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Department of Chemistry and Biology

Departmental Forms 

Lab Exemption Form

Biology courses:

Chemistry courses: Lab exemption

Laboratory exemption cannot be used in conjunction with a course substitution request. 

If you have previously taken a course with a lab and need to retake the lecture portion of the course due to a failing grade, please follow the instructions and fill out the Lab exemption form.

Conflict overrides will be given only if your request for a lab exemption is approved by the course instructor and the lab portion of the course conflicts with another course.

Students in their final year who require a course that conflicts with their schedule must contact their Program Director for enrollment consideration. For this, you must not have a course overload and must have passed all other required courses based on your Advisement report.

Chang School Prerequisites and Transfer Credits 

If you took a Chang school course that is a prerequisite for a full time course, please follow the instructions and fill out the UNDERGRADUATE DEGREE COURSE EXCEPTION (SUBSTITUTION/DIRECTIVE) FORM

If the prerequisite was a transfer credit from another institution, we will be able to verify this by your transfer credit report/unofficial transcript and can then enroll you in your desired course. Please contact the main department if this is your situation.   

Assignment Cover pages should be printed before submitting assignments to our drop box:

Assignment and Lab Cover Page

Appointments with Faculty

Consultation hours are posted by the individual professors on their office doors or in their course outlines.

Class Cancellations

Notices are usually posted on the classroom door, posted on Blackboard or sent via Departmental Mass Student Email.

Contact Directory

The Contact Directory for different departments and services at Ryerson.


Please note that while on a co-op placement (work term) you cannot register in any program courses.  Violation of this will jeopardize your co-operative credit and the credit of the course(s) taken.

Co-op Program Director in Biology is

Dr. Costin Antonescu

Phone: 416-979-5000 ext. 553821
Office: KHE-328-A

Co-op Program Director in Biomedical Sciences is

Dr. Sarah Sabatinos

Phone: 416-979-5000 ext. 3570
Office: KHN 308

Co-op Program Director in Chemistry is 

Dr. Stephen Wylie
Phone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6355
Office: VIC-706

Career & Co-op Centre | Ryerson University

E: | T: 416-979-5068 |

Course Unions

Course Union is a student-run organization geared to the needs of the students. Each program has a course union which endeavours to  provide  services such as peer support, an exam/test bank, and other student assistance as required. Biology and Chemistry Course unions are an excellent way to get involved in the Department community. Please follow the link above for more information of visit the course union office at KHE-124.

Departmental Council

The Department Departmental Council is comprised of faculty, staff representatives and student representatives from the Department of Chemistry and Biology. It is responsible for developing and recommending policy relevant to our department. The Departmental Council approves program and curriculum changes before presenting them to the Senate. Students interested in being a member of the Departmental Council should contact the Administrative Assistants in the Department of Chemistry and Biology Office.

Graduate Assistants/Teaching Assistants

For job opportunities, please register through eHIRE:

Graduate Programs

The Department of Chemistry and Biology offers the two graduate degree programs in either Molecular Science or Enviromental Applied Science and Management.

For more information visit: If you are interested in further information regarding the Molecular Science please contact Sarah Kovacs, Program Administrator via email:

For more information visit: or contact Elias Chu, Program Administrator, Ensciman via email:


The Chemistry and Biology Department students share locker space due to the insufficient amount of lockers allocated. Most importantly this decision was made for the health and safety for our student body. On a daily basis, when you attend a lab, the TAGA's in the lab will assist you in placing your items in a shared locker.

Please NOTE DO NOT bring valuables to class, you risk loss or stolen items. 

NOTE: By mid September it is a free for all lockers for any unused locker. All Lock and contents must be removed before May 1.


Academic Consideration

Probationary Contracts

Students with Probationary standing may not continue their studies until a specific plan of studies has been authorized for them by the Undergraduate Program Director. Students who fail to have a probationary plan of studies approved by the Undergraduate Program Director will have their course selection requests or course registrations cancelled for the term in question.

Student Complaints

Students should first talk about any course-related concerns they have with their instructors. If they do not feel comfortable doing this or cannot resolve the concerns, they may bring this up with the Undergraduate Program Director followed by the Chair of the Department. Students may also consult Ryerson’s ombudsperson discuss any complaints they may have.

Student Guide

Undergraduate Course Calendar

Bachelor of Science in Chemistry: 4-year regular or 5-year co-operative program.

Chemistry plays a leading role in our world and our lives. Focused on understanding matter and energy and their interactions with each other, this essential science is a part of everything we do, from creating new, useful materials and products to protecting the environment and fighting disease. Ryerson graduates in this dynamic field are involved in a range of exciting research areas and applications, from synthesizing new organic and inorganic materials, to pursing a variety of opportunities in analytical chemistry, biochemistry, computational chemistry, proteomics and molecular biology.

For more information please visit:

Bachelor of Science in Biology: 4-year regular or 5-year co-operative program.

The biology program dives into the study of living organisms, with the intent of unlocking the mysteries of our planet. First-years will undertake studies in Chemistry, Contemporary Science, Mathematics and its Applications, and Medical Physics. Like in many of our science programs, the biology department offers external placements, engaging research opportunities, and laboratory training. Upper level students undertake the more advanced and intrinsic principles of the subject (biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, botany and evolution), and will begin to refine their chosen biological stream. Zoology, molecular biology, environmental biology and biotechnology are just a few of the offerings from this science pool. There are also optional specializations in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Biophysics or Environmental Biology. Students choose any stream within the program and are able to customize their degree with our unique and plentiful options.

For more information please visit:

Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science: 4-year regular or 5-year co-operative program.

The biomedical sciences program will investigate pressing medical conundrums such as the nature of cancerous cells, how microorganisms attack the body, and the correlation between gene expression and its affects on aging. By first laying down the groundwork with a meticulous study of human anatomy, our students will look at new and innovative therapies and treatments that address illness.

Lower level classes will consist of other foundational programs such as biology, physics, chemistry, math and psychology, in addition to basic biomedial studies. Each subsequent year will have more advanced and refined offerings, so students will have the opportunity to choose from molecular biology, immunology, experimental design, systems biology, cancer biology, stem biology, critical thinking, and of course, advanced biomedical science. Besides a detailed and satisfyingly rigorous academic program, undergrads will be provided with work placement opportunities, summer internships, and practical research projects. These external experiences are made more enviable by our location in the heart of downtown Toronto.

For more information please visit:


Undergraduate Research at Ryerson: Funding and Opportunities   

In order to participate in world-class research opportunities at Ryerson, undergraduate students are encouraged to approach individual faculty members within the department and seek out research and funding opportunites with them.

    Funded opportunities include:

        - NSERC URSA

        - RYERSON URO

        - Work Study Research assistantships



Career Planning in (and around) Your Science Degree

With a degree in science, you are well prepared to tackle the problems in the Natural and Physical world... But what about landing that dream job after your degree. The following clickable PDF's courtesy of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)  offer some guiding tips on how to paln for a career in science or other professional disciplines.

  1. Finding the Right Path for You - Building a science career map.
  2. From Undergrad to Postdoc - Following opportunities to become a World Class Scientist.
  3. Industry or Academia? - Find out which field is best suited for you.
  4. The Informed Job Search - Understanding how to predict future job markets in science.
  5. Careers away from the Bench - Using your science degree in an different field.
  6. Women in Science - The world needs science, and science needs women.



Department of Chemistry and Biology Awards 


Recently you will have noticed that the Awards and Scholarships Office is using a new platform called AwardSpring.

A number of awards for the Chemistry and Biology Department contained errors in the initial platform setup.  These errors have now been corrected.

Please note that many of these awards now require a written component and some of them also require reference letters.

If you had already applied for these awards, you will need to go into the system again and update your application.

Please go to and login.


Let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing