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Plants and Animals

Students on a day trip to Cranberry Cove have fun exploring the diversity of the local flora and fauna.



Exploring the diversity of life

"The cuttlefish was the coolest!" says Abdul Rahman Bensalim. In a second-year Biology course, he learned about how the cuttlefish's nervous system triggers certain cells to change colour and shape.



Birds, spiders—and a horseshoe crab

The Thomas McCulloch Museum holds a Victorian-style collection of animal specimens, as well as the Lorenzen ceramic mushroom collection.


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Learning from the lace plant

Dr. Arunika Gunawardena works with both graduate and undergraduate students in her lace plant laboratory, researching programmed cell death.


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"On a breaking wave"

Through his research into oceans conservation and his outreach efforts, Dr. Boris Worm spreads awareness of the importance of ocean sustainability.


Program snapshot

Top 7 reasons to study Biology at Dalhousie:

  1. Our professors are world-renowned researchers—and excellent teachers who can inspire you to excel.
  2. The Biology Department’s core courses ensure you’ll be exposed to key subject areas in preparation for more advanced study.
  3. Dal’s Biology Department offers the widest range of biology courses in Atlantic Canada.
  4. You’ll have access to department's herbarium and greenhouse, where cacti, succulents, and other plants are grown for display, and for use in teaching and research.
  5. Take advantage of the Thomas McCulloch Museum, with its important collection of mounted birds dating back to the 1830s, as well as sea shells, tropical fish, and the Lorenzen ceramic mushroom collection.
  6. You’ll be near downtown Halifax—but you’ll also be close to the seashore and Nova Scotia’s numerous lakes, forests, bogs, marshes, and meadows, for field study and exploration.
  7. Explore a number of bursaries and scholarships for new and returning students, as well as funding opportunities for students interested in research.

What will I learn?


You’ll learn about the physical and biological processes affecting the life and death of genes, cells, individuals, populations, species, and ecosystems. In tutorials and labs, you’ll have opportunities for hands-on exploration. And on field trips, you’ll experience Nova Scotia's biodiversity.

What can I do?

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Studying Biology at Dal can prepare you for satisfying careers in diverse disciplines. You might find employment in anything from zoology to forensic biology. Or you might decide you’d like to become a prof, balancing teaching with your own research project.