Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree(s): Bachelor of Science
Campus: Fredericton

Biology is the science of life, and as a department we want to foster a fascination with the biological sciences, develop scientific literacy, and build a solid foundation for careers in biology and related professions. 

Contemporary biology asks many questions due to the vast scope of disciplines related to biological sciences, ranging from the smallest molecules and cellular components, to individual organisms such as microbes, plants and animals, to the larger environment, ecosystems and the biosphere. 

The Biology program is available as a four-year Bachelor of Science degree with majors and honours programs, or as a minor within range of interdepartmental programs.

Why Biology at UNB?

Our Biology Department has an outstanding reputation, both nationally and internationally.  As a student, you will benefit from our stellar accomplishments in research and acclaimed graduate and undergraduate programs. The impact of our professor’s research has led to numerous significant research grants, and to some faculty members being nationally recognized as Canada Research Chairs. 

Hands-on learning

  • Lab Courses - focus on not only biological theory but also practical hands-on application of knowledge and experimental design.
  • Marine Block - upper-year students can dedicate an entire fall semester to field courses that give students an opportunity to gain intensive skills in field sampling, data analysis, and presenting research findings.
  • Co-operative Work Experience program - qualifying motivated and skilled students develop relationships with employers to experience hands-on learning in the real world.
  • Senior Research Projects and Independent Studies - allow students to work on real-world biological research projects in areas of individual interest. 

Skills you will acquire:

  • Hands-on, practical biological skills in lab and field settings
  • Application of current biological concepts and theories
  • Effective experimental design in laboratory- and field-based research
  • Statistical analysis and presentation skills
  • Critical thinking and writing skills
  • Organization, prioritization, and time-management
  • Working independently and in collaboration as part of a research team

Admission Requirements

For admission requirements, select "Science" in our admission requirements tool.

Sample Courses

  • BIOL 2063: Biodiversity
  • BIOL 3833: Forensic Biology
  • BIOL 4423: Conservation Genetics
  • BIOL 4823: Life in Extreme Environments


  • Large Animal Wildlife biologist
  • Aquaculture Technician
  • Agricultural Biologist
  • Food and Drug Inspector
  • Greenhouse Specialist
  • Marine Sciences Technician
  • Park Naturalist
  • Scientific or technical writer
  • RCMP - Forensic Science and Identification Services