Environmental Biology and Technology

Welcome to Environmental Biology and Technology (ENBT) at Nipissing

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Our Environmental Biology and Technology (ENBT) program specializes in providing you with the knowledge and skills required to study Environmental Biology from many perspectives. You will receive the double-benefit of combining the academic education provided by Nipissing University with the practical and technical skills taught by our colleagues at Canadore College. All courses are completed within four years, and you will emerge with both a university degree and a college diploma. As well, there are a number of special certificates that ENBT students can earn.

Graduates of the Environmental Biology and Technology program receive a Bachelor of Science degree from Nipissing and an Environmental Technician - Protection and Compliance diploma from Canadore College.

Nipissing University Professors and Instructors are outlined under the “Our People” tab. Our colleagues from Canadore College who collaborate on the ENBT Program include professors with expertise in the areas of Chemistry, Geoscience, Microbiology and Biology.

Outdoor Classrooms

Students have easy access to a 290-hectare natural area on campus that includes forests, meadows, streams, a pond and an impressive waterfall. In addition, the campus is surrounded by dozens of lakes and many different types of forest habitats, in which classes, field trips, and research projects can take place. The Lake Talon Field Research Station hosts several kinds of Field Camps where Nipissing students can spend a week in a forest-and-lake situation learning and polishing their outdoor skills. Students of the ENBT Program have access to the lab and research facilities at Nipissing, as well as the facilities of Canadore College, since the ENBT Program involves the collaboration of the two institutions.​

Courses in Biology & Chemistry

BIOL 2346: Techniques in Forestry

This course will provide students with an overview of the approaches and techniques used to study and manage forest ecosystems. Topics will include orienteering, ecological land classification, forest mensuration, silvicultural tree marking, long-term monitoring of permanent plot networks, wildlife habitat and biodiversity indicators, and dendrochronology.

BIOL 3447: Silviculture

Examine practices used to control the establishment, growth, species composition, and health of forests to meet diverse needs and values while following ecosystem-based management approaches to reforestation. Topics include silvicultural systems, stand development, site productivity, tree growth/architecture, tree improvement, seeding and planting stock, natural and artificial regeneration; site preparation, and tending.

CHEM 2056: Physical Chemistry

Students acquire a basic understanding of chemical thermodynamics and kinetics. Topics in thermodynamics include ideal and non-ideal gases, the three laws, physical transformations of pure substances, simple mixtures, chemical equilibrium, and chemical kinetics.

CHEM 4206: Electrochemistry

The physical properties of charged electrode/solution interfaces and the chemical processes that occur as a result of changes in electrical energy at those interfaces. Topics include a review of electrode processes of electrochemical cells, redox reactions of inorganic and organic substances, electrochemical instrumentation, electric double-layer structure and adsorption, electrode reaction kinetics and potential sweep methods.

Certificates earned through Canadore College

The Entry Level Drinking Water Course (ELC) – is a step towards an Operator-in-Training/ Class 1 Drinking Water Certificate.

The Green Check GPS Certificate – signifies that the recipient has a high-level of knowledge about using the Global Positioning System for successful navigation.

The Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring Network Certificate – denotes competency at identifying benthic invertebrates from lakes and streams.

The Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) Certificate – authenticates knowledge of how to work safely around dangerous chemicals.

Certificates available to all Nipissing students

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Nipissing University Greenhouse Complex

The Nipissing Greenhouse Complex is a state-of-the-art greenhouse that features three large growth zones containing multiple moveable benches. Each zone features independent computer controlled temperature, humidity and lighting that can be custom programmed for each plant and growing condition. The state of the art Argus System uses dedicated control hardware and software for maximum safety and reliability.

The Nipissing Greenhouse Complex is a state-of-the-art greenhouse that features three large growth zones containing multiple moveable benches. Each zone features independent computer controlled temperature, humidity and lighting that can be custom programmed for each plant and growing condition. The state of the art Argus System uses dedicated control hardware and software for maximum safety and reliability.

Plant Gro​wth Facility​

The Plant Growth Facility is located on the roof of Nipissing U​niversity's H-Wing. This facility houses two Conviron PGR14 computer controlled growth chambers. These chambers are capable of being programmed to regulate humidity, temperature and light over a 24-hour period.

Animal Research Facility

Nipissing University has a state-of-the-art high security Animal Research Facility where animals can be humanely studied by means of research projects that have been scrutinized and approved by the Animal Care Committee. This group is, in turn, overseen by the Canadian Council on Animal Care.

​​​Cent​ral Analytical Facility

​The Central Analytical Facility was created through a Canadian Foundation for Innovation initiative which brought together various stakeholders including Nipissing University, the Governments of Canada and Ontario, Varian Canada, Perkin Elmer and Fisher Scientific.

Resea​rch Groups

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Scholarships, awards, and bursaries for students in Biology programs

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Full-time Faculty

Adjunct Faculty


Diane Brownlee Biology

"My education at Nipissing has truly made me the student I am today. Nipissing offered individualized hands-on experiences to help each student find their individual niche and interest. I was given many opportunities at Nipissing to explore various fields of biology to help me identify my own skills that I can contribute to the field of biology. Following my degree, I completed a Masters of Science in Biology at York University. The critical thinking skills that were developed at Nipissing were crucial to my success in this very independent program. Currently, I am enrolled in the Masters of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Toronto learning new ways that my degree can be applied.

The base that Nipissing has provided me is unique; it was an amazingly supportive environment that still supports me to this day. I owe my love of biology to my professors at Nipissing University, their contagious passion, and their never-ending support for learning."

Diane Brownlee, BSc (Hon.) ‘13, MSc ‘15, MSc OT '17

"My classroom studies really supported my interests outside of school and definitely fuelled my involvement in the development of the student-led Ecovillage [residence townhouses devoted to reducing energy consumption] and the launch of the Flip-a-cup program [reusable mugs regularly washed by the cafeteria]. I really believe that even small changes can decrease our impact and ecological footprint. Whether promoting campus sustainability or assisting consumers in making environmentally friendly choices, all have a significant impact on the environment."

Melissa Lacey, BSc '08

"My undergraduate experience at Nipissing helped prepare me to pursue graduate research studies. The teaching-intensive Biology program provided me with a strong understanding of the field, and I had several opportunities to engage in research projects, which enhanced my ability to think both critically and scientifically. Having these experiences and a firm understanding of Biological principles, I was able to engage in PhD studies in New Zealand right out of Nipissing's degree program. Now three years into it, I am nearing completion of a PhD in Pathology at the University of Otago, New Zealand's leading University in research. I am being trained in the field of Free Radical Biology among some of the field's leading experts, in a lab that is internationally renowned and respected in the field. Nipissing University provided me with a strong platform to succeed and fulfill my dreams of becoming a research scientist."

Melissa Stacey; BSc (Hon.) '06 (Nipissing); PhD Candidate in the department of Pathology, University of Otago, Christchurch, NZ.

Graduates have gone on to successful careers in medicine, consulting, wildlife management, public health, and forestry. Our students have won prestigious scholarships, published thesis work in international scientific journals, and accepted awards at international conferences. Our students also have a high success rate in applying for postgraduate studies and receiving highly competitive scholarships.

Environmental Science / Environmental Studies

Nipissing University’s MES/MESc program offers students degrees in either Master of Environmental Studies or Master of Environmental Sciences. Both programs offer the training and development of graduates capable of contributing to the study of the environment and environmental issues and to the environmental problem solving of the future.

Career and Academic Options

  • Graduate Studies (Master and Doctoral degrees in the fields of biology and health)
  • Professional School (Medicine, Education, Law, MBA, Physiotherapy, Dentistry, Optometry, etc.)
  • Careers in biology, research, wildlife management, environmental management, forestry and consulting