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 and management
  • Sample gathering and live specimen handling
  • Species identification
  • Dissection techniques
  • Microscopy
  • Bioinformatics
  • Conservation biology, environmental ethics and sustainability
  • Environmental and behavioural ecology
  • Aseptic technique and tissue culture
  • Gene expression and protein chemistry techniques


  • Public water commissions
  • Breweries
  • Academic/Scientific Labs
  • 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

Example of a 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.



Please reach out to the Biology Faculty Co-op Advisor to discuss recommended coursework.

Average pay rates during co-op

Hourly $20.00


Faculty of Science: Biology website.