Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Where can I find the course syllabus for the current and past Biology courses?

Please click here.

What’s the admission requirement to any Biology programs?

  • Students apply to one or more Biological Sciences programs after completion of a minimum of 4.0 full credits, including 1.0 credit in Biology (excluding BIOA11), 1.0 credit in Chemistry, and 0.5 credit in Mathematics (excluding MATA02H3) or Statistics and with a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 2.0 (for Specialist programs) or 1.85 (for Major programs).
  • For Biology Minor program, students can add the Subject POSt any time.

What is a Subject POSt?

  • A subject POSt is a program of study. It is a package of courses designed to provide you with direction in a particular academic area. It may be a Specialist, Major or Minor program and is part of the requirements needed for completion of a degree. Some subject POSts have a co-op component to them.
  • There are two types of Subject POSts:
  • Unlimited Subject POSt - has no enrolment specifications and can be added on ROSI at any time.
  • Limited enrolment Subject POSt - is one where demand exceeds available space. At specific times, students compete for a place on the basis of courses, grades and, sometimes, other criteria. Students apply for these Subject POSts by the deadlines. Choose an alternate "unlimited" Subject POSt(s) (and courses) as back up in case you are not offered admission to the limited enrolment subject POSt you applied for!

When can I apply to Biology Specialist and Major programs?

Application for admission is made to the Registrar through ROSI, in April/May and July/August. See the UTSC Registrar's website for information on program (Subject POSt) selection at:

Which course calendar should I follow to complete my program requirements?

  • As of April 1, 2013, students must satisfy the admission requirements and complete the program requirements that are in place effective April 1st of the year in which they select a Program(s) as a Subject POSt, or any subsequent year.
  • Students are permitted to change their Subject POSt(s), but should be mindful that admission and program requirements can change from year to year, and as of April 1, 2013, the requirements they ultimately must complete are those that are in place effective April 1st of the year in which they change their Subject POSt, or any subsequent year.

How do I know which courses will be offered in the upcoming semester/academic year?

Please see the Future Course Offering page at:

I did not take Biology or Advanced Functions in Grade 12, can I still enroll in BIOA01 and/or BIOA02?

For students who are interested in Biological Sciences Programs, and do not have the grade 12 pre-requisites for first year biology, you may take the following Biology and/or Math preparative courses:

After the completion of the necessary preparatory course, you will be allowed to enroll in BIOA01 and BIOA02

Can I take courses at St. George campus or UTM?

Yes. You can take up to 5.0 credits at other U of T campus. For first-year student, you can take up to 1.0 credit at other campus.

If I want to take a course at St. George campus or UTM as part of the program requirements, should I get permission from anyone?

Yes. You should get permission from your Program Supervisor.  If you are not currently enrolled in a Biology program please contact Jennifer Campbell SW-421-D.