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Our Biology Program

With Algoma U being located in Sault Ste. Marie - a home to a diverse collection of natural systems - there’s no better place for students to explore the biological study of living things.

Taking the step to studying biology at Algoma U will grant you a pathway into one of the most mysterious disciplines left on the planet. Scientists estimate that there are between five and 40 million species on the earth, yet, scientists have only identified between one and two million species, meaning that there are still as many as 38 million species to be identified! If you have a questing mind, who seeks to invent, or are in search for answers to complicated questions about the human body, biology could be the perfect fit you.

Our campus location is surrounded by a diverse collection of natural systems. Within the city limits, there are large tracts of forests and fields, fast moving rivers, swamps, bogs, and even the shoreline of one of the world’s largest lakes: Lake Superior. Plus, our city is home to various wildlife including bears, cougars, lynx, moose, deer, fox, weasels, and various bird species. Not many cities can boast that kind of habitat diversity, or the biological diversity associated with it.  Though this breadth of biology can be intimidating, the family-feel of the program has helped motivate students tremendously.

Our program is designed to teach students how to be scientists. The skills required in science, the careful use of research, experimentation, logic, with an understanding of statistics and parsimony, are those that our students can apply to many aspect of their lives. Our past graduates have pursued a career path in research, healthcare, education, environmental management and conservation, museums, aquariums, zoos, parks, nature centres, biotechnology, forensic science, politics and policy, economics, business and industry, science writing, communication, and many more. The rest is your to discover!  

This program is offered under the written consent of the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities granted for the period from 09/17/2015 to 09/17/2022. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs (e.g. acceptable to potential employers, professional licensing bodies or other educational institutions).

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Partnerships

Ontario Forest Research Institute

At the Ontario Forestry Research Centre (OFRI), located in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, researchers at the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) main forest research unit pursue new insights about sustainable management of Ontario’s forests. Working with a range of partners, not only in Sault Ste. Marie but also in hundreds of field sites across the province, their research is focused on developing more effective ways to manage forests and ensure a healthy forest environment for all Ontarians.

OFRI’s research results are extremely valuable to those who develop MNR’s forest management policies and plans, but many others benefit as well, such as MNR field staff, Ontario’s forest industry, researchers with other agencies, and most important, the people of Ontario. The OFRI research facility, fully equipped with laboratories, greenhouses, and sophisticated growth chambers for incubating seedlings, houses about 50 Forest Research Staff, as well as staff from several other MNR units.

Great Lakes Forestry Centre

The Great Lakes Forestry Centre (GLFC) is part of the Canadian Forest Service (CFS). The CFS is a science-based policy organization within Natural Resources Canada, a Government of Canada department that helps shape the important contributions that the natural resources sector makes to the Canadian economy, society and environment.

The CFS promotes the responsible and sustainable development of Canada’s forests – development that meets current needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. For more than a century, it has met this responsibility by developing and sharing knowledge about forests and bringing stakeholders together to address regional, national and global forest issues.

The CFS is made up of research scientists, technicians, economists, policy analysts and other dedicated professionals. Whether conducting research in the field, performing tests in the lab or analyzing information and data, CFS staff are working to ensure a healthy forest and a strong forest sector for Canada.