Program Information

School: Dalhousie University
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Degree: Bachelor; Co-op; Honours
Field of Study: Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography
Description: Examine the diets of grey seals, apply statistics to prevent overfishing, learn about aquaculture, run underwater experiments, or analyze DNA—in Dalhousie’s Marine Biology program, the sea’s the limit. If your passion is the sea, Dal is one of the best places in the world to study, and we’re a national leader in marine biology education. You’ll learn in classrooms and labs—and you could be out on the open water, studying the behaviour of sperm whales, running your own underwater experiments, tracking the movements of fishes, and assessing the diversity of marine birds.

Students who wish to study Marine 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 Biology), the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the Faculty of Computer Science, or the College of Sustainability. Marine 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: Marine Biology (BSc) (Combined Honours) at Dalhousie University
Course Based: Yes
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 must apply for admission to Honours programs. Students considering Honours should consult with a Marine Biology Honours Advisor early in their studies. To be admitted, students must: have a minimum B+ average (GPA of 3.3) in core 2nd year 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. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is required for admission and for continuation in the Co-op program. Students must be eligible to work in Canada.