Why Biology?

TWU’s Department of Biology equips students to work and lead in areas such as biotechnology, the health sciences, ecology, and environmental stewardship.

Why Biology?

TWU’s Department of Biology equips students to work and lead in areas such as biotechnology, the health sciences, ecology, and environmental stewardship.

Becoming a student of our Biology program will allow you to engage your curiosity and use your degree to meaningfully contribute to society.

Emerging diseases, environmental sustainability, and genomics are just a few topics that you will investigate. At TWU, you will be prepared for a career in the health sciences, research, or education, with solid training in science and ethics from a Christian worldview.

Our biology faculty are experts in their fields who integrate research, love for teaching, and Christian faith in the classroom. As a biology student, you will have the opportunity to work with faculty on cutting-edge research in cell biology and genetics, ecology and environmental biology, and applied and medical microbiology. This valuable research experience, coupled with our rigorous curriculum, can lead you to high-profile medical, dental, veterinary, and graduate programs around the world.


  • A major in Biology leading to a BSc (Honours) degree specializing in:
  • Cell and Developmental Biology Emphasis
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Emphasis
  • Ecology Emphasis
  • General Biology Emphasis
  • A major in Biology leading to a BSc degree

Our small class sizes mean you receive more individual attention, as well as mentoring opportunities to work with faculty on research. We are committed to providing you with hands-on instruction at all year-levels, so you will be in the lab more—and sooner. As a biology student, you will have the opportunity to participate in travel studies courses, such as botany and ecology, in BC’s Gulf Islands and Hawaii.


“My Honours Biology degree gave me the skills and smarts to do cancer and diabetes research at TWU—and to work as a hospital clinic lab technician in Tanzania—while also training me to scientifically discover the world as God’s creation. I’ve now been accepted to medical school at Western University, and I’m so pumped to start!”



BIOL 223 • Cell Biology

A study of the molecules and processes that determine cell structure and function, including how this information is derived from the wide range of visual and analytical tools available today. This course describes the chemical nature of cells and the structure and behaviour of cells in the context of tissues.

BIOL 336 • Immunology

This lecture course covers current topics in immunology, including the cellular basis of immunity, the molecular genetics of antibody diversity, the major histocompatibility complex, antigen recognition, lymphocyte development, the complement system, hypersensitivity reactions, and immunodeficiency diseases. This course provides an integrated view of the immune system and the immunologic response to disease.

BIOL 364 • Coral Reef Ecology

This field course focuses on the systems and ecology of tropical coral reef organisms. Through snorkeling excursions and laboratory studies, you will examine plants, animals, and physical factors of a fringing coral reef. One species is chosen for a detailed research project. Includes field course work in Maui, Hawaii.


Graduates of the Biology program are well prepared to continue their studies toward degrees in the Hhealth Ssciences, including Human Medicine, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy, and Physiotherapy. Graduates of the Honours program are also well prepared to excel at Master's and Doctoral Studies in the Life Sciences. Our Biology graduates can go on to other vocations, includingsuch as teaching, research, and environmental fields.


Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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Financial Aid

Investing in your future may require some help along the way. We offer merit and need-based awards to help offset the cost of tuition. Planning early is key and we are here to help get you started.

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Admission Requirements

The admissions process at TWU is designed to be simple and convenient. Once we receive your application and transcripts, you will be contacted by your admissions counsellor within two weeks on your admittance.

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Field Study Sites

TWU’s Ecosystem Study Area (ESA) and Crow's Nest Ecological Research Area are diverse and sensitive habitats dedicated to the study, preservation, and proper management of the environment.

Careers in Biology
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Students who obtain their degree in biology continue with careers in:

  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary science
  • Scientific research
  • Laboratory technology

A biology degree also prepares students for medical school, masters programs, and a PhD

Faculty Profiles

Paul Brown, Ph.D.

Part-time Instructor of Chemistry (Retired Professor of Chemistry)

Lisa Diane Chattell, B.Sc.

Part-time Instructor of Biology

David Roy Clements, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Assistant Dean, Faculty of Natural and Applied Sciences (Research)
Anita Cote

Anita Coté, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Human Kinetics
Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Adaptation to Exercise

Janny Klein, M.Sc.

Sessional Instructor of Biology

Karen Y Lo, Ph.D.

Sessional Assistant Professor of Biology
Biosafety Officer
Bill Luke

Bill Luke, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Human Kinetics
Kinesiology Coordinator

Julia Mills, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology
Biotechnology Coordinator

Laura A. Onyango, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology

Jaime Palmer-Hague

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Anthony Siame, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology
Chair, Department of Biology
Advisor, Pre-Professional

Karen MM Steensma, M.Sc.

Professor of Biology
Co-Chair, Department of Geography and Environment (Starting August 16, 2020)

Dennis Venema, Ph.D.

Professor of Biology