The Department of Biological Sciences is one of the largest and most scientifically diverse departments of its kind in Canada. Six Research Interest Groups with overlapping memberships (Ecology, Microbiology and Biotechnology, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Physiology and Cell Biology, Plant Biology, and Systematics and Evolution) provide expertise in all areas of biological sciences. We offer research-orientated, thesis-based graduate programs at both the MSc and PhD levels. Study programs are tailored individually to graduate student needs and emphasize interdisciplinary thinking. All students accepted into our MSc and PhD programs have guaranteed funding for 2.66 and 5 years, at rates of ~CDN$24,600 and ~CDN$25,305, respectively (rates increase each year). Teaching training is provided and is mandatory for all students on graduate teaching assistantships. With ~290 graduate students, >70 full-time faculty, excellent support facilities and ample research funding (totaling more than CDN$16 million in 2005), a vibrant and exciting learning environment is provided. Our students are highly productive, averaging 1.3 (MSc) and 5.6 (PhD) thesis-related refereed publications. They are also very successful in obtaining major scholarships and awards during their graduate programs: 81 currently hold major scholarships, with some holding more than one. Most of our graduates have found successful careers following graduation.