Biology is the scientific study of living things — their form, function, origin, and behavior. Disciplines include cell biology, ecology, genetics and evolution, and animal and plant diversity.
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree options: BSc honours or major; Any degree, minor
The Department of Biology at Mount Allison is committed to providing students with opportunities for hands-on learning, as well as research and laboratory experience.
First-year courses include studies of evolution, ecology, human biology, and cell biology, as well as biochemistry.
Upper-year courses allow students to explore topics such as:
- marine biology
- animal biology
- plant biology
Faculty are actively involved in research and students are strongly encouraged to participate in research through faculty-supervised independent research projects during summers or during academic terms.
Research opportunities in the Department of Biology at Mount Allison include:
- phytoplankton physiology
- environmental animal physiology
- fish ecology
- molecular genetics
- marine botany
- field ecology
Find a list of specific biology courses in the academic calendar – biology.
Popular career paths for biology graduates include:
- food scientist technologist
- product development specialist
- quality control analyst
- wildlife/aquatic biologist
- vaccine development specialist
- health policy analyst
- environmental health specialist
- museum/aquarium administrator
- medical professional
“One of the very best things about the biology program at Mount
Allison would have to be the enthusiasm of all of the professors. The
willingness of these professionals to help students as well as to accept
input for continued program improvement certainly creates a dynamic
learning environment. I have had professors who are so excited to be
teaching a particular course in their area of expertise that they
literally cannot stay still while lecturing! With this infectious
enthusiasm it’s almost impossible to not become passionate about the
courses you’re enrolled in.”
Biology, minor in sociology (’14)
“One of my favourite things about this program is the opportunities available for research. I think that in my undergraduate degree it is very important to be doing science and not just learning about it, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to do actual research projects in my third year. It’s really amazing to think that you are testing something that no one else has tried, and that your findings can contribute to the larger science community.”
Honours biology, minor in biochemistry (’14)
Hammonds Plains, NS
- The Harold Crabtree Aqualab: Centre for Aquatic Sciences
The Aqualab is a state-of-the art aquatic facility marrying field-based aquatic research with lab-based studies reflecting real-world environmental conditions. The Aqualab gives us a unique opportunity to understand how aquatic animals cope with ecologically relevant changes in temperature, salinity, oxygen and exposure to contaminants. Moreover, it provides a fertile training facility for students, faculty, and visiting scientists.
- Digital Microscopy Facility
The Digital Microscopy Facility (DMF) houses microscopy and microanalysis instrumentation which is available for use by Mount Allison faculty and students, and includes a scanning electron microscope, an energy dispersive spectrometry (EDS) system, and a 3D printer, among other equipment.
- Molecular biology labs
Molecular biology labs allow activities such as large scale liquid culturing (and concentrating) of either bacteria or algae, imaging of agarose gels, polyacrylamide gels, and western blots, quantitative PCR and protein, DNA and RNA extractions.
It's easy to get involved outside the classroom with these student-run clubs and societies:
- Atlantic Wildlife Institute MtA
- Biology Society
- Health Care Outreach MtA
- Women in Science
Dr. Vett Lloyd
One of Canada's leading tick and Lyme disease researchers, founder of the Mount Allison Lyme Research Network, Paul Paré Medal of Excellence recipient