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Faculty of Science


Our Department is home to faculty and researchers with research interests in ecology, environmental biology, physiology, microbiology, cellular biology and molecular biology. Our research facilities include an aquatics facility, a field station in the Cypress Hills of southwest Saskatchwean, the Institute of Environmental Change and Society (IECS) and the Institute for Microbial Systems and Society (IMSS). The IECS and IMSS provide infrastructure and research expertise in environmental and microbial sciences via state-of-the-art microscopy, proteomics and genomics facilities. Additionally, we frequently collaborate with researchers at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum, the Roy Romanow Provincial Laboratory and several other scientific organizations in southern Saskatchewan.

We offer high quality undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate programs have strong hands-on components as many courses include laboratories developed and overseen by full-time laboratory instructors. Junior and senior students also benefit from small classes (10 - 30 students in some courses). We have an active honours program, a co-op program and many opportunities for students to participate in research projects. Accessible, modern research facilities put our PhD and MSc students at the forefront in their fields. Our graduate students benefit from working in a close-knit, supportive environment that encourages innovative science.


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Explore Biology

Erin Ennis preparing a skeleton


A view of Cypress Hills.

Research Facilities

The Education Auditorium full of students.

Seminar Series

Permanent Lecturer Position

The Biology Dept. is advertising a permanent Lecturer position to teach first-year Human Anatomy and Physiology (BIOL 110, 111) and second-year Microbiology for Health Professionals (BIOL 222) to students in the U of R's Faculty of Nursing.  Details about the position, and application procedures, are available at the U of R Careers website.

Ledingham Herbarium Receives Donation of 165 Year-Old Preserved Plants

These plant specimens were collected in 1857-1858, during the Palliser expeditions in western Canada. They have been kindly donated to the U of R's George Ledingham Herbarium by the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.


50th Birthday of the U of R Field Station

The U of R Field Station, located in the Cypress Hils of southwestern Saskatchewan, has recently celebrated its 50th birthday. The occasion was marked by a birthday party, and also a few adventures in trying to drive across the creek in order to reach the Station.

2023 Spring Convocation

Congratulations to two Biology graduates who won major awards at the 2023 Spring Convocation:

Nicole Lerminiaux, who recently completed her PhD program, was awarded the 2023 Governor General's Gold Medal.

Mackenzie Evans (BSc Hons 2023) was awarded the University Prize in Science.