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Biology (BA)


Our Biology program takes an integrative approach to biology and emphasizes commonalities of life principles and processes across the many levels of biological organization, from the molecular level to the biosphere. We offer both a Bachelor of Science (BSc) and a Bachelor of Arts (BA).

Our BA program is intended for those who want to communicate biological concepts to others. It will prepare you for a variety of careers, such as law, teaching, public policy or science journalism. This is a flexible program that you can combine with another BA program at Laurier.

You’ll study molecular processes and cell structures, signalling mechanisms, metabolic pathways, patterns of inheritance, physiological responses, life histories, biodiversity and conservation and strategies for survival across the three domains of life. Courses incorporate hands-on lab sessions, tutorials and seminars. As a senior undergraduate student, you’ll have the opportunity to become part of ongoing research programs at the cutting edge of our discipline.

Beginning in third year, single-major biology students (students who do not combine this program with another BA program) have the option to specialize in one of three concentrations:

  1. Cell, Molecular and Microbial Biology and Genetics
  2. Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
  3. Physiology and Toxicology

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Info for Current Students

Department of Biology

Program Highlights

  • View the Biology experience guide and learn about the opportunities at Laurier that will help prepare you, both inside and outside the classroom, for your future career.
  • Internal and external funding makes it easy for students to work with faculty mentors on a wide range of projects.
  • Our diverse offering of courses with lab or field studies emphasize the function of organisms in their environments.
  • You’ll gain hands-on experience that will show you biology is not only about technical skills, but also about attitude, passion and critical thinking.

Sample Courses

  • Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Microbial Ecology
  • Animal Form and Function
  • Field Studies
  • Plants and People


  • Admission range of mid 70s.
  • English at 60%.
  • Biology at 70%.
  • All prerequisite courses calculated in admission average.
  • More admission requirements, including requirements for transfer students, are available in our admissions toolkit.

International Baccalaureate Requirements

  • HL or SL English at 3.
  • HL or SL Biology at 4.
  • IB Minimum Score: 26.

Design Your Degree

These are a few popular academic opportunities which allow you to dive deeper into your major area of study or broaden your knowledge:

  • Research Specialization
  • Sustainability Option
  • Management Option
  • Environmental Science Option
  • Chemistry Minor
  • Environmental Studies Minor
  • Geography Minor
  • Psychology Minor

Check out other options to enhance your degree.

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