From understanding how neural circuits enable perception, to how novel infectious diseases emerge, Arctic plant ecology and more — the study of biology opens up a multitude of exciting and meaningful career paths.
As a Biology student at UTM, you'll join a community of dynamic and award-winning educators, researchers and students who are continually re-imagining our understanding of plant and animal life forms.
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- What makes Biology at UTM distinctive?
- Biology, global: the worldwide impact of this discipline
- Skills you'll develop
- Career opportunities
What makes Biology at UTM distinctive?
Globally-recognized, award-winning research.
- Professor Emeritus Josef Svoboda was appointed Officer of the Order of Canada for his pioneering research on tundra ecosystems and for his lifelong mentorship of scientists studying the Arctic.
Bridget Kathleen Murphy, PhD student, Ensminger Lab won the The Canadian Society of Plant Biologists CSPB/SCBV award for outstanding oral presentation at the 2021 CSPB/SCBV Annual General Meeting. Bridget's work focuses on the impact of climate change, specifically warming and drought, on the timing of cold acclimation in different white spruce genotypes.
A lush campus and strong sense of community.
- In addition to the program and department, as a Biology student at UTM, you'll be immersed in a truly extraordinary campus experience.
- You'll be participating in labs and research opportunities, led by the world-class educators, scientists and researchers that you'd expect from Canada's largest and most acclaimed university.
- At the same time, you'll also enjoy the down-to-earth sense of community that a campus – situated on 225 acres of lush, protected greenbelt – can provide.
- This lush natural setting is coupled with modern architecture, award-winning buildings and state-of-the art technology — providing students with a distinctive learning experience.
- Our students also benefit from the safety and inclusiveness of a tight knit campus which offers a wide variety of student groups, clubs, and activities for all interests.
Biology, global: the worldwide impact of this discipline
As noted in McKinsey Global Institute's recent research: "Advances in biological science could transform economies and societies, helping to tackle global challenges from climate change to pandemics."
From tackling overpopulation to developing life-saving vaccine trials and engineering carbon-reduced biofuels for the aviation and marine industries — biology is a discipline with far-reaching global impact.
Skills you'll develop
- Communication and interpersonal: write scientific reports; present research findings; interact professionally with a multidisciplinary team of researchers, technicians, students and professors; and literacy writing.
- Research: collect and preserve field organisms; dissect preserved or euthanized specimen; inspect specimens; and analyze and evaluate information.
- Technical: use specialized computer programs; perform laboratory procedures; maintain laboratory equipment and instrumentation; and comply with quality control procedures.
- Quantitative: analyze data for trends and apply statistical tests to data.
- Critical thinking and problem-solving: analyze and logically interpret trends and results.
A background in Biology can propel you into a range of fulfilling career paths, particularly in medicine.
Other career paths include pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, forensics and more. While not exhaustive, here's a list of career options that are available to you as a Biology graduate (some require further education and experience):
- Quality Assurance Auditor
- Pharmaceutical Financial Analyst
- Product Marketing Manager
- Health Care Administrator
- Business Development Research Analyst
- Operations Research Analyst
- Bioinformatics Programmer
- Bioinformatics Specialist
- Logistics Specialist
- Computer Scientist
- Web Developer
- Business Systems Analyst
- Exercise Physiologist
- Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
- Recreation Director
- Forensic Laboratory Analyst
- Medical Geneticist
Ecology & Evolution
- Environmental Health Officer
- Conservation Biologist
- Restoration Biologist
- Conservation Officer
- Marine Biologist
- Food Scientist
- Environmental Lawyer
For a full list of career opportunities, visit the Careers by Major - Biology page.