Carleton University’s Biology and Biochemistry programs are still running in Fall 2020 / Winter 2021, despite the COVID-19 situation. All Fall term courses will run in an online format, including lab-courses (lab format will vary from course to course).  Winter term course format will be announced when known.

The Department of Biology and Institute of Biochemistry are committed to delivering a high-quality educational experience to our students.

Course timetable information will be available in Carleton Central on June 8, 2020. For details about your specific timeticket, please refer to the Registrar’s Office registration website.

The following reference links will be updated as we receive new information:

A Message for Our Students

Fall and Winter 2020-21 FAQ

Fall and Winter 2020-21 Course Specific Details

Fall and Winter 2020-21 Undergraduate Thesis Information

Registration Tips for 2020-21

Information on non-BIOL and non-BIOC courses

A Message for Our Students

Dear Students,

As you are considering winter courses for the upcoming year, we understand you will have questions about how courses will run, especially those with laboratory, workshop and tutorial sections.  This letter is to let you know where you can find answers to your questions.

Biology and Biochemistry courses, including those with laboratories, workshops and tutorials, will proceed in the Winter term, however, all courses will be delivered in an on-line format.

You should register for courses as you normally would including selecting laboratory, workshop and tutorial sections as appropriate. Conflicts are not permitted even though we are proceeding on-line as class times may still be used for lectures and tests.

If you are considering taking fewer courses than normal make sure you are taking courses this year that you will need as prerequisites for next year.  If you have questions concerning your course selection, please contact your undergraduate advisor.

Unfortunately, laboratories and field work will not be face-to-face (traditional) due to health and safety concerns.  Safety of our students is our primary concern as we move forward and we will follow guidelines set by public health officials and the university. How our shift to on-line teaching affects course delivery and corresponding laboratory activities is course specific.  Lab coordinators have been working (very hard) to both move existing lab material to an on-line format, and to create on-line specific practical exercises for your courses.   Further information concerning on-line delivery of specific courses will be available on the Biology and Biochemistry websites once the course schedule is released.  We ask that you check the web site below before you email your course lab coordinator or instructor.

Information about our transition to on-line teaching for the Fall and Winter term can be found at:

If you are considering completing your undergraduate thesis, or a directed studies course, you will find information via the link above.  You are also encouraged to email your supervisor with specific questions.  At this time, arrangements are being made on a case-by-case basis for undergraduate thesis laboratory and field work. Your supervisor can provide you with more details.

We are available to help you.  Please remember that the easiest way to contact us to ask your questions is to simply email us at either –



Jeff Dawson (Biology Advisor)
Suzanne Paterson (Biochemistry Advisor)
Haiyun Bo (Biology/Biochemistry Undergraduate Administrator)
Sarah Anne Szabototh (Biology & Biochemistry Department/Institute Administrator)