Carleton’s Master of Science (MSc) and PhD programs in Biology offer students a chance to engage in hands-on research. Students work closely with internationally recognized scientists in an academically enriching and collegial environment. Faculty members conduct cutting-edge research at all levels of biological organization, from genomics to landscape ecology.
Carleton biology students benefit from our membership in the Ottawa-Carleton Institute for Biology (OCIB), a joint research-intensive collaboration with the University of Ottawa. OCIB is one of the largest centres in Canada for graduate studies and research in the biological sciences. For more information, please visit the Joint Institute website.
The MSc program typically takes two years of full-time study to complete. The PhD program typically takes four to five years of full-time study to complete. Part-time study is available.
- MSc: Biology
- MSc: Biology with specialization in Biochemistry
- MSc: Biology with specialization in Bioinformatics
- MSc: Biology with specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology
- MSc: Biology with specialization in Data Science
- PhD: Biology
- PhD: with specialization in Biochemistry
- PhD: with specialization in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology
All graduate programs in biology focus on hands-on research. Graduate students work closely with a faculty supervisor and can select from a wide array of possible research areas, including aspects of Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Cell biology, Conservation biology, Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Genetics, Genomics, Microbiology, Molecular biology, Neurobiology, Pathology and Physiology.
- Biochemistry and Physiology
- Bioinformatics and Genomics
- Ecology, Evolution and Conservation
- Molecular Biology and Genetics
- Neurobiology and Behaviour
Monday, August 10, 2020
Steven Cooke and William Twardek Contribute to Major Migratory Fish Reporting
Prof. Steven Cooke and William Twardek, a PhD student in the Cooke Lab, co-authored a newly released global report on the status of migratory fish. Their report details that a massive decline in migratory freshwater fish populations could threaten livelihoods of millions. Read full article...
Monday, August 10, 2020
Jill Brooks from the Cooke Lab Awarded the Eugenie Clark Memorial Award
Jill Brooks, a PhD student in the Cooke Lab , has been awarded the Eugenie Clark Memorial Award from the American Elasmobranch Society. The award recognizes female early-career scientists who demonstrate uncommon perseverance, dedication and innovation in biological research and public outreach on elasmobranch fishes, such as sharks, rays, and...
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Congratulations to Our 2019-20 Biology TA Excellence Award Winner!
The Biology Department awards 1 TA Excellence Award as one of the ways we acknowledge the efforts and contributions of our teaching assistants. The award winner for the TA Excellence Award in Biology for the 2019-2020 Academic year has been awarded to Melanie Scallion! A warm congratulations to Melanie! Thank you all for your...