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Department of Biological Sciences


Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences

Biological sciences delve into the world of living organisms — from microbes, to human beings, to entire ecosystems. It is the science of life on, under and above earth.

The Department of Biological Sciences provides you with hands-on learning, moving you beyond textbooks and lectures to engaging research projects. Biology is a research-intensive science that can lead to a wide range of study areas, like environmental work, medicine, microbiology or agriculture. Exploring the nature of life leads biologists out into the world where they study how organisms interact with their environment, how they function and how they evolved over time.

Department Highlights

Parasitic worm manipulating ants into zombie-like behaviour the focus of recent U of L study

A new study co-authored by the University of Lethbridge’s Dr. Cam Goater and graduate student Dr. Brad van Paridon (BSc ’10, PhD ’17) is beginning to unlock the evolution of one of the most captivating and complex parasite life cycles in nature.

In a paper published in this week’s issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Goater, van Paridon, Dr. John Gilleard (University of Calgary) and collaborator Dr. Charles Criscione (Texas A&M University) assess the genetic relationships of a parasitic worm to help explain how they take over the brains of ants, effectively manipulating them into zombies as they seek to complete their life cycle.

Chad Beck

Future med student, Chad is immersed in world-class research

Fourth-year biological sciences student, Chad Beck has been fully immersed in research throughout his studies at uLethbridge. Using natural products, like plants, he’s been looking for a chemical that inhibits cancer cells from growing. At uLethbridge, undergraduate students have the opportunity to participate in world-class research that is most often reserved for graduate students at other institutions.

Future med student, Chad is immersed in world-class research

Research Internship Concentration

Research Internship Concentration

Imagine being the first to discover something about a gene, a cell, an organism or an ecosystem! The Research Internship Concentration allows you to make discovery through biological research an integral part of your university program.

In your first year, after an orientation to the tools necessary to conduct research in one of the many biological sub-fields, you will be participating in unique and current research projects. Each subsequent year will build on these skills with an emphasis on designing, carrying out, and presenting the results from research projects under the guidance of faculty and graduate students.  You will also have the opportunity to carry out independent research by choosing to do Independent Studies or an Undergraduate Thesis in your final year.


Career Bridge | Co-operative Education & Applied Studies

Career Bridge


Put Your Knowledge to Work 

Whether you’re looking for a more in-depth learning experience by assisting with research projects on campus or by testing your knowledge in a real-life work setting, we can help! The programs available in the Career Bridge office will provide you with a solid foundation for further studies and an excellent framework for a challenging and rewarding career — whatever direction you decide to go. Explore career options, participate in research and develop skills that complement your degree.

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