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Biological Sciences
University of Windsor
Room 119 BIO, 401 Sunset
Windsor Ontario N9B 3P4
telephone: 519-253-3000
ext. 2695
fax. 519-971-3609

Departmental Overview

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor is a full service department engaged in both undergraduate and graduate teaching and committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. Biological science majors will acquire the tools and skills necessary to successfully compete for positions in industry, government or any one of several professional programs including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine, physical therapy - just to name a few. Unlike in many universities, undergraduate students at Windsor are given the opportunity to gain practical hands-on laboratory and field experience beginning in the first year of study. The small class size of most biology courses, breadth of courses offered, and close contact between students and professors makes learning at Windsor a rewarding and stimulating experience.

Through faculty counselling students are able to design their academic program to acquire expertise in two broad areas of study: cell, molecular and developmental biology and environmental biology. Within these broad areas of biology students have the flexibility to design interdisciplinary programs, or to specialize in areas such as biotechnology, neuroscience or aquatic biology. Students also have the flexibility to design programs which meet the admission requirements of any of the professional programs listed above. Students at Windsor can also opt for a course of study leading to the “Biological Science with Research Major” degree. Students in this stream are routinely sought after by other universities to fill positions in graduate programs leading to the M.Sc. and/or Ph.D. degrees. They also meet the academic qualifications for admission to the M.Sc./Ph.D. Program in the Biological Sciences at the University of Windsor.

The Department of Biological Sciences is housed in the Biology Building and occupies over 65,000 square feet of office and laboratory space. The Biology Building has numerous special purpose areas. For studies in cell, molecular and developmental biology the department has a molecular biology core facility, state-of-the-art cellular imaging facilities, instrumentation for DNA cloning and sequencing, microarray technology and a bioinformatics server, cell culture rooms, a hybridoma centre and laboratories which meet national standards for recombinant DNA technology procedures. For studies in the area of environmental biology the department has various incubators and environmental walk-in chambers, facilities for the care of mammals and aquatic organisms, and multi-passenger vans and boats. The Department of Biology also has extensive interactions with the Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research which is housed on campus, and with the Harrow Research Station of Agriculture Canada. Co-op students in the environmental sciences also have access to other research and computational facilities across the country through placements in the third and fourth years of their program.

Created on: 20/01/2019. Copyright 2000, University of Windsor