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Marine and Freshwater Biology Major

Marine and Freshwater Biology (MFB)

Admission Requirements

How Do We Protect Aquatic Life?

 Fostering Healthy Aquatic Environments

Explore the vertebrates and invertebrates of aquatic systems, as well as the aquatic plants and microorganisms key to the health and functioning of aquatic environments.

 Access the Hagen Aqualab

The University of Guelph Hagen Aqualab, located on campus, allows researchers and students to simulate global aquatic environments and maintain a wide variety of marine and freshwater flora and fauna.

 Gain Technical Skills

Learn techniques used to examine the ecology of aquatic systems from both biological and physical science perspectives, and strategies used to address conservation and management issues.

Why Marine and Freshwater Biology?

In this major, you will build upon core courses in ecology, evolution, genetics, physiology and zoology as you study freshwater and marine environments and work with aquatic organisms experimentally in the field and the lab.

Students in the Marine and Freshwater Biology (MFB) program may also be interested in studying  Animal Biology, Biodiversity, Ecology, Environmental Biology, Wildlife Biology and Conservation, Zoology, or other majors.

MFB Course Calendar

Gain Valuable Experience Through Co-op

Marine and Freshwater Biology co-op is a five-year program, which includes five work terms, and helps to provide invaluable experience in hands-on aquatic settings, providing skills and experience to boost your resume and fast-track your career.

MFB Co-op Calendar


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