What will I learn?

The Major in Biodiversity offers a broad education in the diversity and evolution of life while providing a more specialized understanding of biology at the level of the organism. It is the most flexible of the majors offered by the Department of Integrative Biology and as such, it allows students the opportunity to design a customized program around their interests. The major qualifies students for postgraduate work in biodiversity, botany, zoology, and other life sciences and provides a sound science background for students wishing to pursue professional life science degrees or careers in teaching, government service or the private sector.

Discover the exciting field of biodiversity science with Guelph’s Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (BIO). BIO is leading global efforts to understand the unity and diversity of all life on Earth. Be a part of it. Explore natural selection, genetic variation, life cycles, ecosystem structure, population dynamics and more. Complete field experience and capstone courses. Customize your major for your academic and career goals.

Sample Careers

Museum curator/scientist/technician

Bio-prospector

Conservation Biologist

Environmental Consultant

Which department am I in?

College of Biological Science

Study options

Full Time (8 semesters)

Tuition fees
CAD$24,299.86 (US$ 19,012) per year
CAN $12,149.93 per each semester (Fall, Winter and Summer)
Start date

Expected January, September 2021

Venue

University of Guelph

50 Stone Road East,

Guelph,

Ontario (ON),

N1G 2W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

The secondary school graduation certificate which would admit a student to an internationally recognized university in his or her home country is normally acceptable for admission to the University of Guelph. English Proficiency Requirements: International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6, Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Minimum overall band score of 70, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based: minimum total score of 89 with no individual scaled score less than 21, Pearson Test of English (PTE) - Minimum score of 60 and no score less than 60 for any individual component, Cambridge English: C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency - Minimum overall score of 176 with no band less than 169.

For international students

The secondary school graduation certificate which would admit a student to an internationally recognized university in his or her home country is normally acceptable for admission to the University of Guelph.

English Proficiency Requirements

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) - Minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6

Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) - Minimum overall band score of 70

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Internet-based: minimum total score of 89 with no individual scaled score less than 21

Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) - Minimum overall score of 85 and a minimum composition score of 83. In addition, you must present a minimum score on the oral test of three (3)

Pearson Test of English (PTE) - Minimum score of 60 and no score less than 60 for any individual component

Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate Program - Successful completion of the University of Guelph, Open Learning Advanced Level of the English Language Certificate Program (Levels 9 and 10).

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Confederation College
  • Fleming College
  • Canadore College
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