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Inside the classroom

A day in the life

Inside the classroom

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You can hold real, live specimens and learn about them.

A fine specimen - hands on in the touch tank


How can we conserve endangered species, like Atlantic salmon populations? What are the migration patterns of porbeagle sharks and other vulnerable species? In the courses offered in Dal’s Marine Biology program, you’ll explore the answers to these and other important questions.

Your discovery of the oceans begins with dynamic, informative classroom-based lectures. But your education won’t stop there—courses in the Marine Biology program also have tutorial or lab components that allow you to apply your learning in different situations.

Inside the laboratory


Students in the Marine Biology program love getting into the lab. “You can hold real, live specimens and learn about them,” says one second-year student. “It’s great because they give you access to all the specimens to learn about them as much as you can before they quiz you on it. ‘Here’s what you should see and know’—but also, you have some choice."

The same student describes studying a live worm: “It had these tentacles—first it was all curled up in a ball, but then suddenly the tentacles were covering the bowl. It was neat to see it happen in front of your eyes—those worms are usually buried in the sand.” She adds that “the touch tank is there all day—you can spend an hour after class playing with the animals in the touch tank.”