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Biology, the science of life is concerned with the structure and function of organisms, their evolution and ecology. The Department of Biology offers undergraduate instruction in all the major fields of biology, with particular strength in cell and molecular biology, physiology, ecology and evolutionary biology.  While each specialized program in the Department of Biology centers on a prescribed core of courses, students have the opportunity to take a broad variety of elective courses so as to acquire an understanding of the multifaceted nature of biology today.

The Biology faculty includes accomplished and internationally renowned research scientists who are dedicated to helping students acquire critical learning, analytical and scientific skills. These skills provide students with a better understanding of the beauty, complexity and fragility of the natural world and facilitate engagement in informed discussions of scientific questions. Our goal is to provide students with an excellent well-rounded education in life sciences that can lead to fulfilling careers in industry, academia and government. We strive to inspire and engage our students through lectures, laboratory courses, field courses, and independent study programs. An important component of the undergraduate program in Biology for Honours students is the opportunity to do an Honours Thesis based on laboratory and/or field investigations under the supervision of a faculty member.

The Department of Biology is housed in three separate buildings on campus: Farquharson, Lumbers, and the Life Sciences Building (LSB). All first year and some second year laboratories are offered in the new LSB with state-of-the-art teaching laboratories.

This website is primarily for current students.  Prospective students should visit the Faculty of Science Future Students website.

Samuel Benchimol


Samuel Benchimol, PhD
Professor and Chair
Department of Biology