Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

Program description

Biology is the study of life as it has evolved and is evolving on earth. All aspects of life are examined, from molecular processes inside cells, to large scale ecological interactions between organisms in their environment, and how the changing environment shapes these interactions.

Program options

Degree options

B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Biological Sciences – 4 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Honours in Biological Sciences (Co-op) – 5 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Biological Sciences – 4 years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, Major in Biological Sciences (Co-op) – 5 years
B. Sc. Biological Sciences Focus General Degree - 3 Years
B. Sc. Bachelor of Science, General – 3 years

Interesting courses and unique opportunities

Interesting courses

  • Vascular Flora of Manitoba
  • Biology of Mammals
  • Medicinal and Hallucinogenic Plants
  • Genes and Development
  • Principles of Ecology


  • Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology
  • Environmental and Integrative Physiology
  • Evolution and Biodiversity
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Integrative Biology

Co-op options
Co-op options available both locally and nationally in government, private industry and research facilities.

Professional opportunities

  • Department of Fisheries and Oceans
  • Environment Canada
  • Parks Canada
  • Manitoba Conservation
  • Environmental consulting (e.g. Ducks Unlimited)

Note: a Biological Sciences degree can also be used as a stepping stone to professional programs such as Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, Dentistry, and Education, or to further opportunities in research through graduate programs at the University of Manitoba (in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, and Medicine).

Admission Requirements

Visit the Science Direct Entry (high school applicants) or Advanced Entry (post-secondary applicants) application for admission page to learn more about admission requirements, application dates and how to apply.



What is unique about this program at the U of M?

The number of different course offerings and diverse array of research conducted by faculty members makes the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Manitoba unique in Manitoba. Local, national and international collaborations by faculty members in the Department of Biological Sciences provides an integrated and relevant approach to world problems today. The breadth in research expertise provides teaching excellence in areas of biological science including gene regulation and development, microscopy, evolution, environmental physiology, animal behaviour, food web dynamics, invertebrate biology and population ecology. The Biological Science program at the University of Manitoba allows students to specialize in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology; Environmental and Integrative Physiology; Evolution and Biodiversity; and Ecology and Environmental Biology and the unique integrative theme allows students to utilize courses in both Biological Sciences and Microbiology.

Important Links

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