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Undergraduate Programs

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Undergraduate Degrees

The study of Biology encompasses any manifestation of life, from the DNA molecule to the interactions of organisms within the various ecosystems of the earth. This broad discipline includes the subject areas of Botany, Zoology, Microbiology, Ecology, Genetics and Molecular Biology.

The Biology Department offers the 3-Year BSc, 4-Year BSc, and BSc Honours degrees. Two additional degree options available are the University of Winnipeg/Red River College 4-Year BSc in Applied Biology, and a Co-operative Program that combines a 3-Year BSc Degree in Biology with a diploma in Chemical and Biosciences Technology.

Students pursuing a 3-year or 4-year BSc in Biology have the opportunity to take a Business Stream – a set of core courses in the Faculty of Business that will provide them with the skills needed to enter and succeed in industry and business. See the "Science with a Business Stream" section of this Course Calendar.

In addition, courses in Biology constitute the core of the Environmental Studies Forest Ecology Program, the Forest Policy and Management Program, and the Biochemistry Program.

A BSc in Biology can lead to employment in Conservation or other government departments, work as a technologist in a research or industrial laboratory, as well as a career in education. It also provides the preparation necessary for those entering several professional programs including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy and Optometry.

Many Biology graduates also pursue post-graduate education. The necessary academic preparation for post-graduate studies is only provided by the 4-Year and Honours degrees in Biology. The 3-Year BSc and the Applied Biology degrees are not recognized as adequate preparation by most Graduate Studies Programs in Canada or internationally. 


Applied Biology offered with Red River College

Applied Biology focuses on the study of molecular and cellular biology, and is designed to address the need for qualified biotechnologists in Manitoba. You’ll develop the necessary laboratory skills required for the job, and the theoretical background to expand investigation, troubleshoot, or take a leadership role in the laboratory. Choose from either a traditional program or a co-operative option, which includes three to four paid work terms, for a total of 12 months on-the-job work experience.

Pre-Professional Program Fact Sheets

In contrast to other university degree programs, professional programs are designed to prepare students for specific careers in areas such Medicine or Optometry. Many professional programs require the completion of some study before you apply for admission to the program. This is the pre-professional component of your studies. The University of Winnipeg provides courses that can be used to fulfill the admission requirements for professional programs at other Canadian universities.

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