• Degree plus Diploma

    Degree plus Diploma

    The Biology Department at Queen's University and St. Lawrence College have a new Biotechnology degree plus diploma program.  See our Biotechnology SSP page for more details.

  • Cell mates

    Cell mates

    Using fluorescent markers, the Chin-Sang lab can light up certain cells in the nematode C elegans to help understand the genetics of development.

  • Blue planet

    Blue planet

    Queen’s Biology has a global reach with research worldwide and field courses near home, in the tropics, and even at our very own castle at Herstmonceux, England

  • Honours thesis excellence

    Honours thesis excellence

    Our 4th year Honours Thesis students join a research group for a full academic year, forging a project, and writing and defending a thesis. Ideal preparation for graduate or professional school

  • The world is our oyster

    The world is our oyster

    Every year our students & profs travel to the far corners of the globe for research and courses at a wide alphabetical [Alberta to (New) Zealand], ecological (arctic tundra to coral reefs), latitudinal [Nunavut to Argentina], & cultural (China to Los Angeles) range of field sites.

  • Learn by Doing

    Learn by Doing

    Undergraduate labs give students hands-on experience with research projects using state-of-the-art equipment to view, measure and analyze how and why plants and animals work the way they do.

Spotlight Profiles

Katie Langin, Research Ecologist & Freelance Writer
Katie Langin, Research Ecologist and Freelance Writer

"The Biology Department is packed with top-notch scientists and you'll get even more out of your coursework if you couple it with hands-on experience in science."

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Robert Laird, Associate Professor
Robert Laird, Associate Professor

"A field course I took, followed by an Honours Thesis project, and eventually an MSc, convinced me to pursue a career in research. These excellent early opportunities provided by Queen's Biology were eye-opening (and fun!) motivating me to continue learning about nature."

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Jeffrey Waller, Plant Biochemist
Jeffrey Waller, Plant Biochemist

"I will always fondly remember my time at Queen's in Biology, where I met fellow undergraduate and graduate students who were amazingly talented and brilliant people"

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Ann McKellar, Wildlife Biologist
Ann McKellar, Wildlife Biologist

"I got hooked on Biology during the second year of my undergraduate at Queen's, when classes became more specialized and I was able to start focusing on things that really mattered to me. Queen's Biology was a great place to learn from and work alongside experts in my field."

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May 19, 2016
Queen's Biology MSc graduate, Megha Chandrashekhar, among Jennifer Dorrington Award Winners

Queen's Biology MSc graduate, and current PhD student at U of T's Moffat Lab is one of this year's winners of the Jennifer Dorrington Graduate Research Award.

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May 4, 2016
John Smol and Jamie Summers on climate warming

Biology Professor John Smol and doctoral candidate Jamie Summers co-authored a paper warning that climate warming is the primary influence of increased algal growth in the Athabasca oilsands region of northern Alberta.  

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April 27, 2016
Bob Montgomerie featured in Queen's Gazette

Biology professor Bob Montgomerie was featured in the Queen's Gazette twice this week, for both a study he co-authored regarding the mechanisms behind the male peacock's courtship dances, as well as a look at Bob's interest in birds that has spanned 50 years.

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April 4, 2016
Biology 507: DNA on Trial

Students in Biology 507, Biotechnology, examined a hypothetical case, inspired by the true story of Kathleen Moser. She was a young woman who wanted to know her Huntington disease gene status, against the wishes of her family. The trial, "when DNA technology is personal", was held in the moot court at the Queen's law school.

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I've spent more time than many will believe [making microscopic observations], but I've done them with joy, and I've taken no notice those who have said why take so much trouble and what good is it?

Antonie van Leeuwenhoek

It's a parts list... If I gave you the parts list for the Boeing 777 and it had 100,000 parts, I don't think you could screw it together and you certainly wouldn't understand why it flew

Eric Lander

What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant

Jacques Monod

The world becomes full of organisms that have what it takes to become ancestors. That, in a sentence, is Darwinism

Richard Dawkins

Shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic life?

Erasmus Darwin

Nature proceeds little by little from things lifeless to animal life in such a way that it's impossible to determine the line of demarcation


Cells let us walk, talk, think, make love, and realize the bath water is cold

Lorraine Lee Cudmore

In the distant future I see open fields for far more important researches. Psychology will be based on a new foundation, that of the necessary acquirement of each mental power and capacity by gradation. Light will be thrown on the origin of man and his history

Charles Darwin

It is my belief that the basic knowledge that we're providing to the world will have a profound impact on the human condition and the treatments for disease and our view of our place on the biological continuum

J. Craig Venter

Imagine a house coming together spontaneously from all the information contained in the bricks: that is how animal bodies are made

Neil Shubin

A grain in the balance will determine which individual shall live and which shall die - which variety or species shall increase in number, and which shall decrease, or finally become extinct

Charles Darwin

The stuff of life turned out to be not a quivering, glowing, wondrous gel but a contraption of tiny jigs, springs, hinges, rods, sheets, magnets, zippers, and trapdoors, assembled by a data tape whose information is copied, downloaded and scanned

Steven Pinker

We wish to discuss a structure for the salt of deoxyribose nucleic acid. (D.N.A.). This structure has novel features which are of considerable biologic interest

Rosalind Franklin

We are biology. We are reminded of this at the beginning and the end, at birth and at death. In between we do what we can to forget

Mary Roach

The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine

Leroy Hood

I've always been interested in animal behavior, and I keep reading about it because it's so surprising all the time - so many things are happening around us that we neglect to look at. Part of the passion I have for biology is based on this wonderment"

Isabella Rossellini

Because all of biology is connected, one can often make a breakthrough with an organism that exaggerates a particular phenomenon, and later explore the generality

Thomas Cech

Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution

Theodosius Dobzhansky

Biology is now bigger than physics, as measured by the size of budgets, by the size of the workforce, or by the output of major discoveries; and biology is likely to remain the biggest part of science through the twenty-first century

- Freeman Dyson

Nothing can be more incorrect than the assumption one sometimes meets with, that physics has one method, chemistry another, and biology a third

- Thomas Huxley