Ecology and Conservation Biology

Ecology and conservation biology is the study organisms and their interactions with the environment with a particular focus on understanding the threats to and strategies for protecting organisms and their environment. The ecology and conservation biology major provides a wealth of experiential learning opportunities for students with computer labs, wet labs, field trips and field courses.


Ecology and Conservation Biology at Memorial

We offer various field courses in biology at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, located in Gros Morne National Park, as well as in Terra Nova National Park in eastern Newfoundland and at Memorial's Harlow Campus in England. Students taking this major will also have the opportunity to hone their quantitative skills with computer-based labs that offer training in geographic information systems, computer programming and statistical and mathematical modelling of biological data.

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


Sample Courses

BIOL 3295 - Population and Evolutionary Ecology
BIOL 3610 - Boreal Ecology
BIOL 4650 - Conservation Biology I: Conservation in Biology and Geography

Career Opportunities

  • Fisheries officer
  • Wildlife officer
  • Marine 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