Animal Biology

Animal Biology includes both invertebrate and vertebrate animals and addresses how they work (form, function, behavior, physiology, ecology), how they develop (gene expression, cell biology, morphogenesis), and how they evolve (genetics, diversity, phylogeny). 

Animal biology provides a comprehensive overview of how the different levels of biology relate to one another, from molecules to behaviour, from physiology to ecology.   

So you'd like to study animal biology. 
Are you more interested in...

How invertebrate and vertebrate animals interact with their environment, each other, and evolve?

Ecology, Evolution and Environmental Biology

Molecular structure and processes of cellular life?

Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

Processes that occur within animals: interactions within & between cells, tissues, and organs, and responses to external and internal factors?

Integrative Physiology

Animal Biology Career Options

There are many routes you can take with your degree in Animal Biology. Here are a few of them with some examples:

  • Animal Welfare 
  • Corporate Biology (greenification of industry)
  • Eco-tourism
  • Environmental Consulting 
  • Environmental Interpretation/Communication 
  • Environmental Law 
  • Further Education
  • Pest and Disease Management 
  • Population Conservation and Management 
  • Protected Areas Management and Environmental Law Enforcement 
  • Research 
  • Science Journalism
  • Veterinary Medicine

ADVISORS

Last name beginning with letters A-J
Erin Bayne (bayne@ualberta.ca)

Last name beginning with letters K-Z
Kim Mathot (mathot@ualberta.ca)

Program Admissions

REMINDER: You must use the program planner for the year you most recently entered the program.

2017-2018

2016-2017 

2015-2016 

2014-2015 

2013-2014