Our department offers a broad suite of courses to suit the interests of our diverse student body. After successful completion of our first-year introductory courses, Biology majors take a set of four core courses designed to provide a strong foundation in the fundamentals of Cell Biology (BIOL 2060), Genetics (BIOL 2250), Ecology (BIOL 2600), and Evolution (BIOL 2900). Following second year, biology majors complete a minimum of eight (8) Biology electives, while our honours students complete a minimum of fourteen (14) Biology electives. Students are encouraged to select courses that pique their own interests, and we offer a suite of optional concentrations which are designed to aid students in selecting courses which share a common biological theme.
Our students must also complete one physiology course in their third or fourth year; students may choose to study animal, plant, or microbial physiology.
While the majority of our undergraduate courses take place on the St. John's campus, students are encouraged to take advantage of Biology field courses offered at Memorial University’s Bonne Bay Marine Station and the Harlow Campus. The Bonne Bay Marine Station is located within Gros Morne National Park, a World Heritage Site, on Newfoundland's west coast. It offers students unique opportunities to study marine and terrestrial science. Memorial University’s Harlow Campus, located in Essex, England, offers students the opportunity to live and study in England. Our courses at Harlow focus on vertebrate diversity and applied biology and include visits to the London and Whipsnade Zoos, the Natural History Museum in London, vertebrate collections at Cambridge University, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds conservation and restoration sites, and the John Innes Centre in Norwich.
Following links on the left of this page you will find links to courses being offered by the Department of Biology in the current academic year, a complete list of courses offered by the department, information on our Bonne Bay and Harlow campus field courses, and a current list of our special topics courses.