Welcome to Biology!

Get the opportunity to see research brought to life in the first and only bilingual Biology BSc in Southern Ontario. With the program’s focus on ecology, evolution and ethology, you’ll gain top skills needed for bilingual careers related to the environment, conservation, environmental health and its connection to human health — and as the world continues to focus on public health and environmental issues, bilingual biology and health science graduates who can work in the science professions are in increasing demand. You’ll learn from and work alongside internationally known professors, including Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada–funded faculty, who make use of our beautiful, forested campus as a natural teaching environment.  

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Skills You'll Learn

  • Comprehend detailed scientific material 
  • Perform lab and field work  
  • Gather data, formulate hypotheses, test predictions and interpret results  
  • Write scientific reports and research articles  
  • Understand how the application of the scientific method to biological studies allows valuable insights into the workings of the natural world, which lead to a better understanding of major ecological, environmental, and health-related processes.


As a Biology graduate, you are well-equipped to become a leader and changemaker. You can choose to pursue graduate studies or obtain additional qualifications. Here are a few examples of possible career paths:  

  • Biologist 
  • Doctor  
  • Veterinarian 
  • Biology technician 
  • Research scientist 
  • Biology professor 
  • Teacher 
  • Conservation biologist  
  • Zookeeper  
  • Environmental consultant  
  • Field ecologist  

Visit the Career Centre for more career options in Biology. 

Hands-On Experiences

Apply the concepts and theories you’re studying to real-world challenges. Engage in guided practical experiences in the classroom, workplace, community and abroad. These are some opportunities for Biology students. 

  • Partake in advanced research opportunities rarely offered to undergraduates — you’ll regularly test research, learn theory through practice (such as on-campus insect sampling) and help drive entrepreneurship and innovation in your field 
  • Enrol in a field course in Toronto or Quebec  
  • Take part in YU ROC!, a student-led biodiversity monitoring program on campus  
  • Join the Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots – Glendon Chapter 
  • Participate in a professor’s research project or develop your own  

Admission Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent, with average* of mid to high 70s 
  • Minimum of 6 4U or 4M courses, including 4U English (ENG4U) or FRA4U 
  • A combination of U and M courses; OACs are accepted  
  • SBI4U, SCH4U and MHF4U are required; SPH4U is recommended  

*Average is calculated based on the top six 4U; 4M or DU courses 

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Student Supports & Programs

Glendon Campus prides itself on being a supportive community that goes the extra mile to ensure you get the help you need. See some of the resources Biology students use the most. 

Frost Library, Academic Advising, Language Training Centre for Studies in French, Glendon’s ESL Open Learning Centre, Career and Skills Development Centre, Peer Mentor opportunities, field work opportunities on our forested campus.  

Meet Your Professors

You’ll learn from and get to know professors who are internationally recognized for their teaching and research. Professor Radu Guiasu has expertise in areas such as freshwater ecology, animal behaviour, conservation biology, invasive species, and evolutionary biology.  

Professor Jocelyn Martel studies insect-plant interactions and specializes in fields such as entomology and botany. Professor Laura McKinnon studies the biology of arctic birds and has expertise in avian ecology and urban ecology. Professor Valerie Schoof is a primatologist, and an expert on primate behaviour and physiology. Dr. Spencer Mukai is an expert on molluscan endocrinology and physiology.

Spencer Mukai

York Hall 344
416-736-2100 x 88294

Kyle Belozerov

York Hall 163A
416-736-2100 x 88173

Michael Cardinal-Aucoin

York Hall 163A
416-736-2100 x 88173 mdca@yorku.ca

Gaspard Montandon

York Hall 160 416-736-2100 x 88281 (Administration) gasp@yorku.ca

Antoine Reginensi

York Hall 163A
416-736-2100 x 88173 antoiner@yorku.ca

Hanane Zaidi

York Hall 160 416-736-2100 x 88281 (Administration) hananeyk@yorku.ca

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