Most of our students have the opportunity to work in a research lab or for a local company as volunteers, student workers, through our internship courses and the capstone thesis. Several of our students publish their research in scientific journals.
The School of Life Sciences and the Environment (SLSE) delivers top-quality academic programming in Biology, Psychology, and Environmental Science. SLSE programs are built to help students develop critical thinking skills allowing them to contribute solutions to current challenges facing humanity in the twenty-first century. The SLSE prides itself on exceptional faculty/student relationships. Our small class-sizes allow students to get to know their professors,
and meet with them regularly to ensure that they are reaching their goals. Our professors are there to help students if they are struggling, and to help them grow throughout their academic careers. The School of Life Sciences and the Environment provides relevant high-quality education with a particular focus on getting students involved in the research process.
Consequently, our graduates leave Algoma University feel like they have truly become scientists. Many graduates report that this experience greatly prepared them for their careers.
Work with World-Class Researchers
Algoma University has world-class researchers. Our researchers bring in millions of dollars in research grants, and students in our programs have the opportunity to interact with these researchers, learn from them both formally and informally, and even conduct research in their labs. Over the last eight years, our undergraduate students have published 28 research papers in the peer reviewed scientific literature. In the SLSE, we understand that to become a great researcher, you need to learn from and train with great researchers.
Become a Scientist
Our goal is for every graduate to leave our program feeling like they have become a scientist. To accomplish this, we have structured our programs to focus on teaching students the scientific method, how to use data and statistics to address scientific hypotheses, as well as basic and advanced laboratory techniques. Students can hone their research skills in weekly lab sessions, during internship courses, or while working on an Honours Thesis project. We get students doing science, so when they graduate, they feel like scientists.
Find your Passion
We know that our incoming students have only scratched the surface in their scientific education. Our programs give students exposure to the breadth of topics that span Biology, Psychology, and Environmental Sciences. Students have the chance to explore many topics within their field of study, and then choose electives that match their interests later in their degree program. This approach ensures that students are given the chance to discover what they enjoy in their program, and pursue it. This approach differs from more specialized undergraduate programs where if a student wishes to pursue a new direction, they must start over. Science is about discovery – discover your passion in Algoma’s School of Life Sciences and the Environment.
|Bachelor of Science - Biology||SSM||Gr. 12 English & Math, Two Gr. 12 Sciences from Biology, Chemistry or Physics|
|Bachelor of Science - Environmental Science||SSM||Gr. 12 English & Math Two Gr. 12 Sciences from Biology, Chemistry or Physics|
|Bachelor of Science - Psychology||SSM||Gr. 12 English & Math, Two Gr. 12 Sciences from Biology, Chemistry or Physics|
|Bachelor of Arts - Psychology||SSM/BRAM||Gr. 12 English|
Staff & Faculty
Our staff and faculty are experts in their field. Get to know them!
Dr. Brandon Schamp
Head of the School of Life Sciences and the EnvironmentView Full Bio
Dr. István Imre
Acting Academic DeanView Full Bio
Dr. Pedro Antunes
Professor and Canada Research Chair Tier II in Invasive Species BiologyView Full Bio
Dr. Jennifer Foote
Associate Professor, Department ChairView Full Bio
Dr. Isabel Molina
Associate Professor and Research Chair in Natural Products BiochemistryView Full Bio
Dr. Cheryl Reed-Elder
Associate Professor, Chair of Sciences FacultyView Full Bio
Dr. David Brodbeck
Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Laurie Bloomfield
Faculty Chair, SciencesView Full Bio
Dr. Arthur Perlini
ProfessorView Full Bio
Dr. Paul Dupuis
Department Chair, PsychologyView Full Bio
Dr. Dwayne Keough
Associate ProfessorView Full Bio
Biology Lab Coordinator, Part Time Faculty MemberView Full Bio
Administrative Assistant, Head of Life Sciences and the EnvironmentView Full Bio
Dr. Nirosha Murugan
Assistant Professor (Health Sciences)View Full Bio
Dr. William Dew (Bill)
Assistant Professor in Environmental ScienceView Full Bio
“My experiences in the Biology program at Algoma U’s School of Life Sciences & the Environment, specifically my time as a research assistant, ignited a passion for research that I continue to pursue today at the University of Waterloo School of Pharmacy. I was able to develop a deeper understanding of the methods that underly scientific experiments, and even learned basic coding skills using statistical software. I also secured an Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Undergraduate Student Research Award (USRA) allowing for the opportunity to conduct a unique research project with Dr. Schamp’s team during a summer work term. These experiences opened many doors for me in Pharmacy school.”
Graduate, Bachelor of Science, Biology (2016), PharmD Candidate