So You Want to Study Biology

Posted by Kren on December 30, 2014

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As a high-school student, I always thought there was a greater variety of arts degrees compared to science degrees. In reality, university students in science programs have the opportunity to focus on a specific field of science. For instance, the Biology program at York allows students to major in Biology, Biochemistry or Biophysics. Students also have the opportunity to study a stream in Biomedical Science or Biotechnology. Check out the major and stream details below to figure out which field(s) you may be interested in pursuing for your undergraduate Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree.


If you major in Biology, you can study a variety of areas in the science of life. Choosing to study Biology means that you will study a variety of areas from Conservation Ecology to Molecular Genetics.

Dr. Jean Paluzzi, Assistant Professor in Biology working in his lab

Environmental Biology

Are you passionate about environmental issues such as climate change and habitat loss? If so, then you may want to consider studying Environmental Biology. In this program, you’ll be able to study ecological theory and the impact that the environment has on humans and vice versa.

Dr. Sapna Sharma – Environmental Biology Professor with Students

Biomedical Science

In Biomedical Science, you will study the basic processes of life. Courses also focus on diseases and their treatments. Students who know they want to eventually apply to medical school, may study biomedical science because it is considered a good way to prep.

Check out this student profile of a recent York U Biomedical Graduate!

Leo, Recent Biomedical Science Graduate


If you enjoyed Biology and Physics in high school, then you can choose to study the Biophysics stream. Biophysics basically enables you to apply physics theories to the biology of different organisms. For this reason, it is referred to as an interdisciplinary field.

Check out this student profile of a current Biophysics Student!

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Rachel, a third-year Biophysics Student


Similar to biophysics, Biochemistry is another interdisciplinary field. In Biochemistry, your studies will be focused on the ‘chemistry of life’ and how chemistry works within biological molecules.
Check out this student profile of a recent Biochemistry Graduate!

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Kate, Recent Biochemistry Graduate


Biotechnology is a great field to go into if you are interested in studying all living organisms in relation to technological developments such as genetic modification. If you’re curious about how the progression of technology can be applied to make improvements to the field of biology, you may want to consider Biotechnology.


And there you have it! A quick outline to give you some more info on the different Biology programs and streams offered at York! If you’d like to look up more information about Biology at York University be sure to check out the requirements and program descriptions here.

I told you it was more simple than it seemed! If you have more questions about Biology or are considering pursueing a Bachelor of Science degree in university, feel free to comment and I will do my best to answer your questions or find the right sources for you! Remember, you can always tweet us at @yorkustudents with your questions on admissions or York U programs!



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