Biology is the study of living organisms and the study of the animal and plant life of a particular region.
Science students at UNB Saint John can pursue a bachelor of science (BSc.) with a major or honours in biology. Students with good grades from UNB or elsewhere may also pursue postgraduate research and training in biology at both the MSc and PhD levels in Saint John. The campus offers a choice of general studies or zoology. Each is based on a set of required courses plus a number of electives. We emphasize whole organism biology and ecology.
UNB Saint John is one of only a few university campuses in Canada offering a BSc. in marine biology. With professors internationally recognized in the field and its ideal location on the St. John-Kennebecasis River estuarine complex, the campus is well equipped to offer this program.
The marine biology program is a general synopsis of the discipline with special emphasis on Canadian east coast waters. Marine biology students at UNB Saint John receive a broad, basic training that will allow them to qualify for a wide range of employment opportunities, both in Canada and abroad.
Past graduates are employed in government departments at all levels, with consulting and research companies, in private enterprises, in the aquaculture industry, in universities and in many other areas. Student with good records from UNB or elsewhere may pursue postgraduate research and training in marine biology at either the MSc. or PhD level in Saint John as well.
Marine Fall Semester
Based at the Huntsman Marine Science Centre (HMSC) in picturesque St. Andrews, the Marine Fall Semester is an intensive, 12-week immersion semester offered on a biennial basis, in a marine setting and providing students with a “hands-on” study experience of diverse marine organisms, including mammals (whales and seals), algae, fish and invertebrates. The semester consists of 5 courses worth a total of 19 credits. It is equivalent to a full-semester course load, and students are expected to take all 5 courses. Three courses run for 2-4 consecutive weeks each, and two run throughout the semester.
The semester involves lectures, research seminars, discussions, labs, field trips and independent research projects. It is designed to promote critical thinking and expose students to innovative research in marine biology.
Environmental biology is an interdisciplinary science because the solutions to environmental problems lie at the intersection of human behaviour, technology and the biology of living organisms. Environmental biology students at UNB Saint John will take courses in chemistry, economics, environmental law, sociology, as well as more traditional biology courses in ecology, conservation biology and ecotoxicology.
The BSc. biology-psychology program is designed for students interested in both biology and psychology. It is intended for students with interests and career goals in any area of neuroscience, human biology, medicine, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy or graduate school. As with any degree in the biology department, the BSc. in biology-psychology is offered as a major or as an honours program.
Within the the Bio-Psyc option we offer a pre-professional stream intended for students who are considering a career in a health-related profession like medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, optometry or veterinary medicine. This stream is especially compatible with Dalhousie Medicine New Brunswick now residing on the UNB Saint John campus.
A BSc. in general biology is very flexible and can be tailored to your individual interests as well as toward any entrance requirements for professional schools. At the end of your program in general biology, you will be a trained biologist with a background in botany, ecology, zoology and physiology. This degree program is intended for students with interests and career goals in any area of biology, medicine, dentistry, veterinary college, pharmacy or graduate school.