Program Information

School: Dalhousie University
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree: Bachelor; Honours
Field of Study: Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Description: Biology is the study of life and living things. You’ll examine the physical and biological processes that affect the life and death of genes, cells, individuals, populations, species, and ecosystems. Depending on your interests and the courses you take, you might learn how to identify indigenous flowering plants, go scuba diving to conduct underwater experiments, or venture out on the ocean to study minke and humpback whales. You’ll look at the simplest forms of plants and animals—think algae and one-celled organisms—as well as the highly complex.

Students who wish to study Biology in conjunction with another subject may wish to pursue a Combined Honours degree program. The other subject may be any discipline from the Faculty of Science (other than
Marine Biology), the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Computer Science, or the College of Sustainability. Biology may be the primary subject (defined as the subject with the larger number of honours credits), or the secondary subject. Students planning to enroll in a Combined Honours program should consult with academic advisors from both programs early in their studies. Students must have their program of study approved by Academic Advisors in both subject areas.

URL: Biology (BSc or BA) (Combined Honours) at Dalhousie University
Length: 4 Year(s)
Cost per year:*
International: $19,457

Cost per year is based on the 2018-2019 academic year and includes the cost of tuition and incidental fees.

Careers: Biologists

Admission Requirements

Grade for Entrance Previous Year (%)* 75

These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

  •  Grade12 English 
  •  Grade12 Precalculus  or  Grade12 Calculus 

Applicants are required to have: English 12; Pre-Calculus Math 12 or Calculus 12; and three other acceptable university-preparatory courses at the grade 12 level.

Additional Admission Requirements:

    Students considering Honours should consult with a Biology Honours Advisor early in their studies. To be admitted, students must: have a minimum B+ average (GPA of 3.3) in the core Biology courses with no grade less than C (a maximum of two of these core courses may be repeated to achieve this requirement); have a minimum B average (GPA of 3.0) across all courses.; identify and gain the support of a thesis supervisor during their third year of studies (see Honours webpage for supervisor eligibility); and with the supervisor’s input, draft and submit a thesis proposal to the Honours Committee no later than May 15th of their third year of studies.