Welcome Undergraduates

Biology is the science of the 21st century and at the forefront of stunning advances in our understanding of life processes, ranging from genome discoveries to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystems. The Department of Biology offers courses in a broad range of foundational and contemporary biological topics, and programs that can be tailored to meet individual interests. We emphasize hands-on, laboratory-based learning experiences in all of our undergraduate courses. Our degree programs promote critical skills development and provide exciting opportunities for sophisticated learning of fundamental principles and contemporary approaches to the science of life.

Students graduating with a degree in Biology are well suited for a wide range of careers - in education, applied research or biomedical sciences to name just a few. Biology is an excellent choice for students interested in gaining entrance to a health science program, including medicine, dentistry, nursing, and veterinary medicine. Our faculty conduct first-rate research over the entire biological spectrum and have particular strengths in integrating across all levels of biological organization. We are enthusiastic about our undergraduate teaching and actively encourage students to engage with us in our research. The Honours program is specifically designed to provide students with preparation for more advanced graduate level training in Biology or a related discipline.

A Major in Biology

The three degree programmes in Biology are:

  • B.Sc. Three-year - a sound introduction to the major areas of biology. This degree is perfect for students going on into a  professional program such as medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, optometry, law or education.
  • B.Sc. Four-year - allows students to develop a biology programme to suit their interests further to the major areas of biology. This degree is perfect as an entry level. 
  • B.Sc. Honours - for students who meet the required academic standing and wish to follow a more intensive schooling in selected areas of biology. This degree is perfect from which to move into higher education in the form of a Master or Doctoral degree.

Students may pursue an interdisciplinary degree programme such as Biotechnology, Environmental Studies, Toxicology or Paleobiology of which biology is a major component.