Biological Sciences BSc

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Biological Sciences BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

    • Tuition Fees EU/EEA:

      C$ 5,320 Per Year

      These fees apply to students from the EU/EEA

    • Tuition Fees International :

      C$ 22,267

      These fees apply to students from outside the EU/EEA

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    Course Summary

    The life sciences are a truly fascinating field, and attract students from all over the world. Whether you are considering a major or a minor in the life sciences, you’ll gain a much deeper understanding of the plants, animals and people who share the planet with you. 

    The University of Alberta’s General BSc degree program in the Biological Sciences is a great way to gain a solid basis in biology and the life sciences, and you can remain a generalist throughout your education. However, you can select modules with an eye towards specialisation in one or more areas as well. 

    In fact, with the wide array of minors and double majors also available to you, you can personalise your degree to an amazing level. Optional modules should be chosen to align with both your personal interests and passions as well as with your chosen career path.

    This program is also available as a combines BSc/Bed degree.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    If you are changing direction after starting in another career area, you will possess valuable work experience and professional awareness. Many employers actively seek candidates with these benefits. Our network of contacts, a dedicated employability service and a reputation in the legal profession mean we also have an outstanding track-record of finding students legal employment.Many employers favour GDL students in an increasingly competitive legal job market. Through studying another degree subject, you will have gained many transferable skills. By taking the conversion route into law, you are showing motivation and determination by choosing law at a later stage than some others. This looks good to employers.

    Course Outline

    This program is typically delivered over 4 years at full time.

    Available Biology Modules Include:

    • A Planet in Crisis
    • Biology: An Historical Perspective
    • Chemical Ecology
    • Community Ecology
    • Conservation Biology
    • Diversity and Evolution of Microbial Life
    • Ecotoxicology
    • Eukaryotic Cellular Biology
    • Experimental Biology
    • Field Methods in Ecology
    • Freshwater Ecology
    • Genetic Analysis of Populations
    • Global Biogeochemistry
    • Global Change and Ecosystems
    • Introduction to Biological Data
    • Introduction to Biological Diversity
    • Introduction to Cell Biology
    • Laboratory Techniques in Molecular Ecology and Systematics
    • Marine Science
    • Mechanisms of Evolution
    • Methods in Freshwater Ecology
    • Molecular Evolution and Systematics
    • Advanced Molecular Evolution and Systematics
    • Molecular Genetics and Heredity
    • Northern Ecology
    • Plant-Animal Interactions
    • Population Ecology
    • Principles of Ecology
    • Principles of Systematics
    • Research Opportunity
    • Research Project
    • Techniques in Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics
    • Understanding Biological Research
    • Wetland Science and Management
    • Zoonoses
    • Advanced Topics in Zoonoses

    Optional modules may also be selected from the Bioinformatics, Botany, Entomology, Genetics, Immunology & Infection, Marine Science, Microbiology, Paleontology and Zoology lists.

    Learning And Teaching

    The University of Alberta’s degree programs are delivered through fairly standard lesson formats. In all cases, the teaching methods have been selected to help students gain a deep understanding of the field and its place in society, to engage the minds of the students, to develop an atmosphere of mutual respect, and to ensure an optimal environment for learning. In addition to knowledge of the field, the students will develop independent critical thinking skills. 

    Career Possibilities

    The life sciences are a very broad category, and depending on the specialist modules you take, you could prepare yourself for nearly any role in it. 

    Recent graduates of the University of Alberta’s Biological Sciences BSc program have become Zoologists, Virologists, Research Scientists, Parasitologists, Microbiologists, Marine Biologists, Ichthyologists, Hydrologists, Healthcare Professionals, Geneticists, Forensic Laboratory Analysts, Environmental Education Specialists, Entomologists, Ecologists, Cytologists, Conservationists, Cancer Researchers, Botanists, Biologists, Biological Technicians and Bacteriologists.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a full BSc degree. 

    To apply, you’ll need to have completed high school or the equivalent secondary education. This must have included content in English, Mathematics, at least one Humanity and two Maths or Sciences.

    All classes are taught in English unless otherwise specified, and international students will be required to show proficiency in English by scoring well on an approved test. 

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