Queen's University Biology

Departmental Student Council

Second Year

BIOL 201: Diversity of life I
My favourite course so far at Queen’s! It made me really fall in love with plants. Dr. Eckert taught the first six weeks of the course and Dr. Aarssen taught the next six weeks. The topics of the first six weeks included: Protista, Bacteria, Algae and Fungi. During the last six weeks we were immersed in the reproductive lives of PLANTS. The lectures were great with lots of figures and examples that made things more interesting. I also found the labs very useful and enjoyed my time during them. The lab grade consisted of two lab practicals that were not difficult if you went to the labs and took basic notes.
BIOL 202: Diversity of Life II
I really enjoyed biology 202. The course material was very interesting and it felt more like you were learning a bunch of fun facts. The lab portion of the course was very well organized and also worked well into what we were learning in the lecture. The tests were sometimes a bit tricky as the questions were fairly specific. However, they were not impossibly hard. Overall I have to say that this course was my favourite class in second year.​ 

Biology 202 was an extremely interesting look at animal diversity. The material was interesting and the profs engaging. The lab component for the course was an amazing opportunity for plenty of hands on experience. Every week in the labs we dissected a new animal that we had been learning about in lecture that week. These animals ranged anywhere from worms to pigeons and rats and gave great practical learning experience.
BIOL 205: Molecular Genetics
In my year Biology 205 was taught by Drs. Chin-Sang and Bendena. I found the lab portion of the course to be useful in teaching me how to write a proper formal Biology lab report. The lab assignments were broken up into sections (ie. Introduction) which were all peer-reviewed before the full report was due, and this was a useful way to learn how to write an effective report. In the labs we also began to use D. melanogaster for small experiments, and it was nice to learn more lab techniques. I found the course material to be slightly related but mostly seperate from the lab material, and I thought that Biol 205 was taught in a manner that was comprehensive, and that the online midterm and final were very fair in relation to the course mate
BIOL 206: Evolutionary Genetics

The workload and assessments for this class was fair. There is no final exam, which is nice! Pay attention to the learning objectives while studying.

BIOL 243: Introduction to Statistics 

This course teaches you how to properly excel and R, which is useful for other classes. The exam was easy, but come prepared to tutorials or you will fall behind.