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Bachelor of Science 4Yr Biology

St. Mary's University

St. Mary's University
The Bachelor of Science with a major in Biology is intended to provide students with the opportunity to pursue a program of study in biology with grounding in the other Liberal Arts. Students will master a depth of material and methodology to prepare them for graduate study, while acquiring a breadth of experience to maintain the flexibility of thinking and approach necessary for effective participation in a fluid and progressive society and workforce. Drawing on the existing strength of St. Mary's in the Liberal Arts, students will become broadly educated, grounded, practically-minded thinkers with experience in thinking across and outside disciplinary boundaries. This program will develop students' capacity for independent, critical thinking. A stress on connections between class experience and real-world application, incorporating realistic discovery-based laboratory experiences, will allow graduates of the program to move quickly and effectively into roles as active, productive biologists. As they grow within the program, students will develop the capacity for self-directed learning, culminating in an independent study project in their final year. Such an education serves to well prepare students for a wide array of careers, with roles from agriculture to biomedical laboratory research, from environmental consulting to veterinary medicine. Students will be prepared for further education, whether graduate work in biology, business, education, law, or medicine. The program will challenge students to consider the effect of science on society, and the effect of society on scientific thinking. Part of the development of a "well-educated, free human being" is ensuring that students recognize their responsibility to our community and our world, and this is a vital component of the program. In keeping with this sense of place, the courses comprising this program are informed by the setting of St. Mary's on the edge of Fish Creek Provincial Park, and in the larger landscape of Southern Alberta. Part of any thorough education in the natural sciences must consist of basic grasp of, and appreciation for, the natural resources in which this area is so rich. Students completing a BSc in Biology at St. Mary's will be independent, capable thinkers and doers, with an eye for the natural wealth of Alberta and a sense of responsibility to the people and the world around them.

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14500 Bannister Road S.E.
Calgary, Alberta, T2X1Z4, Canada

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  • Program Type Bachelor's
  • Credential Type Degree
  • Length 4 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements
Applicants in this category will adhere to the same admission requirements as for "High School Standing", but in addition must have each of the following subjects:
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • Mathematics 30-1 or equivalent
If deemed inadmissible to the Bachelor of Science program, admission will automatically be deferred to the Open Studies (non-degree) program.  

Application Deadline
Fall term applications open October 1. Last day to appy for Fall admission August 31. Last day to apply for Winter admission December 31.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2023/08/01 to 2024/07/31*.

  • Tuition $8,820.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,000.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,565.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Alberta Student Aid and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

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Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Not available

Updated January 20, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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