Palaeobiology is the description of the organisms and the sediments in which they are found as well as the distribution and functional analysis of fossil animals and plants. This includes the definition of the spatial and temporal occurrence of these organisms and the reconstruction of their paths of evolution. Such evolutionary relationships are then tied to environmental data to reconstruct the way of life of fossil species. The palaeobiology program was designed by the Departments of Geological Sciences, Biology, and Archaeology to meet the needs of students interested in this interdisciplinary subject matter. The program is designed to offer guidance, yet allows students some flexibility within their special area of interest.

The College of Arts and Science offers a four-year program leading to the B.Sc. Four-year or B.Sc. Honours degree in Palaeobiology. Courses shall be selected in consultation with the Program Administrative Committee.

In most cases graduates will also qualify for registration as Professional Geoscientists in the Province of Saskatchewan. However, students are strongly advised to familiarize themselves with APEGS requirements and to seek advice from an advisor in the Department of Geological Sciences.

Students intending to work in other provinces or territories within Canada should familiarize themselves with the specific APEG requirements for those regions. Such students are strongly advised to consult with an advisor in the Department, who is familiar with the subtle differences in APEG requirements for the western provinces.


Residency Requirements in the Major

To receive a degree in Palaeobiology, 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 senior requirements in Major Requirement C4.

See Residency for additional details.