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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.

Enrolment Services Office
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 applying directly from high school will have graduated from high school and must have achieved a minimum of a 65% average on 5 specific 30-level subjects including English 30-1. The full list of academic subjects is available in our academic calendar. Other admissions categories include: post-secondary, mature, international and visiting standing.

Standard First-Year Admission Requirements

Application Deadline

First Day Applications Accepted
October 1

Last Day Applications Accepted

April 30 Arts and Science Programs Spring/Summer Term
August 1 Arts and Science Programs Fall Term (for following year)
December 31 Arts and Science Programs Winter Term (for following year)



Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Alberta Student Aid for the funding year 2024/08/01 to 2025/07/31*.

  • Tuition $9,000.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $2,000.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,583.00 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

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

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

Updated November 07, 2023. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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