Community Placements & Specializations

Community Placements for academic credit

There are three placements available to Biology students at Trent University. These placements give students hands-on experience in their chosen field of study. Students do their placement with collaborating agencies such as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Parks Canada, conservation authorities, local hospitals, pharmacies, and health units, to name a few.

Please note that enrollment in placements is limited and competitive. Students must apply in the academic year before anticipated enrolment in the course. Application forms can be found on the Biology Forms page.

 

Placement in Conservation Biology (BIOL 4400Y)

An apprenticeship at a collaborating agency working in biological conservation. Students assist in a project pertaining to research and conservation of living things for the equivalent of approximately six hours per week. Evaluation is based on a written appraisal from the agency, as well as a written report and an oral presentation.

Open only to Honours students in Biology or Conservation Biology.

Prerequisite: 13.5 university credits, a minimum cumulative average of 75%, BIOL 3600H (or 3620H), and BIOL-ERSC 2260H; or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: BIOL-ERSC 4390H.

Enrolment is limited and competitive. Students in third year must apply by April 30 for the following academic year. Application forms can be found on the Biology Forms page. BIOL 4400Y may be taken jointly with BIOL 4010Y where the project warrants, but the student may not receive credit for a single-credit thesis in another department or program.

 

Placement in Health Sciences (BIOM 4450Y)

A placement in a medically-related setting for the equivalent of six hours a week for 24 weeks. Students are required to write a report on their placement. In 2019-20, it is open only to students in the Biomedical Degree program.

Prerequisite: 13.5 university credits; a minimum cumulative average of 75%; and BIOL 2050H, BIOL 2070H, BIOL 3080H, CHEM 1000H, and CHEM 1010H; or permission of instructor. Co-requisite: BIOL 3830H or 3840H.

Enrolment is limited and competitive. Students in third year must apply by April 30 for the following academic year. Application forms can be found on the Biology Forms page. Students may not apply retroactively. Excludes BIOM 4460H.

 

Placement in Medical Sciences (BIOM 4460H)

A placement in a hospital setting for the equivalent of three hours a week for 12 weeks. Students are also assigned practical readings and background theory every week from their preceptor. In 2019-20, it is open only to students in the Biomedical Degree program.

Prerequisite: 13.5 university credits; a minimum cumulative average of 80%; and BIOL 3830H or 3840H. Co-requisite: BIOL 4160H and 4320H.

Enrolment is limited and competitive. Students in third year must apply by April 30 for the following academic year. Application forms can be found on the Biology Forms page. Students may not apply retroactively. Excludes BIOM 4450Y.

 

Specializations

The Trent University Biology Department is currently offering two different Specializations within the Biology Degree program: the Specialization in Conservation Biology, and the Specialization in Health Sciences. The Specialization in Conservation Biology currently includes the placement detailed above as a requirement, but after the 2019/20 academic year, there is no placement associated with the Specialization in Health Sciences.