School of Science & Technology

Welcome to the School of Science and Technology!

Dave McCorquodale

Students bring the School of Science and Technology (SST) to life. Each year we welcome fresh faces and congratulate our graduates as they receive their diplomas and degrees in engineering, engineering technology and science.

Our faculty bring their expertise, from mathematics to marine biology, engineering to clinical psychology, from physical chemistry to petroleum geology to our classrooms and labs. Through well-established programs (B.Sc. and BET) as well as newly emerging ones (a new Bachelor of Arts and Science Environment in 2017), SS&T provides the academic foundation to enable students to pursue their interests and prepare for their diverse career goals within the context of a changing academic and economic landscape. We also work hard to ensure that we provide the necessary academic support and guidance for students along the way, as well as relevant training and research opportunities. Our record of success is evident in the generations of our graduates who work in Nova Scotia, across Canada, and around the world.

I know from personal experience, gained through 26 years at CBU, that small class sizes and hands-on experiences are key parts of our degrees. Also, our faculty bring a caring attitude to their classrooms and labs – they will want to get to know you during your tenure at CBU and will want to help you to achieve success. Their expertise and connections with employers or colleagues are also vital to helping you to meet your career goals. The net result is a welcoming, supportive environment that prepares graduates for whatever they chose to do after graduation.

SST has three main programs: Bachelor of Science (Psychology, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology), Bachelor of Engineering Technology (Electronics & Controls, Petroleum, Environmental Studies and Manufacturing) and the first two years of Bachelor of Engineering.
Follow the links at the side to find out more about each program and most importantly what our graduates have accomplished.

Beyond academic programming, a social network is important at university. Our small class sizes, weekly labs and student meeting spaces facilitate these relationships. Academic supports can also assist with the networking. The Math and Science Help Centre provides a great resource for 1st year students. For senior students it can provide meaningful employment as academic tutors as well as a chance for students to hone skills in their discipline. Many students also opt to work on campus, with research labs providing many of the opportunities.
Welcome to CBU. Whenever you would like a tour, to ask more in-depth questions or just to chat about your experience at CBU, just let me know.

David McCorquodale

The School of Science and Technology is the home of a wide variety of courses and programming in science, engineering, and technology.  The School offers a pathway to three degrees: Bachelor of Science (BSc), Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET), and Bachelor of Engineering (BEng).

Other programs include a four-year Engineering degree transfer offered with Dalhousie University. A BSc in either chemistry or mathematics could be combined with the Engineering diploma: this program requires three years of study at CBU, followed by two years at Dalhousie University.

Degree Programs & Transfer Programs

The School of Science & Technology also offers a 2-year Engineering Transfer Program (Professional Engineering Stream), a Diploma in Engineering Technology, and a Bachelor of Technology degree program with specialization in several disciplines. The Bachelor of Engineering is a more traditional engineering program that is completed at Dalhousie University after two years of study at CBU. Engineering Technology blends a combination of academics and “hands on skills” that make graduates both versatile and in demand.

The Bachelor of Science program offers a 3-year General, a 4- year Major, and a 4-year Honours degree in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and Psychology, as well as a Double-major spanning these disciplines. Courses are also available in Geology and Physics. Our program will give you the critical foundational knowledge, training, and skills to successfully pursue a career in the Sciences and to obtain entry requirements for professional programs including Medical School, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy, and Clinical Psychology. Students are encouraged to gain research experience during their degree through collaboration with our Science faculty. Co-op courses also provide the opportunity for students to gain work experience during their program.

Areas of Study

BiologyBiology is a natural science concerned with the study of all living organisms. Our courses span three main themes: molecular and cell biology, organismal and evolutionary diversity, and health sciences, and are taught by faculty actively engaged in diverse fields of research including forest ecology, plant genetics, invertebrate zoology, freshwater and marine biology, avian behavioural ecology, neurethology, and vertebrate palaeontology. Most of our courses also include a laboratory component, with an emphasis placed on hands-on activities, skills development, and field-based exercises. Our program is structured to ensure that we provide the necessary requirements and opportunities for students wanting to gain entry into professional programs and graduate school.

ChemistryChemistry provides an excellent scientific basis for understanding today’s world with great relevance to other fields of study such as engineering and nanotechnology, medicine and dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, food sciences, and environmental sciences. The CBU chemistry degrees are nationally accredited by the Canadian Society of Chemistry. Students have great opportunities for hands-on research with state-of-the-art equipment. Students also have the opportunity to complete co-op placements with Nova Scotian and Canadian companies as part of the Certificate in Industrial Chemistry.


Engineering If you want to become an engineer, the two-year transfer program at CBU provides the grounding and course requirements needed to move on to Dalhousie to complete your training and leads to Professional Engineering (P.Eng) status. There are benefits to starting your degree at a smaller institution with caring, supportive, and experienced faculty.

Skilled technologists are in demand across Canada. In fact, demand exceeds supply. The Bachelor of Engineering Technology (BET) program provides opportunities to specialize in different areas, including Environmental Studies, Petroleum, Electronics and Controls, Manufacturing and Petroleum. Two-year Engineering Technology Diplomas are also available within the Electronics and Controls, and Petroleum. You choose the one that best suits your goals!


Mathematics is an incredibly versatile area of science and art that teaches you to think using logic and analytical reasoning. These skills are useful in all walks of life from the physical and health sciences to business, the arts and law. Recent studies show that the most satisfying and high paying jobs one can obtain upon receiving an undergraduate degree involve mathematics.

PsychologyPsychology is the scientific study of behaviour and mental processes, from behavioural neuroscience to cognition, social behaviour and mental health, to name a few areas. We offer undergraduate programs leading to a BA, BACS, or BSc degree. Students are key contributors to our vibrant research community, providing assistance in research laboratories and working together with faculty members to plan and execute experiments.



David McCorquodale
Professor of Biology and Dean of Science & Technology

Office: B212

Phone: 902.563.1262

Richard Pierrynowski
Instructor, Engineering and Assistant Dean of Science & Technology

Office: A116G

Phone: 902.563.1183

Joanne Hughes
Assistant to the Dean

Office: B214

Phone: 902.563.1341

Kim Martin
School Secretary

Office: A129

Phone: 902.563.1149

Tim Rawlings
Associate Professor, Biology / Dept. Chair

Office: TC117

Phone: 902.563.1138

Matthias Bierenstiel
Associate Professor, Inorganic Chemistry / Dept. Chair

Office: TC119 (office) A-209 (lab)

Phone: 902.563.1391 (office) ext 1979 (lab)

Paul Standing
Instructor of Engineering / Dept. Chair

Office: A222I

Phone: 902.563.1202

James Preen
Associate Professor, Mathematics / Dept. Chair

Office: A129A

Phone: 902.563.1181

Geoffrey Carre
Assistant Professor, Psychology / Dept. Chair

Office: B-221-H