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Environmental Biology

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

This interdisciplinary program examines ecosystems, focussing on how living organisms interact with their environment. A major in Environmental Biology will accommodate many student interests and aspirations, including a career in environmental science or as preparation for more advanced study.


Program Options

Bachelor of Science - Environmental Biology

  • B.Sc. Four-year
  • B.Sc. Honours

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What is Environmental Biology?

Students completing this program will gain a comprehensive understanding of the basic science of environmental biology and ecological theory. They will graduate with technical skills, and will be articulate and knowledgeable about the complex environmental issues facing our society.  Areas of emphasis are biodiversity, conservation, ecological processes, environmental contamination, and other aspects of applied ecology. 

Opportunities are provided for students to pursue their own particular interests through senior electives. Courses from other disciplines are used to supplement those in Biology. The program culminates in a senior course taught by faculty researchers in environmental biology. Students will apply their interdisciplinary knowledge to current environmental issues in Biology, while refining communication and analytical skills and developing a sense of community.

The Honours program allows for a more in-depth training and places an emphasis on field studies and original research by the student. We invite you to contact the Department of Biology for further information.

Environmental Biology: Is it for you?

  • The University of Saskatchewan 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 and taiga and tundra 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.

Sample Classes

  • 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.
  • TOX 301: Environmental Toxicology
    A discussion of major environmental pollutants, their sources, interactions with atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic systems, exposure of people, animals and other biota, and their dose-response relationships. Some of the physical and chemical changes induced in the environment by pollutants, contaminant fate and transport, and bioremediation are also discussed.
  • BIOL 410: Current Perspectives in Environmental Biology
    Consists of modules taught by faculty in the environmental sciences. Students will participate together in weekly seminars, assigned readings, essays and oral presentations to learn about current issues in the environment and cutting-edge research with an environmental focus.

Career Opportunities

  • Hydrologist
  • Wildlife Biologist
  • Ecologist
  • Forester
  • Biological/Agricultural Technician
  • Conservation Officer
  • Environmental Technician/officer
  • Policy Analyst

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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