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BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (BSc) – BIOLOGY - Frequently Asked Questions

The following are answers to some of the most common questions about the new Bachelor of Science (Bachelor of Science) – Biology major at Mount Royal.

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 Mount Royal’s new Bachelor of Science – Biology degree

1. What does the new Bachelor of Science – Biology major offer?

Mount Royal has launched a new four-year Bachelor of Science – Biology major to start in Fall 2020.

Biology students will gain disciplinary knowledge and skills considered essential to prepare them for current and future employment or further education. The development of critical thinking, analytical skills, and communication skills are interwoven throughout the curriculum, and many of the biology core courses include a hands-on experiential component so that students also develop technical and research skills. Many of the higher-level courses have been developed with opportunities for integrated and applied learning involving problem-solving scenarios and opportunities to conduct independent research. This program provides the theoretical and practical background knowledge and skills to prepare students for the workplace or further education at a professional or graduate level.

Students completing the Bachelor of Science – Biology will be able to apply for designation as a Professional Biologist. The curriculum of this program meets the requirements of this designation, which is required for employment as a Biologists in both British Columbia and Alberta.

The Bachelor of Science – Biology provides students with a solid foundation in the study of living organisms. Students will be able to explore different areas of biology and they will have the flexibility to take a number of courses across various areas of biology, including genetics, cell biology, microbiology, molecular biology, ecology, evolution, anatomy, and physiology. Students have the ability to specialize by completing courses leading to concentrations in cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, or ecology and evolution, or to create their own pathway based on their particular interests and career aspirations.

The program consists of introductory and advanced courses across the major areas of biology (cellular biology, molecular biology, microbiology, anatomy, physiology, ecology and evolution). There are also optional courses where students can conduct independent scientific research. Important cognate disciplines such as chemistry, mathematics and physics are also included.

The curriculum for the new Chemistry major consists of the following:

  • 26 core courses in Biology and related fields (chemistry, mathematics, physics)
  • 10 General Education courses
  • 4 electives

Students will learn in a variety of settings: classroom lectures and tutorials, along with hands-on experiential labs and field trips. The department is well equipped with modern laboratory equipment, giving students the opportunity to work with instruments similar to what they might see in their future careers.

Online applications for Mount Royal’s new Bachelor of Science – Biology major are now open. 

 

2. Can I still apply for the Health Science or the Cellular and Molecular Biology majors?

No, as a result of the implementation of the Biology major, the admission intake will be suspended for both the Cellular and Molecular Biology major and the Health Science major, effective Fall 2020. However, the new Biology major will enable students to specialize in Biology with a concentration in Cellular and Molecular Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, or Ecology and Evolution. These concentrations will be noted on a students’ transcript.

 

3. When does the Bachelor of Science – Biology major start? When can I apply?

The new major will begin in the Fall 2020 Semester (September 2020).

The application period is open now (October 1, 2019). Admission is competitive and applicants with higher admission averages will be considered first. The application will remain open until Mount Royal has received applications from a sufficient number of qualified applicants and the program is declared full.

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4. What specific courses are required for admission into the Bachelor of Science – Biology?

All applicants must meet both the MRU general admission requirements and any program specific requirements. The new Bachelor of Science – Biology major will have the same specific admission course requirements as most other majors within the Bachelor of Science degree.

English Language Arts 30-1 – 60%

Mathematics 30 – 1 60%

Chemistry 30 – 60%

These are the course requirements with minimum grades only; admission is competitive and all MRU general admission requirements must be met.

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5. Will the new Bachelor of Science – Biology be recognized by universities across Canada if I wish to pursue graduate or professional studies?

Yes. As a member of Universities Canada (UC), Mount Royal degrees are recognized by all universities in Canada. Graduates of the Bachelor of Science – Biology major will be prepared for advanced studies in graduate school in biology or a closely related field. With an appropriate choice of elective courses, students will also be eligible for entry into many professional schools such as medicine, dentistry or pharmacy as well as an after degree in education.

 

Information for prospective Mount Royal Bachelor of Science - Biology students

1. Can I apply to the Bachelor of Science – Biology major for Fall 2020?

The application period is open now (Oct. 1, 2019). Admission is competitive and applicants with higher admission averages will be considered first. The application will remain open until Mount Royal has received applications from a sufficient number of qualified applicants and the program is declared full.

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2. What are the admission requirements for the Bachelor of Science – Biology?

All applicants must meet both the MRU general admission requirements and any program specific requirements. The new Bachelor of Science – Biology major will have the same specific admission course requirements as most other majors within the Bachelor of Science degree as follows:

English Language Arts 30-1 – 60%

Mathematics 30 – 1 60%

Chemistry 30 – 60%

These are the course requirements with minimum grades only; admission is competitive and all MRU general admission requirements must be met.

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3. What will the new Bachelor of Science – Biology cost?

Tuition and fees for a full course load (5 courses per semester for one full academic year — September – April) is approximately $6,600 for the 2019 - 2020 academic year, and the cost of books and supplies is estimated at $1,500 for the first year of this program. Students will also pay a program fee of $250 per semester for full-time students (3 courses, minimum 9 credits) or $165 per semester for part-time students (fewer than 3 courses, 0 – 8 credits).

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4. Are scholarships and financial aid available?

Yes. A variety of student awards and financial aid opportunities are available to students who qualify.

 

5. Does Mount Royal have on-campus housing?

Yes. Living in residence (mtroyal.ca/residence) at Mount Royal is a convenient way to get the most out of your post-secondary education. Units are fully furnished and situated minutes away from a wide range of Mount Royal facilities and services. New students are guaranteed a room in residence if you apply and pay your application fee and security deposit by June 15, 2020.

 

Information for continuing students in other Bachelor of Science majors

1. If I transfer into the Bachelor of Science – Biology, when could I complete the degree?

Although this new degree official begins in the Fall 2020, many of the courses for the biology major already currently exist. However, there are a few upper-year required courses that will not be available until 2021/2022. Therefore, the earliest graduation date for Bachelor of Science – Biology students is in April 2022. 

Students are strongly encouraged to meet with a Science and Technology Academic Advisor (scitechadvising@mtroyal.ca or 403.440.7220) to ensure appropriate course selection and timely completion of requirements for graduation.

 

2. What is the process to transfer into the Bachelor of Science – Biology?

There will be a one-time opportunity for students currently registered in the BSc - Cellular and Molecular Biology or BSc - Health Science to apply to transfer into the BSc - Biology. All students will be contacted by email and will be able to switch majors by filling out the appropriate paperwork and submitting their form to the Office of the Registrar by November 30, 2019.

Continuing students in other majors within the BSc or other programs who wish to transfer into the Biology major will have to apply through the standard MRU application for admission.

 Students should be aware that this is a competitive process and is dependent on available seats.