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Department of Biological Sciences

BI 186, BioSci Building
University of Calgary
2500 University Dr NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4 Canada
T. 403.220.5261


The Department of Biological Sciences offers programs in Biochemistry, General Biology, Cellular Molecular and Microbial Biology (CMMB), Ecology, Plant Biology and Zoology. We also offers a number of minor programs and combined degree programs.


Explores the chemistry of living organisms and the molecular basis for the changes occurring in living cells. Students obtain the education necessary to unravel the complex chemical reactions that occur in various life forms.

Biological Sciences

The programs in biological sciences allow students to develop an overview of several aspects of life. These programs permit students to tailor their program to aspects of the biological sciences that are not served by the other programs offered by the department. Find out about detailed descriptions of each of these programs.

Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology

CMMB provides students with a strong foundation in contemporary microbiology and cell biology, with particular emphasis on molecular mechanisms that regulate cell function.


Allows students to study the processes that determine the distribution and abundance of plants, animals and microbes in natural and human-modified environments. Students learn the principles that underlie the structure and function of ecological systems and mechanisms responsible for the diversity of life on our planet. Students may participate in Co-operative Education as part of their Ecology Program.

Plant Biology

Offers students a wide variety of plant biology courses, including courses in plant relationships (systematics), structure (morphology), function (physiology) and development, and in the emerging area of plant biotechnology and molecular biology. Students complete this program with a broad appreciation of plant biology.


Introduces students to structure (morphology), function (physiology) and relatedness (systematics) among different groups of animals. Advanced courses provide a broad perspective on comparative and integrative animal biology.

Minor Program

A Minor in Biological Sciences is available to students who are not majoring in the Department of Biological Sciences or are not Environmental Science or Natural Sciences concentrators in Biological Sciences or BHSc majors in Biomedical Sciences or Bioinformatics or majors in the Neuroscience program.  See more details.