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Biology

You can begin this program at an
off-campus site through a satellite campus or regional partner.

In a world where biodiversity, climate change and habitat loss increasingly make headlines, biologists today are presented with an array of exciting challenges and opportunities. Through examining the unique interactions between various forms of life — such as cells, parasites, pathogens, animals, plants and humans — our students gain unique perspectives on life and are equipped to help solve many of our world’s most complex issues. Being located in Saskatoon also gives our department a distinct advantage, as students can conduct research on boreal forest, taiga and aquatic environments nearby.


Program Options

Bachelor of Science - Biology

  • B.Sc. Four-year
  • B.Sc. Three-year
  • B.Sc. Honours
  • B.Sc. Double Honours
  • Minor

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What is Biology?

Biology today is the study of all living organisms and their relationships and interactions with other living organisms. Different biologists study different elements of Biology: genetics, cell biology, physiology, ecology, population biology, limnology, toxicology, conservation, behaviour, parasitology, development, etc. All of these learning and career opportunities are available to students in the Department of Biology at the University of Saskatchewan.

We have lectures to lay down the ground rules, laboratories to get your hands busy and field trips to get your feet wet! Additional options within your program can include courses from agriculture, commerce, environmental science, toxicology and paleobiology.

Biology: Is it for you?

  • The ‘Peoples' University’ is situated within walking distance of the beautiful South Saskatchewan River. Biologists can also take advantage of studying short-grass tundra, aspen parkland, boreal forest, taiga and tundra and aquatic environments by driving a short distance outside of Saskatoon.
  • The U of S campus is also home to numerous Provincial and Federal Government agencies: Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, the Plant Biotechnology Institute, National Research Council, Canadian Wildlife Service, National Hydrology Research Centre, Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Innovation Place with Saskatchewan Research Council, Bio Processing Centre and the Canadian Light Source synchroton. All of these facilities provide research opportunities for undergraduate research projects and graduate student research programs.
  • A weekly seminar series provides opportunities to hear prominent researchers from the U of S and across North America speak about their work - and also have your Systems and Integrative Biology questions answered.

Sample Classes

  • BIOL 120: The Nature of Life
    An introduction to the underlying fundamental aspects of living systems: covering cell biology, genetics and the evolutionary processes which lead to complex, multi-cellular life forms.
  • BIOL 228: An Introduction to Ecology and Ecosystems
    An introduction to ecological principles and the functioning of acquatic and terrestrial ecosystems. Community structure and dynamics, ecosystem production, populations, energy flow and material recycling will be considered.
  • BIOL 301: Critical Issues in Biology
    Examines the essential processes and principles of current, topical biological research. The course is designed to enhance the capacity to understand biological concepts, critically evaluate scientific work, develop logical and sound opinions and improve written and oral communication skills.

Career Opportunities

  • Biologist
  • Lab Technician
  • Forensic Scientist
  • Toxicologist
  • Environmental Services Manager
  • Conservationist
  • Wildlife Management Specialist
  • Research Biologist

Skill Sets Gained

  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data
  • Computer skills
  • Communication skills: written and/or oral
  • Critical and analytical thinking
  • Interpreting research findings
  • Laboratory skills
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Research skills and methods
  • Technical skills

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