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

Dr. Julie Lee-Yaw

PUBlic Professor Series | Dr. Julie Lee-Yaw

Join biological sciences professor, Dr. Julie Lee-Yaw, as she explores

The secrets of salamanders: what can amphibians teach us about environmental change and resilience?

POSTPONED: We have made the difficult decision to reschedule this talk until we can resume the PUBlic Professor Series in the format it was always intended, in person. We miss you and can't wait to see you again at the Sandman Signature Lethbridge Lodge to socialize and share while connecting with research experts across disciplines from the University of Lethbridge. Once the PUBlic Professor Series returns, talks will be delivered in person and live-streamed for those who cannot attend. Thank you for your continued support of the series.

Cows on the Planet Podcast

Funding from the Beef Cattle Research Council (BCRC) has allowed Dr. Kim Stanford and her collaborators to produce a series of podcasts called Cows on the Planet. These podcasts explore science-based information on beef, cattle, and their environmental impact. Seven podcasts have already been produced with the most recent one dropping on September 9, 2021 where Dr. Tim McAllister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada discusses "super-bugs", antibiotic use by cattle, and his work comparing antimicrobial resistance in cattle and people.

Important Information for Registering for Courses

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 While some courses like Biol 1010 and 1020 are offered in both the fall and spring semester, many other required classes are only offered once a year.  As such it is important to plan ahead and take them in the appropriate year when they are offered to avoid downstream problems with pre-requisites for third and fourth year classes.  Below is a list of the required classes for Biology major and when they are typically* offered.  It does not include the list courses in third year where you have options.

First Year

  • Biol 1010 Cellular Basis of Life fall (2 sections) and spring semester
  • Biol 1020 Diversity of Life fall and spring semester

 Second Year

  • Biol 2000 Principles of Genetics fall and spring semester
  • Biol 2150 Biostatistics fall semester only
  • Biol 2200 Principles of Ecology fall semester only
  • Biol 2300 Cell Biology spring semester only

 Third Year

  • Biol 3300 Evolution spring semester only

 Fourth Year

  • Biol 4500 Seminars spring semester only

*based on the current schedule for 21/22 and tentative timetable for 22/23 

Dr. Shelley Hoover is here for our bees

Biological sciences and agriculture research associate, Dr. Shelley Hoover is a dedicated beekeeper of over 20 years. She sits as the current president of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and was the …

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Congratulations to the Class of 2021 from the Faculty of Arts & Science

Congratulations to the class of 2021! We wish you all the best of luck in your future endeavours and can't wait to see what you do next. We are so proud of …

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr. Arianna Kuhn

Dr. Arianna Kuhn joined the U of L in May of 2021 as a postdoctoral fellow of the Lee-Yaw lab in the Department of Biological Sciences. This summer she is excited to study the genetics …

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Career Bridge: Centre for Work-Integrated Learning and Career Development

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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 University of Lethbridge is proud to offer you an exceptional opportunity to explore professional development through academic programs and services designed to give you a competitive edge in a fast-changing world.

You have a bright future — experience it via Career Bridge at uLethbridge!

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