Undergraduate Studies in Biology

  • Skill set

    Skill set

    The skills you learn in coursework are as important as the biological concepts and facts. Laboratory, field, communication and quantitative skills are the backbone of our program.

  • Swamped

    Swamped

    There's nothing like getting your feet wet when learning about natural history. We have an incredible range of accessible natural habitats near Kingston, including our own field research and teaching facility (QUBS) only 40 minutes away

  • Dispatches from the field

    Dispatches from the field

    Our field course program takes small groups of students to exotic and local sites to learn about  studying plants and animals in their natural environment.

Undergraduate

Biology DSC

We are a diverse science department dedicated to research and academic excellence. Our research spans a wide array of biological disciplines including plant sciences, biochemistry, proteomics, cell and molecular biology, animal physiology, limnology, evolution, ecology and behaviour. Specifically, the Biology Department Student Council is your connection to the biology department and faculty. We run events for students like Beer with Profs, BEWICS sports teams, a Biology Formal and Career Nights.

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Internship Program (QUIP)

The Queen’s Undergraduate Internship Program (QUIP) provides students with a 12-16 month work experience. QUIP internships are paid, professionally supervised, career-related positions designed to offer second or third year students the opportunity to learn about current advances, practices and technologies in business and industry. 

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Biology Career Paths

A degree in Biology will equip you for a world of post-graduate opportunities. Our graduates follow a variety of paths, including careers in Biology research and Biology education; and a wide array of exciting careers outside of the academic world of biological research, including Medicine, Environmental Science and Law, Consulting, Biotechnology, and Genetic Counselling. Where will your Queen’s Biology degree take you?

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Courses

The Department offers a wide range of courses in diverse areas of Biology, and in a wide range of formats and settings: lectures, seminars, online, in the field, and at the lab bench. As a student in Biology, you can select courses that span its breadth, or choose to take courses that permit a greater focus on a specific sub-discipline. Many of our faculty and staff are award-winners for their teaching efforts, and all are dedicated educators.

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Degree Plans

Queen’s Biology has a plan for you. With a three year General Plan, four distinctive Honours Degree Plans, and Arts and Science Minor Plans, our degree plans range from broadly-based and customizable to having a high degree of focus and specialization. Because these degrees cover areas of Biology as diverse as Molecular Biology, Evolution, Ecology, BioMath, BioPsychology, and Biotechnology, there is something for just about everyone. 

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Uniquely Queens Biology

The expertise of our faculty spans all the way from fine-scale molecular to large-scale ecosystem biology, which allows us to integrate across all scales in biology. This breadth provides an engaging learning environment for our students because it emphasizes intellectual breadth in addition to depth. The opportunities available to students--both inside and outside the classroom--encourages students to set their learning in the broadest context. 

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Awards & Opportunities

Do you want to get more involved in Biology? Do you want to experience different fields of Biology and get hands-on experience outside the classroom? Check out the many awards and opportunities for undergraduate students to gain work and research experience at Queen's.

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Prepare Yourself

Whether you are a new or upper-year student, the Department of Biology is committed to providing you the best environment possible for you to achieve your academic goals.  Here, you will find essential information about what Queen’s expects of its students, along with tips for getting the most out of your courses. We also want to make sure you know about the many sources for support, whether academic or personal, if you find yourself in need of advice or assistance.   

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Resources for Courses

Here are some resources and guidelines for writing, data management, and statistical analysis that you might find useful throughout your undergraduate and gradute program, and beyond.

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FAQ

Do you have questions about Undergraduate Studies in Biology? Do you need to see the Rules and Regulations? Speak with an Academic Advisor or the Chair of Undergraduate Studies? Help is on its way!

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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

Aristotle

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