Each campus is well equipped for a wide range of biological research; some major equipment and facilities include transmission and scanning electron microscopes, spectrophotometers, liquid scintillation and other radioactivity counters, high performance liquid and gas chromatographs, amino acid analyzer, preparative and analytical ultracentrifuges, electrophysiology equipment, tissue culture, animal and plant growth facilities, controlled environment cabinets and on-line computer access. State-of-the-art facilities for research in genomics and bioinformatics are available at the new Centre for Advanced Research in Environmental Genomics (CAREG). Students also benefit from the resources of nearby government laboratories and libraries (for example, Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, Environment Canada, Health Canada, the National Research Council and the Canadian Institute for Scientific and Technical Information). Several staff members of both universities are involved in joint projects with scientists in government laboratories and with other scientists in fields of research such as biotechnology.
Students wishing to pursue studies in the biological sciences at the master's and doctoral levels in the Ottawa area do so in a co-operative program that combines the resources of the Departments of Biology of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University. The two universities have a joint committee which supervises the programs, regulations, and student admissions.
The program operates within the general framework of the "Regulations and Procedures for Joint Graduate Programs" (www.ocjip.ca) and the general regulations of the graduate faculty at each of the two universities.