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Faculty of Science and Technology

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences


Biology Major


About the Programme

The Biology Major covers the living world, from molecules to ecosystems, building up-to-date knowledge and practical skills in areas that are at the forefront of modern Biology and of relevance to the Caribbean. The flexibility of the programme caters to individual interests and career goals.

What Will I Study?

You will :
  • Develop an appreciation for and knowledge of the living world.
  • Become a creative, problem-solver and critical thinker in the laboratory, field and classroom.
  • Acquire knowledge and practical skills in areas that are at the forefront of modern Biology and relevant to the Caribbean.
  • Develop transferable skills widely applicable to various careers.

Facilities and Resources


Our Department does research in several areas of Biological Sciences especially in Biochemistry, Ecology and Microbiology. Some of our focus organisms include Our Department includes a Pew Marine Fellow, we host The Barbados Sea Turtle Project and an on-line Plants of the Eastern Caribbean database.

Career Opportunities

Typical careers:
  • Quality assurance officer
  • Environmental officer
  • Science teacher
  • Biosafety officer
  • Health care sales representative
  • Horticulturist
  • Research scientist
Continue on to postgraduate programmes in Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Fisheries, Food Science, Forensics, Plant Pathology, and other areas of applied Biology.

Why Study in Barbados

Our degree is internationally recognized with our graduates going on to do postgraduate work at universities worldwide. We offer a quality learning environment with small class sizes taught by full-time, international faculty in an unbeatable, safe tropical setting.

We welcome local, international and regional students.

At a Glance

  • Degree Level: Undergraduate
  • Qualification: BSc
  • Duration: Part time: Minimum 5 years, Full Time: 3-4years


Programme Details

You will need 93 credits approved by the Faculty of Science and Technology. For the Biology Major, 30 credits from Biology, Biochemistry, Ecology and Microbiology (10 courses) are required.

You will do courses in:

  •  Diversity of life
  •  Genetics
  •  Flowering Plant Physiology
  •  Ecophysiology of Animals
  •  Molecular Techniques
  •  Biochemistry, Ecology and Microbiology electives in your chosen areas of interest.

Applications are accepted from November to February. However, expressions of interest are accepted ALL year. Visit the Admissions website to view Entry Requirements and to Apply Now.

We offer low tuition fees and several scholarships and financial aid are available. Choose a payment plan that fits your education budget.

Department of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Telephone: (246) 417-4324/4323/4322 Fax:(246) 417-4325 Email: