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Biology, the science of life is concerned with the structure and function of organisms, their evolution and ecology. The Department of Biology offers undergraduate instruction in all the major fields of biology, with particular strength in cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology.  While each specialized program in the Department of Biology centers on a prescribed core of courses, students have the opportunity to take a broad variety of elective courses so as to acquire an understanding of the multifaceted nature of biology today.

The Biology faculty includes accomplished and internationally renowned research scientists who are dedicated to helping students acquire critical learning, analytical and scientific skills. These skills provide students with a better understanding of the beauty, complexity and fragility of the natural world and facilitate engagement in informed discussions of scientific questions. Our goal is to provide students with an excellent well-rounded education in life sciences that can lead to fulfilling careers in industry, academia and government. We strive to inspire and engage our students through lectures, laboratory courses, field courses, and independent study programs. An important component of the undergraduate program in Biology for Honours students is the opportunity to do an Honours Thesis based on laboratory and/or field investigations under the supervision of a faculty member.

The Department of Biology is housed in three separate buildings on campus: Farquharson, Lumbers, and the Life Sciences Building (LSB). All first year and some second year laboratories are offered in the new LSB with state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.

This website is primarily for current students.  Prospective students should visit the Faculty of Science Future Students website.

Samuel Benchimol, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biology

Special Bulletin

YorkU Career Centre's Winter Careers Fair

Date: Thursday January 22
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Location: TEL Building lobby

For more details, please see the website.

University of Tokyo Amgen Scholars Program 2015 Applications

University of Tokyo (UTokyo) has been awarded a two-year grant from the Amgen Foundation that will provide hands-on laboratory experience to undergraduate students through the Amgen Scholars Program.

The objective of the program is to provide undergraduate students from different countries (including some from Japan) who are committed to or who are considering a career in biology or related sciences and looking to continue to graduate studies, with eight weeks (from June 8 to July 31, 2015) of biomedical research experience in the basic and translational sciences. Opportunities for research experience are being provided by 40 research laboratories in 5 of the graduate schools and research institutes of UTokyo (Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Science, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences and the Institute of Industrial Science) where the students will be able to gain valuable experience in research.

Additionally there will be opportunities for the students to take part in tours and guidance about the university, and other events organized to maximize their experience as Amgen Scholars at UTokyo. The Amgen Scholars selected will each receive financial support that will cover their return travel and accommodation expenses during the program, and also receive a stipend to cover their daily expenses.

UTokyo Amgen Scholars Program applicants must:

  • Be undergraduate students enrolled in colleges or universities worldwide (including Japan) that award a bachelor's degree (or its equivalent)
  • Be undergraduate students enrolled in four-year colleges or universities who are sophomores in their second year (with four quarters or three semesters of college experience), juniors in their third year, or non-graduating seniors in their fourth year (who are returning in the fall to continue their undergraduate studies)*
  • Have a strong record of academic performance
  • Have a high level of English proficiency: as demonstrated by a minimum TOEFL (iBT) score of 79, IELTS overall band score of 6.0 or equivalent, if not a native English Speaker or if English is not your first language
  • Have an interest in pursuing a Ph.D

* Please note that undergraduate students enrolled in colleges or universities with a three-year bachelor degree program must have completed at least two semesters of their studies prior to participating in the Program.

The application for the program is now open and will close on February 2, 2015 (Japan Standard Time).

To learn more about the UTokyo Amgen Scholars Program, please visit the program website. Any questions should be forwarded to

NSERC: 2015 Summer Internship Applications

Summer research assistant scholarships for undergraduates. Application deadlines are usually near the end of January. The professor you work with has to be funded by NSERC. Applications are now being accepted for summer 2015. Deadline is January 23,2015. Click here for more information.