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Biology (BSc)

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Why study Biology?

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
  • Perform original research as an undergraduate (honours and specialization students only)

Concordia’s hands-on approach provides a solid foundation for a career in the life sciences or environmental sciences, or paves the way for future graduate studies.

Program details

A Bachelor of Science degree takes a minimum of three or four years (90 – 120 credits) of full-time study, depending on your academic background.


  • Honours in Biology (72 credits)
  • Specialization in Biology (60 credits)

    Students planning a career or graduate studies in the biological sciences are encouraged to follow an Honours or Specialization program. The Honours programs require a strong academic performance and a two-term undergraduate research project and thesis as a 6-credit course (BIOL 490).
  • Major in Biology (45 credits)
  • Minor in Biology (24 credits)

    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.
Degree requirements

Minimum cut-off averages and course requirements
  • Quebec Cegep: 26 (Honours: 30)
    • 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.
    • Additional information for Cegep applicants
  • High School: B- overall, B- in math / sciences
    (Honours: B+ overall, A- in math / sciences) 
  • University Transfers (internal/external): C+ overall, C+ in math / sciences
    (Honours: B+ overall, B+ in math / sciences)
    • Completed courses in the disciplines of Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • Baccalauréat français: 12 overall, 12 in math / science
    (Honours: 14 overall, 15 in math / science)
    • Première: Spécialité mathématiques AND Spécialité physique-chimie
      Terminale: Spécialité mathématiques
        (also accepted, Spécialité Physique-Chimie AND Mathématiques Complémentaires)
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma: 27 overall, 4 math, 4 science
    (Honours: 31 overall, 5 math, 6 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

You must meet Concordia’s minimum admission requirements.

Honours programs: Students applying directly to an honours program should list it as their first choice. If not admitted to honours, they will automatically be considered for the next highest program (i.e. specialization or major).

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 we give priority to applicants who apply by official deadlines. Late applications will be considered if places are still available for the fall term only.

You've sent your application from: Fall term deadline Winter term deadline
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Certain programs have extended their deadlines. Please check program availability.
November 1
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Outside Canada (International)  February 1    September 1

We reserve the right to close admission to a program at any time after the official deadline without prior notice.

Sample classes

  • Form and Function of Organisms
  • Comparative Animal Psychology
  • Evolution
  • Molecular Biology

Curriculum requirements

Required Biology credits are as follows:

  • Honours in Biology (72 credits)
  • Specialization in Biology (60 credits)
  • Major in Biology (45 credits)
  • Minor in Biology (24 credits)

Each option also has specific required and optional courses. See the curriculum for each option.

Undergraduate students in the Department of Biology have excellent opportunities to carry out individualized, original research projects in the laboratory of an externally-funded research group under the supervision of a faculty member. 

Learn more about undergraduate research

The Co-op program gives you the chance to complete paid work terms that last 12 to 16 weeks. As a Co-op student, you will work for firms where you may:

  • characterize the effects of drug candidates in cells and/or animals
  • undertake bacterial or blood smear preparations and staining
  • work on gene cloning and molecular diagnostics
  • act as a field assistant, with species identification, measurement and counting

Learn more about our Co-op program.

Biology undergraduates have the foundation to pursue graduate studies or medicine. Biology alumni have established careers in a variety of science fields that include:

  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Environmental management
  • Science education

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.

Download What can I do with a Career in Biology?

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