Research Opportunities & Experiential Learning
Involvement in Research and Experiential Learning are integral to an undergraduate education in biology and marine biology. Dalhousie University is one of 15 research-intensive universities in Canada and offers many opportunities for hands-on learning. Below are several courses and two programs designed to allow students to conduct research and gain scientific skills by working outside-the-classroom in research labs, industry or government.
Independent Research Courses
Courses where students conduct supervised, independent research in Biology or Marine Biology subject areas.
- BIOL 4806 Independent Research I
- BIOL 4807 Independent Research II
- BIOL 4809 Independent Research III
- MARI 4806 Independent Research I
- MARI 4807 Independent Research II
- MARI 4809 Independent Research III
Experiential Learning Courses
Experiential Learning recognizes outside-of-classroom internships yielding a learning experience relevant to the program outside the scheduled curriculum.
- BIOL 3800 Experiential Learning
- MARI 3800 Experiential Learning
Enables students to study an area of Biology or Marine Biology not covered in other courses and usually involves a research component.
- BIOL 4810 Special Topics in Ecology
- BIOL 4811 Special Topics
SEASIDE summer courses
The SEASIDE program offers summer courses providing students with hands-on training in species identification, sampling, conducting research, and other practical skills.
- BIOL 3622 Ornithology
- BIOL 3626 Field Studies of Marine Mammals
- BIOL 3630 Field Methods in Animal Behaviour
- BIOL 3633 Spatial Information and GIS in Ecology
- MARI 3628 Marine Ornithology
- MARI 3626 Field Studies of Marine Mammals
- MARI 3633 Spatial Information and GIS in Ecology
Other research intensive courses
These are courses offered in the fall involving field work and/or lab work, data analysis and report writing.
- BIOL 3614 Field Ecology
- MARI 3604 Field Aquaculture
The Co-op program combines academic study with paid career-related work experience.
The Honours program gives students the opportunity to conduct a large research project over the course of a full academic year.