Biology (BA)

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Program Details

Combine liberal arts with life sciences. With a BA in Biology, you can connect your passion for biology with other disciplines in the arts, social sciences and humanities. Many of the challenges we face today, from environmental decline to the demand for new health therapies, require biological solutions.

Study diverse and exciting subjects in Biology: biological data, cell biology, ecology, plant biochemistry, human anatomy and genetics.

We also offer a Bachelor of Science in Biology, an interdisciplinary Bachelor of Humanities and Biology (Combined Honours), and a minor in Biology.

Capital Advantage

The Ottawa area is home to several environmental and biotechnology companies. Many Ottawa-based government departments are involved with the research that leads to environmental legislation and regulations.

Ottawa is also home to one of the nation’s significant clusters of companies conducting research in medical, agricultural and environmental biotechnology. Collaborations with these organizations, as well as with the National Capital Commission, national museums and National Research Council Canada, provide an unparalleled background as you study Biology at Carleton.

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Career Outcomes

Explore your passions, refine new skills and discover the career that’s right for you.

Our graduates are prepared for direct entry into careers across a wide range of careers.

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Sample Courses

BIOL 1103 - Foundations of Biology I

A research-oriented course focusing on the scientific process of biological exploration at the cellular level. Topics include cell organization, metabolism, genetics, and reproduction.

BIOL 3205 - Plant Biochemistry and Physiology

A lecture and laboratory course consisting of selected topics in metabolism and physiology of plants, including photosynthesis, nutrient uptake and transport, intermediary and secondary metabolism, germination, growth and development.

Visit the Undergraduate Calendar to view a comprehensive list of course offerings for this program and discover the exciting things Carleton students are learning in the classroom!

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