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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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 2025-2026: March 1, 2025**

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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 by getting to know your personal interests and scientific questions.

Modern Laboratory

State of the art and nationally-funded research facilities allow you to explore the areas of plant biology, fungal ecology and vertebrate biology in research projects required to obtain your degree.

Your future in Biology

By graduation you will be prepared careers in Animal and Human Health Sciences, Biotechnology, Environmental Sciences, Aquaculture, Agriculture and Forestry, and education.