Welcome to the Department of Biology!
Dr. Timothy Rawlings, Chair of the Department of Biology
We are a small but active department consisting of eight tenured faculty, two Research Chairs (in Environmental Remediation and Marine Ecology), and five lab instructors. Our goal as a department is to work hard to provide all of our students with the training and skills necessary to meet their career objectives. Our 3- and 4-year B.Sc degree programs are designed to ensure that each student gets a good grounding in key concepts and skills that are essential for a biologist, while the breadth of our course offerings allows students to specialize in the areas of ecology and evolutionary biology, cell and molecular biology and health/medical sciences.
Unlike larger universities, our small class sizes provide students with the opportunity to get to know and interact with our friendly faculty and lab instructors. Likewise, over 85% of our courses have an associated lab component, where we emphasize hands-on activities, applying knowledge to real-world problems, and skills development. In fact, many of our labs take students outside the classroom to apply material learned in lectures to the forests, streams, and shorelines nearby.
When not teaching, our faculty are actively engaged in scientific research. Current projects include topics such as the search for genes encoding grain hardness/antimicrobial properties in oat genomes, field and lab studies of behavioural thermoregulation in nestling birds, and investigations of early reptilian and mammalian life in >300 million year old sediments.
Our faculty bring their research into lectures and lab activities, whenever possible, but also encourage students to participate in their scientific research projects. Our students have been involved in research projects that have taken them snorkeling in the tropical waters of Barbados, sampling whelk and sea cucumber from fishing boats off Scatarie Bank, and examining the effects of moose grazing in the Cape Breton Highlands. Exposing students to scientific research is an important component of the educational experience that we offer in CBU-Biology: not only is it challenging and fun, but it provides students with important skills required for their future careers in the Sciences.
How can you get involved in Biology at CBU?
- Join one of the many student-led Societies on campus!
- Meet our students – Past and Present!
- Like us or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
- Check out the BSc Biology Majors/Honours Moodle Page for information about doing an honours, student job ads, and lots more!
- Find out what is happening on our News and Events page!
- Or just come and hang out in our student lounge BioCentre (A-106A)!