Basic Semesterly Requirements
ALL students must be registered into UNIV*7510 (Active Full-time Registration) during course selection before the start of every semester. For thesis students (M.Sc./Ph.D.), the course UNIV*7500 (Research/Writing) must also be enrolled at this time - this differentiates for the registrar's office whether you are a coursework or thesis student. You do this using Webadvisor; if you have additional questions the useful 'Ask Gryph' should help.
Course Requirements for Completing your Degree Program
In addition, upon entering your graduate program, a course titled UNIV*7100 (Academic Integrity) will be automatically added to your CourseLink. This short online course aims to teach or refresh the University's policies on academic misconduct, with added relevance to graduate school. A quiz must be completed and scored above a certain percentage at the end of the course for completion. This zero credit course must be completed before the 20th day of class.
Course requirements for the M.Sc. by Thesis
Course requirements for the M.Sc. by Coursework
The courses run by our department are listed in the Graduate Calendar here, but note that you can take courses offered by other departments too.
Course requirements for the Ph.D.
Ph.D. students do not have to take any courses for credit, although your Advisory Committee may recommend that you do if it will help your research.
However, Ph.D. students do have to take the following two zero credit courses:
- ANSC*6620 (Scientific Communication) and ANSC*6630 (Proposal and Professional Development)
- If you want to make a head start on ANSC*6630, you can start writing your thesis proposal, with guidance from your advisor, or a literature review for your thesis; you can also do some or all of the 8 hours of professional development needed for this course the semester beforehand.
Ph.D. candidates also have to take a Qualifying Exam.
Other Essential Training for your Research
Safety Training (Radioactive, WHMIS, Biohazardous materials, etc.)
You may need to attend and complete sessions and/or workshops and earn certifications before working with radioactive or biohazardous materials in your laboratory. Certain workplaces also require you to complete WHMIS training before conducting any work. These classes are provided by the Department of Environmental Health & Safety here at the University and can be registered via the Online Course Registration page. Keep in mind that spaces are limited for many of these courses.
Animal Care Short Courses
If at any time during your program you will be handling any live animals as part of your study, you must be knowledgeable about aspects of animal welfare and handling. You must take online modules in basic animal ethics, and species-specific workshops, before you can be added to your advisor's Animal Use Protocol (AUP). And if you are not on an AUP, you cannot legally work with animals.
Direct handling of specific species will thus require you to complete a workshop in addition to Animal User Training core modules. Registration is done via Event Link; you will require your own login account, which can be made here. Students may register and can find more information through Animal Care Services.
Note: species workshops do not take place regularly, therefore it is recommended that you register and plan well in advance to make yourself available on the chosen dates.
Mandatory courses aside, there is much scope for additional training in everything from public speaking to handling mental health crises: for more information please see our Professional Development page.