Biology (BSc)

Biology is the study of life, and this program offers students exciting opportunities to explore and enhance their understanding of the world in which we live.

By choosing to study biology at Acadia you will work closely with your professors to explore all facets of life – from molecules to ecosystems and from marine to arctic terrestrial systems.

A key component of many labs is the study of whole organisms. Acadia offers a balance of state-of-the art indoor and outdoor laboratory experiences, enhanced by the diversity of local habitats, as well as preserved specimens available from the E.C. Smith Herbarium and Acadia Wildlife Museum.

You will tackle current issues with hands-on learning that integrates theory, techniques, and practical approaches to biology. Our research programs immerse students in a diverse array of topics. Developing critical thinking skills and communicating science are key aspects in our teaching philosophy. Biology students graduate with a comprehensive understanding of whole-organism biology and competency in scientific methodology developed through a process of creativity, independence and ownership of the learning process.

Our small upper-level classes, focus on student-centred learning, and dedication to undergraduate research are only a few of the reasons why so many of our graduates move on to successful careers in the health sciences, environment, education, wildlife, industry, and government.

Be Inspired

Acadia is located near tidal mud flats of the Bay of Fundy (named one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World) and within the Annapolis Valley, so our location provides you with access to a variety of ecosystems including aquatic, wetland, farm, and forest. These habitats are used in field-based course work to give you a balance of outdoor and indoor laboratory experiences throughout the year.

Many of our research programs are community-driven, providing an enhanced, real-world experience for you. The Biology Building is the newest academic building on Acadia’s campus and is built to Gold Level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) standards set by the Canada Green Building Council – a first for academic science buildings in Atlantic Canada. The building uses geothermal energy, recycled rainwater, automatic sensor lights, and other environmental innovations. Students also work alongside professors in the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre – one of our most beautiful architectural features, a student favourite, and a nationally-recognized centre of excellence. 

Future Careers

  • Aquatic ecologist
  • Biology teacher or professor
  • Biomedical researcher
  • Botanist
  • Conservation biologist
  • Dentist
  • Geneticist
  • Lab technician
  • Pharmacist
  • Physical therapist
  • Physician
  • Surgeon
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife ecologist
  • Zoologist

First Year at a Glance

Fall Semester

BIOL 1113 and BIOL 1110L
Organisms & their Environment 1, with Lab
CHEM 1013 and CHEM 1010L
Fundamental Chemistry 1, with Lab
MATH 1253 and MATH 1250L (Statistics 1, with Lab)

Your Choice
Your Choice

Winter Semester

BIOL 1123 and BIOL 1120L
Organisms & their Environment 2
CHEM 1023 and CHEM 1020L
Fundamental Chemistry 2
Your Choice
Your Choice
Your Choice

Co-op Available: Yes

Health Sciences Option Available: Yes

Honours: Thesis-based, with research

Get Involved:
Acadia Biology Society
Acadia Environmental Society
Acadia Pre-Health Society
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE)


Biology Department
Biology Building, Room 302
33 Westwood Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6