Biology

Why study Biology?

Study the science of life itself. Find out why living organisms are the way they are, and how they came to be that way. Biology includes a vast array of sub-disciplines, including ecology, genetics, behaviour, physiology, anatomy, taxonomy and developmental and population biology.


The Saint Mary’s approach

In studying Biology, you’ll develop research experience and skills in analytical reasoning, critical thinking, scientific analysis, problem-solving and interpersonal communication.

The Biology program is built on a foundation of student involvement. With dynamic professors, newly renovated teaching and lab facilities and small class sizes, our students learn and work in an engaging atmosphere that encourages practical experience in the field. You can also choose optional course tracks in Pre-Health Sciences or Ecology and Evolution and a co-op work program.


Hands-on learning

Our faculty members are internationally recognized for their research in fields such as genetics, ecology, zoology and plant science. Professors often invite undergrads to assist with ongoing research, experience that is highly-valued by grad schools and future employers. Students can also work as research or teaching assistants and can pursue their own research through our Biology honours degree program. You can also benefit from taking part in an active student society, international field course offerings and partnerships for study abroad programs.

Sample courses offered:

  • Animal Developmental Biology
  • Population Genetics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Integrative Vertebrate Physiology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology

Future career opportunities:

  • Biologist
  • Conservation officer
  • Geneticist
  • Dietician
  • Lab technician
  • Environmental consultant
  • Entry into medical or law programs

What our students are saying:


March 2013 featured student profileBiology and Chemistry major Henry Annan first-authored a published research paper by the time he was in third year. He also received many scholarships and awards, including the prestigious 2013 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada's Undergraduate Student Research Award (NSERC-USRA).

Henry says the best thing about being a student at Saint Mary's is "that you are part of a diverse and friendly community of students, and the professors are always helpful and supportive."