About

Discover unique traces of life from millions of years ago and follow the evolution of species from the depths of geologic time.


Quick facts
  • Four year degree
  • Full or part-time program
  • You can enter this program directly from high school
  • You can begin this program off-campus

What you will learn

Your studies will focus on the fossil record of ancient organisms and their living descendants. You will learn to analyse the distribution and function of fossil animals and plants, reconstructing their evolutionary paths. Such evolutionary relationships are then tied to environmental data to reconstruct  the fossil species way of life. You will learn about human, plant and animal diversity, morphology and history.

A first-year schedule sample

This degree program is flexible and offers you the opportunity to take courses in different subject areas. Here’s what a typical first-year schedule might look like:

CourseDescription

Fall Term
BIOL 120 The Nature of Life
MATH 110* Calculus I
CHEM 112 General Chemistry I Structure Bonding and Properties of Materials
GEOL 121 Earth Processes
ANTH 111* One World Many Peoples Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Winter Term
BIOL 121 The Diversity of Life
CHEM 115* General Chemistry II Chemical Processes
GEOL 122* Earth History
ARCH 112 The Human Journey Introduction to Archaeology and Biological Anthropology
PHYS 115 Introduction to the Circumpolar World

* These are elective courses. You will be able to choose from a variety of electives based on your interests.

The Course and Program Catalogue has the full listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.

GEOL 247: Palaeontology
Ancient life on earth will be explored via the principles and concepts of invertebrate paleontology, paleoecology, paleobiology and evolution. The basic morphology and systematics of the main fossil invertebrate groups will be covered in the laboratory sessions, when fossil specimens will be studied.

BIOL 323: Plant Systematics and Evolution
Introduces vascular plant diversity. Will include basic principles of plant systematics (methods of classification, description, nomenclature and taxonomic keys), practical experience with the identification of vascular plants, and tempos and patterns of plant speciation and evolution.

GEOL 447: Ichnology Animal Substrate Interactions in the Stratigraphic Record
Ichnology is the study of biogenic structures and animal-substrate relations. Biogenic structures comprise burrows, trails, trackways and borings. They record the behavior of the trace makers in response to the prevailing environmental conditions and therefore they supply valuable information in paleoecology, paleobiology, facies analysis and sequence stratigraphy.

Class size
Small class sizes create a quality learning environment for you that maximizes interaction with professors as well as between peers.

Uniqueness
The U of S Palaeobiology program is unique in Canada, combining courses from Anthropology & Archaeology, Biology and Geological Sciences, preparing you for exciting work in this interdisciplinary field.

Careers

  • Glaciologist
  • Oceanographer
  • Paleontologist
  • Paleobiologist
  • Conservationist
  • Parks and recreation officer
  • Environmental education and communication specialist
  • Museum curator

Tuition estimates

Canadian studentsInternational students
Tuition $6,103 $15,867
Fees $835 $835
Books $1,500 $1,500
Total $8,438 $18,202

Tuition will vary depending on the type and number of classes you take in a year. This estimate reflects a typical amount you could expect to pay in your first year if you enroll in a full course load (the maximum number of courses allowed).
Fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
The cost of books and supplies varies widely depending on the courses you choose. It is recommended that you budget between $1,000-$2,000 per year.

Program options

These Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) Palaeobiology degrees are offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Arts and Science:

  • Bachelor of Science Four-year
  • Bachelor of Science Honours

You should consult with an academic advisor in the college when you begin your studies to decide if you want a four-year or honours degree.

Admission requirements and deadlines

Deadlines

Start term Application DeadlineInternational Deadline
Winter
January 2018
Dec 1, 2017
Documents due: Dec 15, 2017
Sep 1, 2017
Documents due: Oct 1, 2017
Spring
May 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018
Feb 1, 2018
Documents due: Mar 1, 2018
Summer
July 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Mar 1, 2018
Documents due: Apr 1, 2018
Fall
September 2018
May 1, 2018
Documents due: Jun 1, 2018
Apr 1, 2018
Documents due: May 1, 2018

Ready to apply?

A non-refundable application fee of $90 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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