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Being a Golden Hawk means more than just cheering on our (really good) varsity teams – it means being a student who cares about your community, who works hard in the classroom, and who takes advantage of all the learning opportunities that can happen outside the classroom, too.

Laurier’s Department of Biology is an exceptional centre of learning and research committed to meeting the challenges of contemporary biology.  We foster the integration of all levels of biological organization – from molecules, organelles, cells, tissues and organs, to organisms, populations, species and ecosystems. Rather than “taking apart” the complex interactions that occur in and among biological systems and studying them separately, we aim towards a “putting together” approach to better reflect the intricate biological reality of life on earth.

Teaching and research in biological systems and their interactions are conducted under 3 major interlocking themes:

  • Cell, molecular and microbial biology and genetics
  • Biodiversity, evolution and ecology
  • Physiology and toxicology

Our graduates are noted for their ability to identify and articulate the most pressing biological issues facing society, to pinpoint the key elements of those issues, and to devise appropriate and effective strategies to tackle the necessary research and implement the resulting solutions.

Our Core Values

  • Academic excellence and our commitment to high standards of academic achievement and integrity.
  • Creativity and the creation of new knowledge.
  • Collegiality and fostering a learning community of students, staff and faculty.
  • Dedication to creating the conditions that allow all of our students to articulate, refine and achieve their goals.
  • Integration of form and function at every level of biological organization.

Our Facilities

Our department has well-designed research facilities housed in three buildings on campus, and at several field sites across Canada.

Some of our on-campus facilities include:

  • Greenhouse (completion in 2015)
  • Plant growth room and growth chambers
  • Herbarium
  • Freshwater fish holding facilities
  • Level 2 microbiology labs for teaching and research
  • Equipment and instruments for:
    • Cell and tissue culture
    • Molecular, genetic and protein analysis
    • Drosophila behaviour and genetics
    • Analysis of water quality
    • Microscopy and imaging of specimens
    • Dendrochronology
    • Field studies in aquatic and terrestrial habitats

Faculty members are active in the Laurier Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science. Our external partnerships include Parks Canada, Environment Canada, the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission, the Government of the Northwest Territories, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs, Algonquin Wildlife Research Station and the Grand River Conservation Authority.


The Herbarium consists of about 15000 bryophyte, lichen, and vascular plant specimens from all over the world. It is an important biodiversity research tool because each specimen is accompanied by taxonomic, geographical distribution, biological, and ecological data. In addition, more detailed information can be retrieved from each specimen in the lab: morphological, anatomical, biochemical and molecular.

Laurier Biology Association

The purpose of the Laurier Biology Association is to provide a source of unity to all biology students across the many branches of the subject and facilitate interactions between other science based faculties. Although this club is faculty based, an extensive background in biology is not necessary. This club values both academic and non-academic aspects of university life, but will focus on facilitating a sense of community and kinship in the Biology department as well as other science related departments.



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