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:

How can I take BIOA01H3 and BIOA02H3 if I do not have the prerequisites?

Students wishing to take BIOA01H3F and/or BIOA02H3S who do not have grade 12 biology may take BIOA11H3F to fulfill the grade 12 Biology pre-requisite requirement.  BIOA11H3 will not satisfy the Advanced Functions (or equivalent) pre-requisite.  If you are missing Advanced Functions you will need to either complete the course at an Ontario high school or complete the University of Toronto Mathematics Preparation Course (PUMP).  For more information on PUMP please check the Admissions and Student Recruitment website.

How many D levels should I be completing in if I am enrolled in a Biological Sciences Program?

  • If you are enrolled in our Specialist Program you should should be completing 1.0 D level credits (two courses) within Biological Sciences. 
  • If you are enrolled in one of our Major programs you should only be completing 0.5 (one course) within Biological Sciences that will meet your program requirements.  You should be choosing another D level outside of Biological Sciences courses to complete your degree requirements.
  • If you are enrolled in our Minor program you should be looking for D levels in the department you are completing a Major or Specialist program, not Biological Sciences.

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 you are hoping to use any courses from the St. George or UTM campuses to meet program requirements in Biological Sciences you must get permission to take them prior to the course start date.  If you are already enrolled in a Biological Sciences program please contact your Program Supervisor.  If you are not enrolled in a Biological Sciences program, but wish to enroll in one in the future please contact the Biological Sciences Undergraduate Advisor Jennifer Campbell directly.  Jennifer is in SW 421 - D and can be reached by e-mail at