Biology field work at Fundy Research Station.

Biology is the scientific study of living things — their form, function, origin, and behavior. Disciplines include cell biology, ecology, genetics and evolution, and animal and plant diversity.
Program overview

Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree options:  

The Department of Biology at Mount Allison strives to provide students with opportunities for hands-on learning, including research and laboratory experience.

First-year courses include studies of introductory organismal and cell biology, as well as biochemistry. In second year, material divides into ecology, genetics and evolution, statistics, and a series of form and function courses.

Upper-year courses allow students to explore topics such as:

  • marine biology
  • aquaculture
  • developmental biology
  • applied genetics
  • environmental microbiology
  • ornithology
  • animal and human physiology
  • applied and theoretical ecology

Faculty are actively involved in research, and there are many opportunities for students to participate in research through faculty-supervised independent research projects during summers or during academic terms.

Research opportunities in the Department of Biology at Mount Allison include:

  • phytoplankton physiology and ecology
  • neurophysiology
  • environmental animal physiology
  • fish ecology
  • molecular genetics
  • marine botany
  • field ecology
  • ornithology

Find a list of specific biology courses in the academic calendar – biology.

NEW! Undergraduate certificates

Undergraduate certificates are open to Mount Allison students in any program of study. Certificates (12-18 credits) are taken during your Mount Allison degree, and must be combined with a major/degree program. Certificates available in the field of biology:

  • Certificate in Biopsychology
    Includes courses in biology and psychology providing students with foundational knowledge about the physiological basis for behaviour. 
  • Certificate in Foundations of Health
    Provides students with foundational knowledge about the biological and psychological bases of health and health care — beneficial to students planning a career in health care, including medicine, nursing, allied health care professions, health policy, and biomedical research. 

Not sure about the difference between a major, a minor, an honours, and a certificate?

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