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Department of Biology

It is my pleasure to welcome you on behalf of the Department of Biology. We strive to offer our students the best learning experience possible while at Laurentian University. Students are provided with hands-on laboratory experience starting at year one that continues for the duration of their program. Student experience is not limited to our laboratories but extends beyond to field courses. We offer a number of options for students enrolled in our biology program, including general 3-year and 4-year degrees. The majority of our students, however, choose one of our specializations: Biomedical Biology, Zoology, Ecology, and Restoration Biology. Additional options for students include concentrations, majors, and minors in Biology. Most of our options are available in both official languages.

Our curricula reflect our close ties to other departments at Laurentian University that include the School of The Environment, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Forensic Science, Nursing, Midwifery, and others. The Biology Department is home to the world-class Vale Living With Lakes Centre, the Co-op Fresh Water Ecology Unit, and the Center for Evolutionary Ecology and Ethical Conservation. We are pioneers in the area of restoration and land reclamation.

Students wishing to advance their learning experience through graduate studies and research have the opportunity to consider the M.Sc. in Biology and the Ph.D. in Boreal Ecology or Biomolecular Sciences. Graduate students may train under the supervision of any of our researchers, as well as researchers from other departments, from the Northern Ontario School of Medicine (NOSM), or from the Advanced Medical Research Institute of Canada (AMRIC). The areas of specialization in our graduate programs include cell and molecular biology, ecology and evolution, and plant and animal physiology. Our Department is home to three Canada Research Chairs: Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde, Canada Research Chair in Applied Evolutionary Ecology; Dr. Nathan Basiliko, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Microbiology; and Dr. John Gunn, Canada Research Chair in Stressed Aquatic Systems. More details can be found at the following links:;;;

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