Biology BSc

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Biology BSc

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    Key Information

    • Study Level:

      Bachelor

    • Duration:

      4 Years

    • Study Mode:

      Full Time

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    Course Summary

    Getting a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Northern British Columbia will give you a firm background in the life sciences, everything from molecular biology to community development and sustainability. You’ll learn in the classroom, but also in the lab and in the field, exploring the many different biomes of Northern British Columbia.

    Once you have settled on a BSc in Biology, you’ll have the option of remaining a student of Biology generally, or in choosing one of the following specialisations:

    • Applied Ecology
    • Botany and Mycology

    Cell Biology and Genetics

    • Ecology and Evolution
    • Field Biology and Natural History
    • Zoology

    The university also offers a few distinct yet closely related life science degrees. These are:

    • The BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
    • The BSc in Environmental Science
    • The BSc in Conservation Science and Practice
    • The BSc in Forest Ecology and Management

    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 degree program is typically delivered over 4 years of full time study.  

    Biology Modules Include:

    • Animal Behaviour
    • Animal Diseases and Parasites
    • Animal Physiology
    • Aquatic Plants
    • Basic Statistics 
    • Calculus for Non-majors
    • Calculus I & II
    • Cell and Molecular Biology
    • Communications in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies
    • Conservation Biology
    • Disturbance Ecology and Forest Health
    • Ecological Analyses
    • Ecology
    • Entomology
    • Environmental  Modelling
    • Ethnobotany
    • Evolutionary Biology
    • Field Camp
    • Fish Ecology
    • Fungi and Lichens
    • General Chemistry I & II
    • General Chemistry Lab I & II
    • Genetics
    • Ichthyology and Herpetology
    • Insects, Fungi, and Society
    • Introduction to Physics
    • Introductory Biochemistry
    • Introductory Biology I and  II
    • Introductory Biology Laboratory I & II
    • Introductory Physics I:  Mechanics 
    • Introductory Physics II:  Waves & Electricity 
    • Invertebrate Zoology
    • Limnology
    • Microbiology
    • Natural Resources Planning
    • Organic Chemistry I & II
    • Ornithology and Mammalogy
    • Outdoor, Environmental, and Experiential Education
    • Plant Biology
    • Plant Ecology
    • Plants, Society and the Environment
    • Population and Community Ecology
    • Systematic Botany
    • Systematic Botany
    • Wildlife Ecology
    • Writing and Communication Skills

    Learning And Teaching

    UNBC uses many different learning and teaching methods, depending on the subject of each module. These can include lectures and seminars, professional skills workshops and special events. Some modules may be available as distance learning or blended learning programs. 

    UNBC’s BSc in Biology program also features extensive laboratory and fieldwork tutorials, which will give you practical experience doing the work of a research or conservational biologist and ensure that you are qualified for a range of careers.

    Career Possibilities

    This degree will prepare you for many different life sciences, biotechnology and health-based careers throughout Canada or the world. Some students will seek out Master’s degree programs in the life sciences. Others will take up specific professional or business training programs, such as becoming a Registered Professional Biologist or a Biologist in Training. Others will seek immediate employment in the private, public and not for profit sectors. Current graduates work in this capacity throughout North America.

    Entry & Credit

    Successful completion will result in a 4 year BSc degree.

    Applicants must typically have completed a secondary school program with a 65%+ average in their relevant coursework, or the international equivalent.  

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

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