Biology 538 (3.0), 539 (3.0) and 540 (6.0) offer individual students the opportunity to undertake a laboratory research practicum under the supervision of a Biology faculty member. In addition to work in the host lab, students will usually be required to attend BIOL 537 seminars (Fall and/or Winter) and conduct research towards both a major paper and a seminar. The research practicum would normally include 40-60h of laboratory or field work in the host lab per 3.0 units of credit (x2 for 6.0). The courses offer some degree of customization in the format, but the total number of learning hours should be commensurate with the course weight (i.e., 110 – 130 LH / 3.0 units). Though the lab or field practicum may be conducted in the Spring, Summer, Fall, or Winter terms, students must formally obtain approval for the course prior to commencing the practicum. Registration is subject to availability of a supervisor and approval by the Undergraduate Chair in Biology. More information and the application can be found here.
Pre-requisites and exclusions Students will normally be enrolled in the fourth year of their Program, having completed the third year core requirements of their Plan, with priority given to students in an Honours Biology Plan. Students enrolled in BIOL537 are excluded from this course.
Training All students in this course will obtain the appropriate training and certification required for the laboratory field work, including (as appropriate) WHMIS, Off-Campus Field Safety, and Animal Care.