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Cellular and Physiological Sciences

The Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences offers opportunities for study leading to doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degrees. For information on advanced degrees, see graduate Cell and Developmental Biology. For further information on other courses within the Department, see the Faculty of Medicine.

Completion of first year specialization requirements and the second year organic chemistry requirement are prerequisites to all CAPS courses.

Admission to the Honours Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences B.Sc. Specialization

Students may apply to enter the specialization at the end of first year through the common application which is administered by the Office of the Dean of Science. If admitted for second year, students must follow the program of study and meet the academic standards below to confirm admission to third year.

Students must apply to the Department for admission into the specialization no later than March 31 prior to the third year in their B.Sc. program. Application forms are available on the Cellular and Physiological Sciences website. Students must bring their completed application form to an undergraduate academic advisor in Cellular and Physiological Sciences in person. First preference for entry into third year of the honours specialization will be given to those students who have completed all prerequisites and who have achieved a cumulative 80% average for their first- and second-year required courses, including a minimum grade of 80% in the required biology and chemistry courses, and who have completed at least 33 credits in the Winter Session of second year. Second preference will be given to those who have a cumulative average of at least 75% in first and second year, an 80% grade in the required biology and chemistry courses, and who meet the 33-credit criterion (above). Students who meet the 75% and 33 credit criteria but do not have an 80% average, or those who do have an 80% average but do not meet the 33-credit criterion must consult a Cellular and Physiological Sciences advisor. Students may register provisionally, but could be de-registered by the Department.

Students should note that required courses must be taken in the year in which they appear in the program (e.g., BIOC 301 and 302 will be taken in the third year of a student's program, MICB 202 in the second year, etc.).

Permission of the Department of Cellular and Physiological Sciences is required to alter the progression throughout the specialization.

Students wishing to undertake directed studies at the undergraduate (CAPS 448 or PHYL 448) level must seek departmental approval prior to registration.

Cooperative Education Option

The Department offers a five-year Co-operative Education Option for undergraduate students in the Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences specialization. In addition to the traditional laboratory-based university instruction, the students will receive 12 or 16 months of work placement (i.e., three or four work terms) supervised by scientists in industrial, academic or governmental positions. Work placements typically start in May or September after the completion of third year and continue to the beginning of fourth year. Selection of students will be based on academic performance and general suitability to the work environment as determined by resume and interview. The total enrolment will be subject to the availability of appropriate work placements. The work placements are arranged by mutual agreement between students and employing organizations. Students in the Cooperative Education Option register in CAPS 398, 399, 498 or PHYL 398, 399, 498 and pay the Cooperative Education Option fee per course and Co-op Workshop fees. See Cooperative Education Fees.

Graduation in the Cooperative Education Option requires a student to complete CAPS 398, 399, and 498 or PHYL 398, 399, and 498 in addition to the normal academic requirements. CAPS 499 or PHYL 499 is optional for students who wish to have four work placements.

Detailed information on the option can be obtained from the Cooperative Education Program.

Honours Specialization

Honours (0266): Physiology (PHYL)

This specialization has been renamed to Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences as of Winter Session 2013. Students currently in the specialization will have the option to choose between the designation of Honours Physiology or the designation of Honours Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences for their B.Sc. specialization. Students admitted to the specialization after Winter Session of 2012 will graduate with an Honours B.Sc. in Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences. Students may fulfill requirements with equivalent CAPS courses.

Honours (3221): Cellular, Anatomical and Physiological Sciences (CAPS)

First Year
Communication Requirement1 6
BIOL 112, 1212 ,140 8
CHEM 121 (or 111) 4
CHEM 123 (or 113) 4
MATH 100 or 102 or 1043 3
MATH 101 or 103 or 1054 3
PHYS5 6
Total Credits 34
Second Year
BIOL 200, 201 (or BIOC 202) 6
BIOL 300 (or STAT 200) 3
CHEM 205 3
CHEM 211 4
CHEM 2336, 235 4
MICB 202 3
Electives7 12
Total Credits 35
Third Year
BIOC 301, 302 6
CAPS 301 6
CAPS 303 3
CAPS 390 3
Electives7 15
Total Credits 33
Fourth Year
CAPS 421 3
CAPS 422, 423, 424, 426 12
CAPS 4308 6
CAPS 4498 6
Electives7 3
Total Credits 30
Credits for Degree 132
1 A total of 6 credits of coursework is required to meet the Communication Requirement. For a full list of acceptable courses see the Communication Requirement.
2 Students lacking Biology 11 or 12 must take BIOL 111 before taking BIOL 121.
3 MATH 180 or 184 or 120 may substitute for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit. MATH 110 may be substituted for any of the specified differential calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 3 credits.
4 MATH 121 may substitute for any of the specified integral calculus courses listed by decreasing the electives by 1 credit.
5 Students must take 3 credits of PHYS in addition to PHYS 101, 107 or 117.
6 CHEM 203 is accepted as a substitute for CHEM 233.
7 Electives include a) sufficient courses numbered 300 or higher in Arts or Sciences to meet the Faculty requirements of 48 credits of upper level courses, and b) at least 12 credits from Faculty of Arts, excluding Arts credits used to satisfy the Faculty of Science Communication Requirement.
8 Students will normally be required to take CAPS 430 and 449 in the same Winter Session.

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