Biology is the study of life and of living organisms, including their structure, function, growth, origin, evolution and distribution. Within the biology program a student can specialize in areas such as cellular, developmental and molecular biology and physiology, genetics and evolution, marine biology, and conservation and ecology.

Biology at Memorial

We offer various field courses in biology at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, located near Gros Morne National Park, as well as in Terra Nova National Park in eastern Newfoundland and at Memorial’s Harlow Campus in England. Our programs offer tremendous field and laboratory research opportunities for undergraduate students.

Undergraduates in our Biology program have opportunities to become involved in laboratory research, such as through the Memorial Undergraduate Career Experience Program (MUCEP) and the NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (URSA) program.

In addition to the major and honours options in biology, joint programs are offered in:

  • behavioural neuroscience/biology (B.Sc. honours)
  • biochemistry/cell biology (B.Sc. honours)
  • biology/geology (B.Sc. honours)
  • biology/psychology (B.Sc. honours)
  • biology/statistics (B.Sc. honours)

A minor in biology is also available.

The Department of Biology offers a co-operative education option available to biology majors. Admission to the co-op option is competitive for a limited number of places.

Sample Courses

BIOL 2250 - Principles of Genetics
BIOL 2900 - Principles of Evolution and Systematics
BIOL 4404 - Microbial Physiology


Career Opportunities

  • Fisheries Officer
  • Wildlife Officer
  • Marine or Aquaculture Biologist
  • Bio or Medical Technologist
  • Horticulturist
  • Science Teacher
  • Veterinarian

Note: some of these careers may call for supplementary education or preparation in the form of graduate studies, experiential learning or professional courses and exams.


Program Information

Faculty of Science




Bachelor of Science


St. John's

Honours Option:


Co-op Available:



4 years


Fall, winter and spring semesters

Application Deadline:

Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Students are encouraged to apply by:

  • March 1 for fall admission
  • Oct. 1 for winter admission
  • Feb. 1 for spring admission

Supplementary Application:



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230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000