There is no end to the fascinating questions we can ask about how the natural world functions. From dissecting the molecular mechanisms at play in cells to understanding the complexity of interactions in the biosphere, the beauty and mystery of nature astounds. There has never been a more exciting time to study biology, with subjects ranging from climate change and the conservation of biodiversity to the origin and evolution of life, and from the form and function of organisms to the ongoing “omics” revolution at the molecular level. Regardless of your area of interest, there is something in biology for you -- questions waiting to be answered and riddles of nature to be solved.
Biology - Mathematics
Understanding the evolution of drug resistant diseases draws upon knowledge of genetics, genomics, epidemiology, and population ecology and these are all areas of study steeped in both Biology and Mathematics. This example is just one of many that could be used to highlight the growing need for quantitative literacy in academics, medicine, and industry. The Biology and Mathematics SSP incorporates courses from both departments and combines them with specialized courses in “BioMath” to provide an exceptional learning experience in this emerging field.
Biology - Psychology
Humans and other animals have more in common than you might think. From neurological systems to patterns of behaviour, this four year Subject of Specialization Plan fuses core elements from Biology and Psychology and allows considerable opportunity for upper year specialization and independent study. With an emphasis on cross-disciplinary interaction and integration, the "BioPsych" SSP explores both commonalities and uniquely human features of brain, behaviour and cognition.
The Environmental Biology specialization pairs the applied multidisciplinary perspective of environmental studies with in-depth scientific training in biology. Students draw on foundations in genetics, physiology, evolution, and ecology to address challenging topics like pollution, conservation, and climate change.