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What will I learn?

Study all aspects of living things and their processes as you learn about the fundamental concepts in Biology. You’ll have a diverse range of courses to choose from, providing insight into the various sub-disciplines such as ecology, human biology, and animal physiology. Specializations within the Biology program range from Animal Biology to Evolutionary Biology to Chemical Biology, and much more.

Biology is a broad field dedicated to the study of all aspects of living things and their vital processes. It encompasses the study of animals, plants, insects, and microbes as well as their relationships with their environments. The Biology program at UBC’s Vancouver campus offers an extremely rich range of specialty course options that span the field’s many sub-disciplines. It is overseen by two departments: Botany (in the academic field, one of the largest and strongest in North America) which focuses on plant science; and Zoology, another powerhouse department conducting research and teaching in developmental biology, comparative animal physiology, ecology, and evolution.

Biology is available as a major or honours, with combined major or combined honours available with Computer Science, Chemistry, and Oceanography. There are several honours degrees in Biology specializations as well, including

  • Animal Biology
  • Cell and Development Biology
  • Conservation Biology
  • Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • Plant Biology

The honours streams are recommended for students interested in pursuing graduate studies in a biological sciences field.

Experiential learning and research

The Biodiversity Research Centre is a state-of-the-art facility that is home to 50 researchers in disciplines such as evolution, systematics and phylogeny, population and community ecology, fisheries management, conservation biology, and theoretical modeling.

UBC students are able to visit the Beaty Biodiversity Museum for free. The museum is dedicated to promoting the appreciation of biodiversity and making the research conducted by the scientists of UBC’s Biodiversity Research Centre accessible to the public. The museum has more than two million specimens of plants, insects, fish, shells, birds, mammals, and fossils.

Your future

The Biology program is designed to provide you with a strong grounding in several sub-fields of biology and the basic practical skills of the working biologist. It will prepare you for graduate school in various biological sciences disciplines as well as for professional schools (medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, law, journalism, etc.).

You’ll learn to analyze and interpret data, apply biological concepts, collect and observe data, conduct field and lab research, write technical reports, and to think analytically and critically.

Program graduates

PhD candidate in public health and primary care, University of Cambridge

Dentist, Fairmont Dental Group

Veterinary medicine and surgery student, University of Edinburgh

PhD candidate in Microbial Evolution, University of Oslo

Genetic counsellor, Alberta Health Services

Research assistant, BC Cancer Agency

Science and math teacher, St. George’s School

Which department am I in?

Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Full-time course load: CAN $40,765.20 for 30 credits; Per-credit amount: CAN $1,358.84
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

The University of British Columbia

Vancouver Campus,

2329 West Mall,

VANCOUVER,

British Columbia (BC),

V6T 1Z4, Canada

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
Full-time course load: CAN $40,765.20 for 30 credits; Per-credit amount: CAN $1,358.84
Start date

Expected January, September 2022

Venue

Okanagan Campus

3333 University Way,

KELOWNA,

British Columbia (BC),

V1V 1V7, Canada

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have Successful completion of the Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points including at least three Higher Level courses as well as additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge. Other English language requirements: CAE(Certificate in Advanced English ): Minimum score  of B; CAEL(Canadian Academic English Language assessment): Overall score  of 70; TOEFL Paper-based test with the TWE (Test of Written English): ): Minimum score  of 55 each for Reading, Listening, and Writing (4.0 on TWE); MELAB(Michigan English Language Assessment Battery with the MELAB Oral Interview): 85 final score with 3 in the speaking test; PTE(Pearson Test of English (Academic)): Overall score: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60.

For international students

Graduation from a university-preparatory program at a senior secondary school: Higher Secondary School Certificate awarded on completion of Standard XII. Certificates must be official. Photocopies are acceptable if certified by school principal, head, or counsellor. Notarized copies are not acceptable.

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • Math (Standard XII)
  • Chemistry (Standard XII)
  • Physics (Standard XII) (Physics may be waived with grades of A in Senior Math and Senior Chemistry)

English Language Admission Standard: Canadian Academic English Language assessment - Overall 70; Cambridge English Qualifications – 180; UBC Certificate in English – 600; International English Language Testing System (Academic) - 6.5, with no part less than 6.0; Pearson Test of English (Academic) - Overall: 65, Reading: 60, Listening: 60, Writing: 60, Speaking: 60; Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test - Overall: 90, Reading: 22, Listening: 22, Writing: 21, Speaking: 21.

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