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Biology (BSc)

Outdoor Classrooms
Students have access to an outdoor laboratory right outside the classroom
Canada Research Chair
Dr. April James' research will help us plan, conserve, and manage the long-term sustainability of our freshwater resources.
Neuroscience Research
Psychology professor, Dr. Andrew Weeks, shares his knowledge on neuroplasticity with an undergraduate student in the lab
Student Research
Many students have access to graduate-level research as an undergraduate, giving them an advantage not found at most universities
Research that will help farmers
Dr. Ewa Cholewa's research pertains to shortening the growing season for plants, which is particularly meaningful to northern farmers

Biology and Environmental Biology and Technology programs involve the interdisciplinary study of the environmental sciences. These programs combine theoretical and practical studies in health sciences, chemistry, environmental science, ecology, genetics, geography, human biology, and technical statistics in such areas as water quality, environmental health, and ecology. Our state-of-the-art research facilities include a central analytical facility, a fully automated greenhouse, a three-acre field station, a confocal microscopy unit, animal care facilities, and a genomics/gene expression laboratory. Students within the Biology program have the opportunity to earn both an Honours Bachelor of Science degree and a Certificate in Neuroscience. Graduates of the Environmental Biology and Technology program receive both an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Nipissing, and an Environmental Technician Diploma from Canadore College.

Nipissing University's Biology programs have something to offer everyone. With an emphasis on ecology and field studies, Nipissing takes full advantage of the lakes and forests at its doorstep. Field trips and student projects are vital components of the Biology programs and most courses include a combination of lecture and laboratory instruction.

Biology students have the opportunity to learn in state-of-the-art facilities including teaching and research labs, an animal museum, a fish lab, a herbarium, and a spectacular roof-top greenhouse. Students can simply walk out the back door to take advantage of a wide-range of aquatic and forest environments on Nipissing University's 235 hectare campus. Algonquin Provincial Park, Massasauga Provincial Parks and the old-growth forests of Temagami are nearby and provide even more opportunities for teaching and research. Biology students also have access to the Nipissing-Alcan Environmental Research Preserve—the University's own wilderness preserve of over 300 hectares of lakes and forests within a half hour drive of campus.

An intensive field camp experience is offered to all fourth-year students taking an Honours Biology program. This unique excursion allows students to sample, collect and identify organisms and environmental data which contribute to a major report and presentation. The honours degree also includes a significant, faculty-supervised field or laboratory research project that involves a written dissertation. Past research projects have included planning for genetics experiments for upcoming Canadian Space Agency missions.

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