Program Highlights

Biology is the science of life. You will study fundamental concepts of life and its different forms, from simple microbes to highly complex animals and plants. Through lessons carefully planned by experienced faculty, you will learn about genetics, cellular and molecular biology, morphology (form) and physiology (function), development, and ecology. As a Mount student, you will also enjoy a close-knit community of students and faculty, small class sizes, and life in Halifax. View Biology courses »

Program Options

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For a guide showing typical course routes click here. 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 develop a solid background in natural sciences such as chemistry and physics as well as transferable skills like:

  • Analytical and scientific thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Analysis and interpretation of data sets
  • Summarizing data and communicating results through written reports or verbal presentations

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Interested in Honours?

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 »

**Application deadline for admission to honours 2021-2022: March 1, 2021**

For more information, contact Dr. Mirwais Qaderi: Mirwais.Qaderi@msvu.ca

The Benefit of Small Classes

Building relationships with you, our students, is important to us. We keep class sizes small to help you pursue your goals in Biology by getting to know your individual requirements, personal interests and scientific questions. This is especially critical when it is time to provide letters of recommendation and references as you go on to pursue future study or opportunities.

Modern Laboratory

Modern, recently renovated research laboratories provide you the opportunity to develop your hands-on research skills in many laboratory modules and directed research projects. State of the art and nationally-funded research facilities allow you to explore the areas of plant biology, fungal ecology and vertebrate biology in directed research projects and thesis research required to obtain your BSc or BSc Honours degree.

Your future in Biology

By graduation, you will have developed skills that are highly valued in industry and business settings. You will 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.