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The Department of Biology is the hub of research and teaching related to living systems and environments, and how knowledge contributes to advances in environmental and medical biotechnology.

With undergraduate specializations in Environmental Science, Physiology, Psychology, Mathematics, Neuroscience, and Molecular Biology and Genetics, the Department offers students the ability to prepare for careers in scientific research, industry, and the public sector.

The curriculum, taught by award-winning faculty, helps to ensure that the undergraduate programs provide a stimulating experience in many areas of Biology.

Areas of Research

Bioinformatics & Functional Genomics

This research leverages the power of genomic and post-genomic technologies to address fundamentally important biological questions in a wide range of organisms.

Ecology and Evolution

Our research uses a host of approaches including molecular, quantitative methods, laboratory experimentation on organism development and physiology, population dynamics, genetic analyses as well as satellite imagery.

Environmental Physiology

This research area explores how cells and physiological systems respond to changes in their environment. Our environmental physiologists study a broad range of topics in a variety of vertebrate and invertebrate animals.

Genetics & Molecular Biology

Molecular biology is a fundamental area of investigative research in Biology that employs new technologies and experimental approaches to examine fundamental processes in all living organisms.

Cell & Development Biology

The cell and developmental biology laboratories are engaged in cutting edge research encompassing gene regulation, cancer biology, neuro systems, and reproductive system development and function.

Microbiology & Plant Biology

Research in microbiology and plant biology involves systems-level investigations into the genetics, biochemistry and physiology of plants, bacteria, and fungi.

Level 2 Programs

Familiarize yourself with some of the Level 2 Programs offered by the Department of Biology.


Honours Biology

Physiology Research Specialization


Honours Biology

Physiology Core


Virtually tour the following state-of-the-art labs and facilities of the Department of Biology.


Allure Lab

Burke Science Building


Cell Biology Lab

Burke Science Building


Biology Lab

Burke Science Building

Virtual 360 Video