Biological Sciences

Biological Sciences

Biological Science deals with many different levels of the organization of life:  structure, functioning and evolution of organisms, and the interactions of organisms and with the environment.  These levels encompass large differences in scale, ranging from molecules such as DNA to the functioning of ecosystems.  Biology students may specialize in one of two areas of concentration or have the option to choose courses from both areas:  Ecology & Environmental Biology, and/or Cellular & Molecular Biology.

Here’s what Biological Science students can do for you:

  • Basic laboratory techniques including; media preparation and molecular techniques including; PCR and cloning, gel electrophoresis, protein and nucleic acid purification, enzyme assays as well as lab safety protocols
  • Routine operation of instruments; incubators, UV/vis spectrophotometers, centrifuges and liquid handling
  • Environmental sample collection and analysis
  • Data collection, analysis and visualization-R, Python, SPSS, MATLAB
  • Fundamental field techniques; surveying, water and soil sampling, plant/tree ID, wildlife and IPM
  • Research – experiential design; scientific literature searches

Transferable Skills

Science Co-op students are equipped with a solid foundation of transferable skills which include:

  • Critical thinking and creative problem solving
  • Research, analysis, and project management
  • Communications and writing
  • Digital Technology
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Cultural and historical awareness

For a detailed list of courses to learn of the areas covered by Biology lectures and labs per theme, please refer to the University of Manitoba’s Academic Calendar.