Testing for microplastics at lake


Values and mission

Learn about our community of teachers and researchers, our department priorities and the ways we support student-focused education.

Ask your own questions, design your own experiments and get your hands dirty. Guided by engaged faculty, here you participate in meaningful research—in the lab and in the field.

Our students learn the newest ideas in genetics, ecology and evolution, gaining the technical expertise and critical-thinking skills needed to pursue an interest in biology. 


How much plastic?

Fourth-year biological sciences students visited a northeast Edmonton stormwater pond to look for microplastics in water, sediment and invertebrates. Their findings may surprise you.

Sample of microplastics in water

It’s easy to be excited when you teach biology because it’s changing all the time. New things are being discovered every single day.

Michael Stock, associate professor


Dig a little deeper

We offer senior-level courses that allow you to explore specialized content or emerging issues in greater depth. The topics change each year and reflect the particular expertise of our faculty members.