, 2014)

Common Industries for Biological Sciences Graduates

  • Academia: Advanced biological research
  • Biomedical and biotechnical research
  • Education: Curriculum design, teaching
  • Food sciences, production, and regulation
  • Government: Research and policy development/testing
  • Industry: Consulting, product development/testing
  • Medicine and dentistry
  • Other health-care professions
  • Veterinary science

Career Tracks*

  • Agricultural scientist
  • Animal care specialist
  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Conservation officer
  • Dentist
  • Doctor
  • Ecologist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental assessor
  • Fisheries scientist
  • Food inspector
  • Lab technician
  • Laboratory supervisor
  • Medical director
  • Nutritionist
  • Optometrist
  • Pharmacist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Policy advisor
  • Professor
  • Project manager
  • Public health educator
  • Quality assurance supervisor
  • Radiation therapy
  • Research co-ordinator
  • Teacher
  • Veterinarian
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* Additional education and/or training required for some of the above careers.

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