Bachelor of Science - Marine Biology

4 years
20,790 CAD/year
Rolling admission
Rolling admission
St. John's / Canada
Memorial University of Newfoundland

Program description

The study of marine animals, their behaviours, and interactions with the environment is known as marine biology. With a combination of wet laboratories, field visits, and project-based courses, the marine biology major provides students with a multitude of immersive learning opportunities. Get out of the classroom and into the sea at our Bonne Bay Marine Station, or perform your own marine study at the Ocean Sciences Centre (under the watchful eyes of our resident harp seals).

The Departments of Ocean Sciences and Biology collaborate to administer the joint major in Marine Biology. It includes of fundamental courses in oceanography and biology, as well as electives in a variety of science areas.

Each year, we offer a variety of engaging field courses at the Bonne Bay Marine Station, which is located in Gros Morne National Park on the province's west coast. This world-class research and teaching institution specialises in marine ecological research and includes laboratories, boats, a resource centre, an aquarium, a multimedia theatre, and residence accommodations.

The Ocean Sciences Centre (OSC) is a state-of-the-art research and education facility located just 10 minutes from the main campus in St. John's, with a magnificent view of Logy Bay. Wet and analytical labs at the OSC assist research on cold-ocean and deep-sea processes, aquaculture, biological oceanography, marine ecology, physiology, and biotechnology.

Program structure

Principles of Marine Biology

  • Benthic Biology
  • Estuarine Fish Ecology Field Course
  • Ecology and Evolution of Fishes
  • Animal Behaviour I
  • Paleontology

Aquaculture Principles and Practices

  • Aquaculture and Fisheries Biotechnology
  • Marine Microbiology
  • Environmental Physiology of Animals
  • Scientific Diving Methods
  • Advanced Studies in Marine Animal Diversity

Fisheries Ecology

  • Research Experience in Animal Behaviour
  • Advanced Palaeontology
  • Research Field Course in Marine Biology
  • Field Course in Terrestrial Biology
  • Special Topics in Biology


  • Tuition — 20,790 CAD/year

OTHER FEES (REQUIRED) amounts listed are for two semesters

  • Student Services Fee — 100 CAD
  • Students' Union — 140 CAD
  • Recreation Fee — 138 CAD
  • Health Insurance — 523 CAD


Requirements for applicants

  • Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education
  • Minimum grade of 4 in the required subject areas
    • English
    • Mathematics
    • Laboratory Science (Biology, Chemistry, or Physics)
    • Social Studies or Modern/Classical Language
    • Elective

If you are currently in high school:

  • When you apply (early acceptance): Current translated interim transcript and a copy of interim transcript in its original language. Documents can be official or unofficial.
  • When you complete your examinations (verified acceptance): Certified translation of your official final Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education, including grades and a certified copy of the document in its original language.

If you have completed high school and not attended a post-secondary institution: Certified translation of your official final Certificate of (Complete) General Secondary Education, including grades and a certified copy of the document in its original language.

English language requirements:

  • Cambridge Assessment English — A minimum score of 176 in C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) Assessment — Minimum band scores between 50 and 60 in each of the four skills tested (reading, writing, listening and speaking), with at least two band scores of 60.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) (until Spring 2024 only) — A minimum score of 115.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) — A minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS Academic or IELTS Indicator, with at least a band 6 in reading and writing. General training results are not acceptable.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — A minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition, with a minimum score of 20 in reading and writing, and not less than 17 in listening and speaking.

About the university

Memorial University has a unique responsibility to the people of Newfoundland and Labrador as the only university in the province. Memorial University was founded as a tribute to the Newfoundlanders who gave their lives in military duty during globe War I and later conflicts. We take inspiration from their efforts to create a better future for our province, our country, and the globe.

Over 115 different nations are represented among Memorial University's 19000+ students. Programs range from the traditional to the cutting edge, and can be found at any of Memorial's five locations or online. Memorial University's worldwide network of nearly 100,000 successful alums enhances the institution's capacity and reputation for leadership in research, teaching, and public engagement. Learn more about Memorial University in this quick read.

Vision, Mission

  • Vision — Memorial University will rise to prominence as one of Canada's and the world's top public institutions of higher learning, and it will honor its commitment to serving the people of Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Mission — When it comes to education, research, scholarship, creative activity, service, and public engagement, Memorial University is committed to being at the forefront of innovation and excellence. International students and scholars are welcomed and supported at Memorial, and the institution's contributions of knowledge and experience are valued on all levels of society.


More than 19,400 students and 3,800 teachers and staff from more than 115 countries study, teach, conduct research, create, and participate in activities at our campuses and other locations. You can attend classes at one of Memorial University's several campuses in Newfoundland and Labrador or anywhere in the world; we also offer 475 courses online.

  • St. John's campus
  • Grenfell Campus
  • Marine Institute
  • Harlow Campus
  • Signal Hill Campus
  • Labrador Campus

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