This Certificate is intended to provide students with a credential that recognizes proficiency in undergraduate research in biological science. Students will pursue authentic research questions and engage in independent research experiences with world-class faculty in the Department of Biology. Through their choice of a faculty supervisor, students are able to study a research problem that suits their area of interest. The Certificate will be a useful foundation for students who plan to continue their academic study, are seeking research-related skills, or are just curious about the discoveries to be made in the science of life.

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Major Average

The major average in the Certificate in Biological Research includes the grades earned in:

  • All courses eligible to be used in the program.

Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a Certificate in Biological Research, students must complete at least two-thirds of the following coursework (to the nearest highest multiple of 3 credit units) from the University of Saskatchewan.

  • Minimum program requirements.

See Residency for additional details.

Requirements (30 credit units)

This program consists of 15 credit units of required courses plus 15 credit units of prerequisite courses. The specific prerequisite courses to be taken in Biology will generally depend on the interest of the student. Twelve credit units of research-intensive courses are required; students are responsible for finding faculty supervisors for these courses. 

  • BIOL 301.3
  • BIOL 380.3
  • BIOL 479.3

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

  • BIOL 120.3
  • BIOL 121.3

Choose 3 credit units from the following:

  • PLSC 214.3
  • STAT 245.3
  • STAT 246.3

Choose 6 credit units from the following:

  • BIOL 481.6; OR

  • BIOL 480.3 AND 3 credit units selected from the following research-intensive courses: 
    • BIOL 350.3
    • BIOL 410.3
    • BIOL 412.3 
    • BIOL 420.3 
    • BIOL 421.3
    • BIOL 430.3 
    • BIOL 440.3 
    • BIOL 472.3

Choose 9 credit units from the following:

  • BIOL — 200-Level, 300-Level, 400-Level