Biology (M.Sc.)

From the big picture to the microscopic, set your sights on understanding the natural world around you.

Overview

With a wide range of options, you can direct your ideal career path and choose to study any living thing, from humans to viruses.

Biology studies the science of life. This includes all organisms from the microscopic to whole communities of plants and animals.

Available to both full-time and part-time students, the program is a combination of thesis and course work.

Work to solve important issues in your area of interest, such as disease management and research, natural resource management and conservation, public health, animal care, impacts of pollution on the environment and organisms.

Key Features

Prepare for a career in research, government, or industry with a Master of Science in Biology.
Diverse degree specializations open up many career choices and opportunities.
Apply knowledge of the world around you to solve modern issues in the environment, public health, and disease management.

Career Opportunities

Environmental consulting companies, federal and provincial ministries, graduate studies, mining companies, nongovernmental conservation agencies, biomedical field, chiropractic, dentistry, physiotherapy, human and veterinary medicine, naturopathy, teaching, wildlife, fish, habitat, park management, conservation.

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Program Details

Faculty Members

Full faculty members

Alarie, Yves: Invertebrate systematics

Basiliko, Nathan: Environmental microbiology; ecosystem ecology; soils

Beckett, Peter: Restoration ecology; wetlands

Gagnon, Jeffrey: Obesity and metabolic disease

Gunn, John: Fisheries ecology and management

Lesbarrères, David: Evolutionary ecology; herpetology

Litzgus, Jackie: Ecology and conservation of reptiles at risk

Mallory, Frank: Wildlife management & behavioural & biomedical ecology

Martinez-Garcia, Mery: Animal physiology in changing environments

Nkongolo, Kabwe: Human and plant genetics

Robitaille, Jean-François: Behavioural ecology of Mustelids

Ryser, Peter: Ecology of wetland plants; root ecology; heavy metal stress

Saleh, Mazen: Molecular biophysics; bacterial environmental interactions

Schulte-Hostedde, Albrecht: Applied evolutionary ecology

 

Cross-appointed faculty

 

Boreham, Douglas (NOSM)

Campbell, Daniel: Plant ecology and restoration of degraded ecosystems

Gauthier, Eric: Molecular and cellular control of cell survival

Kovala, Tom: Signal transduction and regulation of angiogenesis

Kumar, Aseem: Molecular signalling pathways

Lafrenie, Robert: Breast cancer indicators; natural cancer control products

Lannér, Carita: DNA replication in etiology of cancer

Larivière, Céline: Cellular and molecular neural and muscular systems

Lee, Hoyun: DNA replication proteins; cancer development and resistance

MacLean, David (NOSM)

Merritt, Thomas: Genomics and bioinformatics (Drosophila and environmental)

Nokhbeh, Reza: Bacteriophage biology, therapeutics and diagnostics

Omri, Abdel:  Lipid-based drug and vaccine delivery systems

Parissenti, Amadeo: Tumour biology

Persinger, Michael: Interdisciplinary environmental biology

Ramcharan, Charles: Lake food webs

Ross, Gregory: Nervous system disorders; brain disease

Roy-Leveillée (Pascale School of Northern Development)

Tai, T.C.: Gene dysregulation; hypertension

 

Adjunct faculty

 

Abedin, Joinal

Archambault, Daniel

Bailey, John: Bioassessment and biomonitoring of aquatic systems

Bowman, Jeff: Spatial population ecology

Brown, Glen: Animal ecology, wildlife conservation and management

Cholewa, Ewa: Signal transduction pathways in plants

Côté, Gilbert

Garner, Trenton

Hamr, Josef

Jardine, Claire

Johnston, Thomas

Keller, Wendel: Effects of multiple stressors on northern aquatic ecosystems

Kreutzweiser, David: Aquatic ecology and ecotoxicology

Lougheed, Stephen

Mastromonaco, Gabriela: Developmental biology; reproductive biotechnology

McGeer, James

Mehes-Smith, Mélanie

Mykytczuk, Nadia: Environmental microbiology

Rosseland, Bjorn Olav

Schock, Danna

Tanentzap, Andrew

Venier, Lisa

Watmough, Shaun

Weeks, Andrew: Behavioural neuroscience

Yves Alarie

Yves Alarie

Department of Biology
Nathan Basiliko

Nathan Basiliko

Department of Biology
Peter Beckett

Peter Beckett

Department of Biology
Jeffrey Gagnon

Jeffrey Gagnon

Department of Biology
John Gunn

John Gunn

Department of Biology
David Lesbarrères

David Lesbarrères

Faculty of Graduate Studies
Jacqueline Litzgus

Jacqueline Litzgus

Department of Biology
Francis Mallory

Francis Mallory

Department of Biology
Mery Martinez Garcia

Mery Martinez Garcia

Department of Biology
Kabwe Nkongolo

Kabwe Nkongolo

Department of Biology
Jean-Francois Robitaille

Jean-Francois Robitaille

Department of Biology
Peter Ryser

Peter Ryser

Department of Biology
Mazen Saleh

Mazen Saleh

Department of Biology
Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde

Department of Biology