Biology is the study of life.

Biology is a natural science concerned with the study of all living organisms. Although living organisms share some unifying themes, such as their origin from the same basic cellular structure and their molecular basis of inheritance, they are diverse in many other aspects. This diversity of life leads to many divisions in biological science. Biologists look at such topics as origins, structure, function, reproduction, growth and development, behaviour and evolution of different organisms. In addition, biologists consider how living organisms interact with each other, and the environment, on an individual as well as a group basis.

What can I do with a Biology Degree from CBU?

A Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Cape Breton University offers a sound foundation for a wide variety of professional careers in fields including, but not limited to, Business, Conservation, Education, Health Care, Natural Resources, and Technology.  Students who obtain a four-year BSc or a four-year BSc Honours in Biology are also very well prepared to go on to graduate studies to pursue Research or Academic careers in any branch of biology.Slide1

Testimonials from CBU Biology Graduates

Justin MacLellan BSc Biology 2014

Justin MacLellan BSc Biology 2014

My decision to study biology during my undergraduate degree at Cape Breton University was important for many reasons. The great variety of courses offered in the program allowed me to gain invaluable laboratory experience and skills in a number of scientific disciplines. The small class sizes translated to pronounced learning opportunities in laboratory settings, where instructors could closely monitor each student’s work while still allowing us to maintain autonomy in carrying out various procedures. Laboratory experiences at CBU brought clarity to key scientific concepts learned in lecture, allowed me to identify and understand the practical relevance of principles from a variety of domains, and sharpened my analytical skills.

Attaining laboratory competence so early in my professional career was integral to my development as a researcher upon graduation from CBU. Having completed courses that focused on experimental design and statistical analysis, I felt prepared to pursue a master’s degree in an area outside of biology. Although transitioning to graduate studies was an experience of ongoing learning, I feel that the fundamental research skills learned during my time as a CBU Biology student laid the foundation for my growth as a research student.

I have recently submitted my master’s thesis in sport psychology at the University of Ottawa, for which I had the great honour of working under the co-supervision of Dr. Bettina Callary, a faculty member at CBU. I am extremely grateful for the opportunities presented to me, and acknowledge that they were facilitated largely through my decision to attend this great university. I am currently working toward gaining acceptance to medical school and, in my preparations, am returning to the fundamental concepts learned in CBU’s biology program.



Candice Stapleton BSc Biology Honours 1997

I’m currently working as a Physiotherapist in Senior’s Health at Rockyview General Hospital in Calgary. It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 20 years (19 to be exact) since I graduated from CBU! There were many advantages of attending Cape Breton University for my undergraduate degree. Hands down, the small class size allowed the professors and lab instructors to know you by name, and the faculty really seemed to care about your well-being and progress. This also opened up opportunities to work in their labs doing research and led to great references for jobs in the biology field and letters of recommendation for my master’s degree.

And even though CBU is a smaller school, there were plenty of courses to choose from, not only within the Department of Biology but within other departments as well. It really allowed me a chance to follow interests across many fields of study, and I had no problem obtaining all of the prerequisites for entry to the Masters of Science in Physiotherapy degree (at the University of Toronto).

You’re sure to find something you like there. Small class sizes, a variety of programs and courses, and friendly faculty are all highlights of the school. Also don’t forget to check out the extracurricular programs and student societies as these add to the student experience! I think it’s really important to be a part of a club, especially when you live off-campus, to get the full university experience and really connect with a group of people that will become your best friends over the next 4 years. I have fond memories of the student-led Biology Society, it was so fun to be part of a group which not only promoted learning through field trips and attendance at the Science Atlantic Conference, but was a great social environment for getting to know peers and faculty better. Having a community like this was especially important in times of stress and made the whole university experience that much more enjoyable.