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Marine Biology

Dalhousie’s University’s world-renowned Marine Biology program continues to make waves in a time when understanding our planet’s hydrosphere is critical. Superb facilities, ocean-wide research projects and field-based courses cultivate passionate and empowered students with a deep understanding of underwater ecosystems.

Student skills

  • Underwater natural resource use
    and management
  • Fisheries and aquaculture history
    and sustainability
  • Ecology and evolution of aquatic life
  • Population dynamics, conservation and ecosystem support
  • Aquatic physics, chemistry and engineering
  • Research methods, statistics
    and ecology
  • Laboratory procedures and use of
    advanced equipment
  • Sample gathering and live
    specimen handling
  • Data collection and assessment

Industries

  • Marine and coastal conservation
  • Government environment offices
  • Eco-tourism
  • Youth science workshops
  • Fisheries and oceans research
  • Education

Past roles

  • Research assistant
  • Lab technician
  • Field technician
  • Animal care technician
  • Conservation officer assistant
  • Instrumentation assistant
  • Youth science instructor
  • Commentator
  • Land stewardship assistant

Past employers

  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Nova Scotia Nature Trust
  • Environment Canada
  • Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
  • Murphy’s Nature & Whale Watching
  • SuperNOVA Science Workshops

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  

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

Coursework

Courses completed prior to work term 1

  • Principles of Biology 1 & 2
  • Introduction to Chemistry 1 & 2
  • Calculus
  • 2 Social sciences
  • 2 Languages / Humanities
  • Calculus or Statistics
  • Cell Biology
  • Diversity 1 & 2
  • Ecology
  • The Blue Planet
  • 2 electives
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • The Blue Planet

Additional courses completed prior to work term 2

  • 2+ Marine Biology 3000 level classes
  • 3+ electives

Additional courses completed prior to work term 3

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

Additional courses completed prior to graduation

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

Hourly $ 15.55
Weekly $ 576.00

Department

Faculty of Science: Marine Biology website.