Study Biology at UBC

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About Biology

Biology is a very 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. Biologists work in industry, government labs, universities, park services, consulting companies, and other areas. Consider the range of occupational fields in the life sciences: agronomy, biophysics, developmental biology, environmental law, forensic entomology, forestry, genetic counseling, immunology, medical practice, molecular biology, neurobiology, secondary school teaching, veterinary medicine, and much more.

Program details

The Biology Program at UBC’s Vancouver campus offers an extremely rich range of specialty and 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 focusses on plant science; and Zoology, another powerhouse department conducting research and teaching in developmental biology, comparative animal physiology, ecology and evolution. The Biology Program has one Major, two Combined Majors, eight Honours, and three Combined Honours options.

Programs offered

  • Major or Honours, Biology
  • Honours, Animal Biology
  • Honours, Cell and Developmental Biology
  • Combined Major or Combined Honours, Computer Science and Biology
  • Honours, Conservation Biology
  • Honours, Ecology and Environmental Biology
  • Honours, Evolutionary Biology
  • Honours, Marine Biology
  • Honours, Plant Biology
  • Combined Honours, Chemical Biology (See Chemistry)
  • Combined Major or Combined Honours, Biology and Oceanography
  • Co-op


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