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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 streams:

  • Stream A: Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbial Biology and Genetics
  • Stream B: Biodiversity, Ecology and Evolution
  • Stream C: Physiology and Toxicology

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Info for Current Students

Department of Biology

Program Highlights

  • 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.
  • Check out options to enhance your degree.

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.


Our graduates proceed to graduate studies, professional programs, or a variety of careers, such as:

  • teacher
  • software training coordinator
  • medical lab technician
  • filmmaker

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