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Program Highlights

Biology is the science of life. Students will study fundamental concepts of life and its different forms.  From simplest microbes to the highly complex animals and plants students will learn about their genetics, cellular and molecular biology, morphology (form) and physiology (function), as well as their developmental biology and their interactions and ecological importance in the environment. Students at the Mount enjoy a close knit community of students and faculty, small class sizes, and life in Halifax. View Biology courses »

Program Options (click here for a PDF of the department brochure)

Biology students will graduate with a BSc or a BSc Honours degree after four years of study. Biology may also be taken as a combined major, concentration or minor. You will have obtained a solid background in natural sciences such as chemistry and physics, and have developed transferable skills such analytical and scientific thinking and problem solving, analysis and interpretation of data sets, summarizing these data sets and results in concise report writing and verbal presentations. Visit the complete program description »

  • Honours Students: Before committing to a field of specialization and starting a thesis project, you will have the opportunity to conduct directed research projects with Mount faculty to get better insight in the field of research. Areas of specialization in research groups at the Mount include plant biology, animal science and microbial biology. Read more »

The Benefit of Small Classes

First and second year biology classes are limited to 50 students in lectures and seminars; student laboratory courses are limited to 20 or fewer students. Small class sizes at the Mount ensure our faculty are able to get to know your individual requirements, personal interests and long-term goals. Because we get to know our students, letters of recommendation and references are often provided by faculty for students as they go on to pursue future study or opportunities.

Modern Laboratory Facilities 

Modern, recently renovated teaching and research laboratories give Biology students the opportunity to develop and train their hands-on research skills in many course related laboratory modules and directed research projects. State of the art and nationally funded research facilities allow students with interest in plant biology, fungal ecology and vertebrate biology to develop directed research projects into thesis research required to obtain their BSc or BSc Honors degree.

Your future in Biology

Upon graduation, you'll gain skills highly valued and utilized in industry and business settings beyond life and biomedical sciences. You'll be prepared for graduate and professional programs leading to careers in Animal and Human Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Aquaculture, Agriculture and Forestry, as well as in secondary and post-secondary education.