Biology is the study of plants, animals and the diversity of life in an evolutionary context. As a Biology student you will gain insight into how organisms interact, how genes are inherited, how creatures evolve and much more. Our programs are practical and hands-on with research and fieldwork opportunities in almost every course to enhance in-class learning.

You will be exposed to the central aspects of Biology including:

  • Form and Function
  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Biodiversity
  • Systematics
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology 

You have the freedom to study Biology in a way that suits your career aspirations. You may choose courses that will prepare you to become a professional biologist, or you can combine your biological studies with a major in Chemistry, Geography, Environmental Studies or Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Tourism.

Our program also offers 4 areas of concentration that will allow you to further study a particular area of interest including:

  • Animal Sciences
  • Biodiversity & Conservation
  • Plant Sciences
  • Neuroscience

The small size of our department allows you to become involved with ongoing faculty research, ranging from ecology to biorefining. Exciting professional opportunities exist for you post-graduation with further study in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, veterinary medicine or graduate school.

The Lakehead Advantage

Our location in the Boreal Forest makes Lakehead University the ideal institution to study Biology. We host intensive local field trips and field schools for our undergraduate students, making the most of the environment and wildlife available to us. While many other universities have to travel to get this experience, we can host our field trips within the 3 hours allotted for a class or a lab.

As a Biology student you will have access to the Lakehead University Instrumentation Lab (LUIL)  and learn to operate the tools and equipment to conduct your own research and generate data yourself. Unlike other universities, you can utilize the lab as opposed to passing your samples on to a technician. This practical knowledge gives you an advantage when applying to graduate or professional school or a science-based job.

Our relatively small class sizes provide exceptional networking opportunities with faculty members. This is especially helpful if you are considering pursuing an Honours Thesis or research project as you will require an academic advisor. Our faculty is well connected within the community and the industry, making such relationships very conducive to summer job opportunities. 

What our Students Say

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Year 1 Applied Life Sciences student Sarah enjoys our hands-on approach to learning biology.

Year 2 Biology student Melanie likes how our small class sizes and research opportunities let students learn with their professors.

Year 4 Biology student Jason appreciates the breadth of his program, from molecules to organisms to ecosystems.