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Changing your major

How to mix Marine Biology with another field of study

A Bachelor of Arts with a second major in Marine Biology? You can do that at Dalhousie. It might surprise you to discover that you can combine completely different fields of study into one degree.

There are a variety of ways to combine a major in Marine Biology with many other academic programs. It’s no more difficult than doing a regular Marine Biology degree, and provides you with a formidable combination of two skill sets to take into the job market.

Combinations to consider:


Bachelor of Science

Double major or combined honours: As part of a double major or combined honours program, Marine Biology can be combined with any other Faculty of Arts or Science major or honours subjects. If it is combined with an Arts subject, a larger number of credits must be taken in Marine Biology.

Minors: There are also a number of minor programs that can be combined with Marine Biology through the Bachelor of Science program. These are: Business, Canadian Studies, Community Design, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Film Studies, Food Science, Journalism Studies, Law and Society, and Management.

Bachelor of Engineering

Bachelor of Science students can complete a Bachelor of Engineering degree concurrently with their science program. Students in this program complete the equivalent of a three-year Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and a Bachelor of Engineering in a period of five to six calendar years, depending on whether or not a co-op program is selected for Engineering.

Bachelor of Arts

In the Bachelor of Arts program, Marine Biology can be combined with most of the Arts or Science major or honours subjects.