The Biology Major programs provide students with a broad background in both fundamental and advanced topics in the Biological Sciences. The core of our program rests on central concepts in Genetics, Ecology, Evolution, and Cellular and Molecular biology. Our upper-year courses expand on these fundamentals, branching into more advanced topics in many areas of current Biological research. 

Working with our Academic Program Officer, students are encouraged to design a path to graduation guided by their own interests. To aid our students in setting their path we offer a selection of concentrations meant to highlight key broad areas of study within Biology:

Our department is home to award-winning faculty with research interests in all areas of biology. Our faculty frequently collaborate with researchers in Biochemistry, Medicine, Geography, Earth Science, Ocean Science, Computer Science, Mathematics & Statistics, and Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology (Psychology), offering many opportunities for interdisciplinary research and learning.

Within each area of study, our students gain practical, hands-on experience in both laboratory and field settings. In addition to offering courses in our classrooms and state-of-the-art teaching laboratories in the new Core Science Facility, our courses also take advantage of the resources offered by Memorial University’s network of campuses and facilities. We use the local Botanical Gardens for field labs, and offer summer field courses at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, located in Gros Morne National Park, and at Memorial’s Harlow Campus in England.

Our program also includes a Co-Operative (Co-Op) education option; this competitive program includes 3 work-term placements in positions relating to the field of Biology.

Regardless of your chosen path, our major programs train students in the skills necessary to work within the discipline of Biology and to pursue careers in a broad range of areas, including education, environmental conservation, government, industry, medicine and related health professions.

For additional information on our undergraduate programs, please consult the menu to the left.