Your future in Biological Sciences

Why study Biology as an undergraduate?

Biology is the study of life! The opportunities for exploration are as varied as the diversity of the biosphere. Investigate the control systems of plants and animals through work in cell biology. Explore the dynamics of natural systems through laboratory study and field trips to diverse habitats such as Westhawk Lake, the grasslands of the tall-grass prairie and the boreal forests of northern Manitoba. Explore the biodiversity of the planet and the evolutionary mechanisms behind this wealth of different organisms. Learn about the health and management of the environmental systems that sustain us all. Study the interactions of pathogens and parasites that affect many different plants and animals. These are just a few of the opportunities available to you when you choose to study in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

We offer 4-year Majors, 4-year Honours and 5-year Co-op degrees in a wide variety of biological areas. Our undergraduate programs offer specialization as well as flexibility in Biology, Botany, Ecology, Genetics and Zoology. An undergraduate degree in Biology may be used as the first step toward a number of professional programs such as pharmacy, medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry, physical, respiratory and occupational therapy as well as other areas of health science and education. The flexibility of our degrees allows students interested in secondary school education to have two teachable areas (biology and one other science or arts area).

The Department of Biological Sciences includes core courses in general biology, the diversity of fungi, algae, animals and plants, genetics, cell biology, physiology, ecology and evolution. We also offers courses in a wide variety of areas including invertebrate and vertebrate structure, animal and plant ecology and physiology, boreal ecology, molecular biology, mycology, entomology, developmental biology, limnology, ichthyology, ornithology, animal behaviour and mammalogy. Biological Sciences courses include lectures and laboratory study and sometimes involve field trips. Over 80 courses are available to undergraduate students. Our students also have the opportunity to take biology related course from outside the department in areas such as microbiology, biochemistry, agriculture, environmental science and human genetics; in fact, anywhere on campus!

We also offer a wide variety of minor-studies options for students interested in Biology but who are pursuing degrees in other areas. Please contact the Department for more information. For students at the undergraduate level interested in just a few courses in biology we have a wide variety of U1 courses available.

The department of Biological Sciences offers an integrated program of degree offerings in Biological Sciences. There are 5 themes developed for the proposed program including Integrative Biology; Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Environmental and Integrative Physiology; Evolution and Biodiversity; and Ecology and Environmental Biology. These opportunities provide increased flexibility for degree options in the biological sciences.

Important Dates

December 11 – December 21: Fall Term Exam Period (includes tests and midterm exams for Fall/Winter Term classes)

December 22 – January 1: Winter Holiday (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Austein Mcloughlin: “The development of RNA interference-based biotechnologies for the sustainable management of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum” — Thursday, December 14 at noon, 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Jennifer Sojka, MSc Defense: “Proximate and ultimate causes of personality in a non-aggressive, African ground squirrel” — Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Karen Dunmall PhD Oral Defense: “Pacific salmon in the Canadian Arctic Indicators of Change” — Tuesday, December 19 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Matthew Doering, PhD Proposal: “Adding spice to fungicides: Discovery of novel genes operating in specialised metabolite biosynthesis in Piper spp. (Piperaceae)” — Wednesday, December 20 at 11 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.