2016-2017 Academic Year

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Chair

Ron MacKay, BSc (UPEI), MSc, PhD (Dalhousie), Assistant Professor

Biology, the scientific study of life, introduces students to major concepts in the areas of genetics, cell biology, physiology, neuroscience, ecology, evolution and diversity of organisms. The program encourages critical thinking and problem solving. Students will have opportunities to conduct independent research with faculty members and learn various laboratory techniques and scientific writing.

Career paths are many and include those in health professions, research, environmental science, journalism, library science, biotechnology, education and conservation biology. 

Students are advised that a basic knowledge of chemistry is recommended for all biology courses. Any student wishing to major or minor in biology should consult a biology faculty member who will help the student plan an academic program.

Admission Requirements

Review sections 2.1.4 Admission Requirements and 2.1.6 Additional Admission Requirements.

Major
Combined Major
Honours Degree
Concentration
Minor

Major

The degree with a major is intended for those students with a clearly focused interest who wish to gain knowledge in depth of a single discipline.

Students intending to complete the major degree must declare their intention to do so before they register for their sixth unit of coursework. Students who do not make this declaration within this time frame will not be permitted to register for further coursework.

The Mount also offers a limited enrollment internship option.

Students must successfully complete 20.0 units with the following requirements:
a minimum of 8.0 and a maximum of 10.0 units in the major as follows:
 BIOL 1152, 1153, 2240, and 3312
 1.0 unit selected from BIOL 2203, 2204, 2207
 1.0 unit selected from BIOL 3309, 3310, 3322
 BIOL 3370 or 3372
 2.5 additional units of BIOL at the 2000 level or above
Note: BIOL 2201 and 2202 may not be used to fulfill the requirements for a major in biology
 1.0 additional units of BIOL at the 3000 level or above
 a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the required 8.0 units of BIOL
CHEM 1011, 1012, and 2401
MATH 1113, 2208, and 2209

a minor consisting of 3.0 units in a science field (Applied Statistics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics or designated Applied Human Nutrition courses) as specified by the department offering the minor. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units
students may choose a second 3.0 unit minor in any area that offers a minor or up to 2.5 additional units of arts or science electives
1.0 unit from each core group A, B, and C listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)
(exclusive of the major): 
 Core A - Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)
Note: Core A is fulfilled by CHEM/MATH requirement)
 Core B - Social Sciences (1.0 unit)
 Core C - Humanities (1.0 unit)
at least 9.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above 
Note: No more than 4.0 units from professional areas may be counted toward the degree. Courses included in the Applied Human Nutrition science minor will not be counted as professional electives.


Special Studies
Students may count a maximum of 4.0 units of directed/independent/research studies courses in a Bachelor of Science (Major), with no more than 2.0 units in any single discipline.

Major Certificate

Students who have graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Science (General Studies) degree may apply to do a major certificate. Students must fulfill the requirements for the major degree listed above.

Combined Major

The combined major degree is intended for those students who wish to gain in-depth knowledge of two disciplines. Students must declare a major or combined major before registering for their sixth unit of coursework. Students who do not make this declaration within this time frame will not be permitted to register for further coursework.

The Mount also offers a limited enrollment internship option.

Students must successfully complete 20.0 units. In order to complete a combined major in Biology, the following requirements must be met:
a minimum of 6.0 units and a maximum of 8.0 units in the Biology combined major as follows:
BIOL 1152, 1153, and 2240
1.0 unit selected from BIOL 2203, 2204, 2207
1.0 unit selected from BIOL 3309, 3310, 3322
BIOL 3370 or 3372
1.5 additional units of BIOL at the 2000 level or above
0.5 additional units of BIOL at the 3000 level or above
CHEM 1011, 1012, and 2401 
MATH 2208

a second combined major specified by another program (Canadian Studies, Chemistry, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, Family Studies, French, Gerontology, History, Mathematics, Political Studies, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology, Women’s Studies)
a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in the required 6.0 units of each combined major
at least 5.0 units of the 12.0 units overall required for the combined majors must be at the 3000 level or above
1.0 unit from each core group A, B, and C listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)
(inclusive of the majors):
Core A - Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)
Note: Core A is fulfilled by CHEM/MATH requirement) 
Core B - Social Sciences (1.0 unit)
Core C - Humanities (1.0 unit)
at least 9.0 units of the total 20.0 units must be at the 2000 level or above 
Note: No more than 4.0 units from professional areas may be counted toward the degree. Courses included in the Applied Human Nutrition science minor will not be counted as professional electives. 

Students wishing to combine an arts major and a science major (e.g. Chemistry and English or Biology and Political Studies): 
must meet all of the requirements listed above 
and 
  ♦to complete a BSc (Combined Major) primary science discipline plus secondary arts discipline
  ❏ must complete a minimum 12.0 units of the total 20.0 units in science disciplines
  ♦to complete a BA (Combined Major) primary arts discipline plus secondary science discipline
  ❏ must complete a minimum 12.0 units of the total 20.0 units in arts disciplines

 

Honours Degree

The honours degree option is available to students who wish to study a single discipline in depth, usually with post-graduate study as a goal.  

Students wishing to do an honours degree must apply in writing to the departmental Honours Coordinator. Application may be made after successful completion of 10.0 units of study. Minimum requirements for honours program entry are an average GPA of 3.0 in biology courses and the agreement of a faculty member to supervise the thesis. Approval of the department is necessary for a student to be accepted into the honours program.

The Mount also offers a limited enrollment internship option.

Students must successfully complete 20.0 units with the following requirements:
a minimum of 10.0 and a maximum of 12.0 units in the honours subject as follows:
 BIOL 1152, 1153, 2240, and 3312
 1.0 unit selected from BIOL 2203, 2204, 2207 
 1.0 unit selected from BIOL 3309, 3310, 3322
 BIOL 3370 or 3372
 BIOL 3999
 BIOL 4499
 2.5 additional units of BIOL at the 2000 level or above Note: BIOL 2201 and 2202
may not be used to fulfill the requirements for the honours in biology
1.5 additional units of BIOL at the 3000 level or above
CHEM 1011, 1012, 2401, and 3501
MATH 1113, 2208, and 2209
a minor consisting of 3.0 units in a science field (Applied Statistics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Psychology, Statistics or designated Applied Human Nutrition courses) as specified by the department offering the minor. Students must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 in the required 3.0 units
1.0 unit from each core group A, B, and C listed under the Bachelor of Arts (General Studies)
(exclusive of the honours subject):
 Core A - Sciences & Mathematics (1.0 unit)
Note: Core A is fulfilled by CHEM/MATH requirement)
 Core B - Social Sciences (1.0 unit)
 Core C - Humanities (1.0 unit) 
obtain a minimum GPA of 3.0 and a grade of at least C- in 10.0 units of the required BIOL honours courses 
achieve a minimum of B- in the honours thesis
obtain an overall GPA of 3.0 or better in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken 
Note: No more than 4.0 units from professional areas may be counted toward the degree. Courses included in the Applied Human Nutrition science minor will not be counted as professional electives.
Note: First-class honours will be awarded to students who maintain a GPA of 3.5 or better in 10.0 units in the honours subject and no grade below B- in all courses counted for the degree beyond the first 5.0 units taken.  

  

Honours Certificate

Students who have graduated from Mount Saint Vincent University with a Bachelor of Science degree with major in biology may apply to do an honours certificate. Students must fulfill the requirements for the honours degree listed above and meet the University regulations regarding honours certificates. 

Concentration
To obtain a concentration in Biology, students must fulfill the following requirements: 
BIOL 1152 and 1153
0.5 units selected from BIOL 2203, 2204, 2207

2.5 additional units of BIOL at the 2000 level or above, of which at least 1.0 unit must be at the 3000 level or above

 

Minor
To obtain a minor in Biology, students must fulfill the following requirements:
BIOL 1152 and 1153
2.0 additional units of BIOL

 

 

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