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Graduate Students

The Department of Biology offers a master's program in Integrative Biology. In conjunction with the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, it also offers a PhD program in Biological and Chemical Sciences.

MSc in Integrative Biology

The objective of the MSc program in Integrative Biology is to provide students with a transdisciplinary approach to biological research that allows them to explore the answers to complex questions from a perspective that bridges the traditional subdisciplines of biology, across diverse taxa, over time scales ranging from short (physiological) to long (evolutionary).

The MSc in Integrative Biology is a full-time program that is normally completed in six consecutive terms. Students may begin the program in May, September or January.
A thesis based on original research and defended before an examining committee is required of all students in the program. The program requires students to assemble the details of their research into a comprehensive explanation of biological phenomena.

In addition to the thesis, students are required to complete one mandatory 0.5 credit course (BI601 Research in Integrative Biology) plus one 0.5 credit graduate-level elective course.

Students must also attend four professional development workshops during their degree, two of which must be completed prior to the proposal defense. Laurier’s Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies offers numerous professional development workshops through the ASPIRE program.

Need Access to a Building?

If you're a graduate student, research assistant, doing a thesis, or otherwise need access to Faculty of Science buildings outside regular hours, fill out the Building Access Request Form for the Department of Biology.

Contact Us:

Melanie Whitwell, Senior Administrative Assistant

E: mwhitwell@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x2905
Office Location: Bricker Academic Building, Room BA401, Waterloo campus