BIOL 4650

Biology and Society

(Lab Required) An exploration of the intersection of biology with society and the societal implications of research in areas such as genetics, biotechnology, ecology and evolution through lectures and tutorials. The course will examine how biological research is presented in the public sphere, and consider common public misunderstandings of the science. Students will examine some of the ethical issues that arise in the practice and application of biological sciences and develop skills in the communication and clarification of biological principles to the public. May not be held with BIOL 4890 when titled "Biology and Society". Prerequisites: One of BIOL 2500, BIOL 2501, PLNT 2520, the former BOTN 2460 or the former BOTN 2461 (C+), or permission of instructor. Students must be enrolled in third year (or higher) of a major or honours program in Biological Sciences, Biotechnology or Genetics.

Winter 2019 section

Lecture section

  • A01
    CRN: 56083
    Lecture Location: TBA
    Dates: January 07 – April 09
    Slot 6: 11:30 AM–12:20 PM, M.W.F.
    Tutorial Location: TBA
    Dates: January 07 – April 09
    Time: 2:30 PM–4:20 PM, M.

Important Date

June 4 – June 8: Convocation Ceremony (Fort Garry Campus)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: William Bugg, PhD. Proposal: “Effects of early rearing conditions on the transcriptome of Lake Sturgeon (Acipenser fulvescens)” — Wednesday, May 23 at 1 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Garett Allen, PhD Proposal: “Acid-base regulation in Stenohaline Osmoconforming Crustaceans” — Thursday, May 24 at 9 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Haoran Chen, PhD Proposal: “Nitrogen fixing plant evolution: the major factors affecting biological nitrogen fixation” — Friday, May 25 at 2 p.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Ashley Tripp, MSc. Defense: “Temperature and pCO2: single and combined effects of climate change parameters on acid-base regulation in Louisiana red swamp crayfish” — Monday, May 28 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.