Laurier Biology is an exceptional centre of learning and research, strongly committed to meeting the challenges of contemporary biology by fostering the integration of all levels of biological organization from molecules, organelles, cells, tissues and organs to organisms, populations, species, and ecosystems.
Rather than “taking apart” the complex interactions that occur in and among biological systems and studying them separately, we aim towards a “putting together” approach meant to reflect better the intricate biological reality of life on earth. Teaching and research in biological systems and their interactions are conducted under three major interlocking interdisciplinary themes:
- Cell, molecular and microbial biology and genetics;
- Biodiversity, evolution and ecology;
- Physiology and toxicology.
Our graduates are noted for their ability to identify and articulate the most pressing biological issues facing society, to pinpoint the key elements of those issues, and to devise appropriate and effective strategies to tackle the necessary research as well as to implement the resulting solutions. Our graduates are full, active, and eager participants in their society.
- Academic excellence: Our commitment to high standards of academic achievement and integrity.
- Creativity: The creation of new knowledge.
- Collegiality: Fostering a learning community of students, staff and faculty.
- Dedication: To creating the conditions that allow all of our students to articulate, refine, and achieve their goals.
- Integration: Of form and function at every level of biological organization.
We typically hire instructional assistants (IAs) to assist teaching assistants (TAs) in the labs and tutorials each term. These positions are determined by the lab co-ordinators. If you are interested, please fill out the Biology IA Application Form.
- Fall term: June 30
- Winter term: Nov. 15
- Spring/summer: Mar. 10
Research assistantship agreements are made between the faculty member and student and normally comes about as a result of students being in one or many of the faculty member’s courses. The student may begin by volunteering in the faculty member’s lab, which can lead to a paid research position.
Laurier Biology Association
The purpose of the Laurier Biology Association (LBA) is to provide a source of unity to all biology students across the many branches of the subject and facilitate interactions between other science-based faculties. Joining the LBA is easy! Simply email us with your name and Laurier email so we may add you to our club mailing list to receive updates on events and meetings. Then come out to our events to begin enjoying the benefits of being part of a top Laurier club.
Faculty of Science Students' Association
The Faculty of Science Students’ Association (FOSSA) is a group of science students that hope to provide a diverse and enlightening experience to the Laurier science community. See our website or email us.