Undergraduate Studies in Biology
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
What is true for E. coli is also true for the elephant
The world becomes full of organisms that have what it takes to become ancestors. That, in a sentence, is Darwinism
Shall we conjecture that one and the same kind of living filaments is and has been the cause of all organic life?
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
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
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
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
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
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
The systems approach to biology will be the dominant theme in medicine
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"
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
Nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of evolution
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