Get inspired by life. Immerse yourself in the study of life at all levels, from cell biology and the physiology of multicellular organisms to the interactions between organisms and their environment. Build a strong basis in the essentials, then choose the right topics for your chosen path.
Our Biology Department features teaching labs with state-of-the-art equipment that introduce you to the various techniques used in biology research. Small class sizes foster strong student-professor relationships. As a Biology student, you'll follow the Biology core curriculum and additional Biology courses based on your interests. Through labs, lectures and tutorials you will:
Study genes and how they control cellular and organismal function
Address fundamental and applied research problems
Study the chemical and cellular basis of living systems
Explore the evolution, biodiversity and ecology of organisms and their physiology and morphology
Receive extensive training in research methodology
*Honours is a highly concentrated program, ideal for students planning to continue to graduate studies. If you are interested in Honours, speak with your program advisor in your first year of study at Concordia. Students applying to the University are able to apply to the specialization.
Students planning a career or graduate studies in the biological sciences are encouraged to follow an Honours or Specialization program. The Honours programs require astrong academic performance and a two-term undergraduate research project and thesis as a 6-credit course (BIOL 490).
The Major and Minor programs have fewer required credits in the biology curriculum than the Honours and Specialization programs and allow students to take more courses in other disciplines to fulfill the 90 credit requirement for a BSc degree. The Major includes all courses that are required for admission to most medical degree programs.
United States students: A U.S. Federal Student Aid-eligible version of this program is offered. This version meets all U.S. regulations (such as no co-operative education or e-courses) for eligible programs.
Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 – Mechanics, Electricity and Magnetism and Wave, Optics and Modern Physics – General Chemistry and Chemistry of Solutions – General Biology OR Natural Science DEC OR DEC intégré en sciences, lettres et arts.
International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 overall, 4 math, 4 science
one math (Applications and Interpretations HL, Analysis and Approaches HL or Analysis and Approaches SL)
one science (Physics, Chemistry or Biology, either SL or HL)
one of the science or math courses must be competed at the HL level
Baccalauréat français: 12 overall, 12 in math / science
Première: Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
Terminale: Spécialité mathématiques (also accepted, Spécialité Physique-Chimie AND Mathématiques Complémentaires)
British system of education (GCE):
A-levels: At least two A-level exams CD in math, CD in science or
AS-levels: At least 4 AS-level exams with equivalent results or
BTEC: Level 3 Diploma or Extended Diploma in a related subject area with equivalent results
Students without math or science A-levels may be admissible based on AS-level or iGCSE/GCSE/O-Level exam results. Students should include all their exam results from iGCSE (or equivalent) onwards to support their application.
Minimum cut-off averages should be used as indicators. The cut-off data may change depending on the applicant pool. Applicants who meet the stated minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission to these programs.
We consider complete applications year round and give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines.
March 1 is the deadline to apply for fall term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by February 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.
Late applications will be considered if places are still available. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.
November 1 is the deadline to apply for winter term entry. International students are encouraged to apply by September 1 to allow sufficient time for CAQ and study permit application processing.
Not all programs are available for winter term entry. Please check program availability for the term, before you start your application.
We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.
After your degree
Biology undergraduates have the foundation to pursue graduate studies or medicine. Biology alumni have established careers in a variety of science fields that include:
The Specialization and Honours programs prepare students for a career in the biological sciences, including graduate studies. The Major program can be combined with a degree in another department based on interest or to target niche careers that combine multiple expertise. For example, a student interested in a career in management of a biotechnology company or governmental regulatory agency might combine a Major in Biology with a major program in business or communications.
Get inspired by life. Immerse yourself in the study of life at all levels: from the edge of biochemistry through cell biology and the physiology of multicellular organisms to the interactions between organisms and their environment.