Biology Program

Why study Biology?

To study the science of life itself! You will learn all about living systems—from their fundamental cellular and molecular operation to how whole organisms function and interact with their environment. Biology includes a vast array of sub-disciplines, including ecology, genetics, physiology, anatomy, evolution, and developmental biology.

The Saint Mary’s approach

In studying Biology, you’ll develop 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 lab and field.

Hands-on learning

Our faculty members have active graduate and undergraduate research programs in genetics, ecology, behavior, evolution, physiology, and plant science. Professors often invite undergrads to assist with ongoing research, providing an experience that is highly valued by graduate schools and future employers. Students can also work as research or teaching assistants and have the opportunity to pursue their own research through our Biology honours degree program. In addition, Biology students can apply for professional experience through the Co-operative Education program. Students also benefit from taking part in an active student society, field course offerings, and study-abroad programs

Sample courses offered:

  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Organismal and Ecological Biology
  • Genetics
  • Plant Biology
  • Ecology
  • Vertebrate Anatomy and PhysiologyEvolutionary BiologyBiostatistics
  • Microbiology
  • Biology of Cancer

Future career opportunities:

  • Wildlife conservation officer
  • Geneticist
  • Laboratory technician
  • Environmental consultant
  • Science policy advisor
  • Science communication
  • Entry into professional programs, including patent law and health sciences
  • Entry into graduate school

What our students are saying:

Student in white lab coat - arms crossed

Biology and Chemistry graduate Henry Annan BSc'14, first-authored a published research paper by the time he was in his third year. He also received many scholarships and awards, including the prestigious 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."


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