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Biology

Building on the most comprehensive program of its kind in Atlantic Canada, Dalhousie Biology co-op students seek to address today’s most critical needs, including biodiversity, conservation, and cutting-edge genetic science. Dalhousie’s state-of-the-art facilities and passionate faculty nurture a foundation of knowledge fundamental to veterinary science, medicine, dentistry, zoology, and forensics.

Student skills

  • In-field data collection & management
  • Plasmid preparation & isolation
  • Physiology of animals, cells, bacteria, viruses & fungi
  • Reagent & medium preparation
  • Bacterial identification & numeration
  • PCR & gel electrophoresis
  • Viral isolation & enumeration
  • Western blots, Southern transfers & DNA hybridization
  • Species identification using taxonomic keys
  • Smear preparations & staining techniques
  • Quantitative & qualitative sampling techniques
  • Dissection techniques
  • Light & dissecting microscopy
  • Aseptic technique & culture of microorganisms
  • Speciation, phylogeny & evolutionary patterns
  • Environmental & behavioural ecology
  • Conservation biology, environmental ethics & sustainability
  • Sample gathering & live specimen handling

Industries

  • Public water commissions
  • Breweries
  • University research
  • Eco-tourism
  • Pediatrics
  • Nature conservation
  • Pest control
  • Brewery technician

Past roles

  • Environmental impact assessment researcher
  • Land stewardship assistant
  • Animal care technician
  • Restoration field technician
  • Youth science workshop instructor
  • Research assistant
  • Bio-culture analyst
  • Nature commentator

Past employers

  • Deep River Science Academy
  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust
  • Murphy’s Nature & Whale Watching
  • Halifax Water Commission
  • Oland Brewery
  • SuperNOVA Science
  • IWK Health Centre

Work term schedule

  Fall Winter Summer
2nd year Study Study Work term 1
3rd year Study Work term 2 Study
4th year Work term 3 Study Break
5th year Study Graduation  

Biology co-op student work term schedules may vary from the example displayed above.

Coursework

Course completed prior to work term 1

  • Principles of Biology 1 & 2
  • Introduction to Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Calculus
  • 8 electives
  • Calculus or Statistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Diversity 1 & 2
  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Evolution

Additional courses completed prior to work term 2

  • 2+ Biology 3000 level classes
  • 3+ electives

Additional courses completed prior to work term 3

  • 2+ Biology 3000 level classes (field classes)
  • 3+ electives

Additional courses completed prior to graduation

  • 4+ Biology 3000 level classes
  • 6+ electives
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Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $ 15.39
Weekly $ 569.00

Department

Faculty of Science: Biology website.