Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Program feature: Medical Laboratory Science

Are you on the hunt for that perfect science degree? The one that comprises multiple disciplines, offers undergraduate research opportunities, prepares you for a breadth of in-demand careers, and equips you with a set of job-ready skills? UBC’s Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science encompasses all of that while award-winning professors help you develop your understanding of a wide array of disciplines, from human pathology, immunology, and biochemistry, to genetics, statistics, and medical microbiology.

 

What will I learn in Medical Laboratory Science?

After entering the BMLSc program in your third year at UBC, you’ll be part of an intimate cohort of 24 students. Because of the smaller class size, you’ll be able to gain hands-on lab experience, developing a diverse set of technical laboratory skills.

Through your coursework, you’ll learn the theory and gain the practical laboratory skills needed to design and implement experiments and analyze the results. You’ll also learn about human health and disease through a broad range of health science and laboratory disciplines including clinical chemistry, genetics, toxicology, pathology, hematology, histology, and medical microbiology.

If you’re passionate about research, you could complete a directed studies research project with faculty, or apply for the Summer Student Fellowship Program, which provides you with clinical experiences in laboratory medicine. These opportunities will sharpen your transferrable skills, develop your interdisciplinary thinking, and help steer you toward a career that fulfills you.

 

What can I do with a Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science?

BMLSc graduates have a variety of exciting and rewarding careers to choose from. Former students have predominantly moved into roles as research assistants or technicians in academic, clinical, or industry laboratories.

You could also take further studies to become a health professional in fields such as dentistry, radiation, cardiology, and much more. Graduates have high acceptance rates into medical, dental, and graduate schools, specialty technologist training programs, and public health and health administration programs.

 

What kind of student thrives in Medical Laboratory Science?

If you want to see the type of student that is a great fit for Medical Laboratory Science, read what alumna Lily Takeuchi has to say about her experience. She talks about what attracted her to the program, what kinds of opportunities she took advantage during her studies, and where her degree can take her.

 

I would recommend this program to individuals who thrive in smaller classroom environments. I would even recommend this program for anyone still searching for what they’re passionate about. Without a doubt, given the amount of areas you are exposed to in BMLSc, you can definitely find something along the way that stands out to you.” – Lily Takeuchi, Medical Laboratory Science alumna 

 

How do I apply to Medical Laboratory Science?

To earn this two-year undergraduate degree, you must complete a two-year general program of specific science prerequisites – which could be taken in first and second year of a UBC Bachelor of Science – or a Medical Laboratory Technology diploma program and specific chemistry prerequisites.

Learn more about how to apply to Medical Laboratory Science.

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Which UBC Forestry program is for you?

Are you looking for a science-based degree that challenges you academically, provides exciting opportunities to enrich your university experience, and opens the door to a breadth of in-demand careers? UBC’s Faculty of Forestry – ranked top 3 in the world – has five programs that span topics from wood engineering and sustainability to soil science and urban planning.

No matter which Forestry program you study, you’ll be part of a diverse, close-knit community where faculty get to know their students by name, and where you have ample opportunities to dig deeper into your specialization with research, travel, and unique classroom experiences.

 

Bachelor of Science in Forest Sciences

If you have an inquisitive mind and want to unravel the mysteries of nature, Forest Sciences is an ideal program for you. You’ll study the scientific principles related to the growth and development of forest organisms and the ecology of plant and animal communities. This knowledge will help you better understand aspects of our forests such as wildlife, fire, insects, diseases, soil, tree genetics, and forest regeneration.

“I like the flexibility in terms of choosing what topic within Forest Sciences that I can focus on. There are suggested specializations, such as hydrology or entomology, but I’m also able to choose a topic that I’m interested in. There is a specialization in International Forestry, where students are required to spend time abroad and learn about forest ecosystems in a global context.”
–Jennifer Hong, 4th year, Forest Sciences

Learn more about Forest Sciences

 

Bachelor of Science in Forestry

The interdisciplinary Forestry program combines science – biological, physical, and social – and technology to advance your understanding of sustainable forest management and develop your knowledge in topics spanning forest planning and management to the operational aspects of extracting timber. You can choose from two majors – Forest Resources Management, or Forest Operations – both of which are accredited by the Canadian Forestry Accreditation Board.

“Forest Resources Management offers an excellent avenue to receiving a bachelor’s degree and becoming a Registered Professional Forester. The demand for trained individuals inside and outside the province is constantly growing.”
–David Hamilton, 4th year, Forestry

Learn more about Forestry

 

Bachelor of Science in Natural Resources Conservation

Have you ever considered becoming a conservation scientist? Do you want to play an active role in protecting and managing our natural environment, such as wildlife, forests, rivers, oceans, and land? In Natural Resources Conservation, the faculty’s most popular degree program, you’ll learn about the maintenance of habitats and the persistence of diverse natural resources, and gain a better understanding of the balance that is needed among environmental, social, economic, cultural, and aesthetic values.

“The Natural Resources Conservation Program will give you the skills and knowledge to meet the big challenges our world is facing right now. It will help you think holistically about how different disciplines can come together to solve our biggest environmental challenges and achieve a balance between our increasing needs for goods and services and the protection of our ecosystems.”
–Valentina Coy, 3rd year, Natural Resources Conservation

Learn more about Natural Resources Conservation

 

Bachelor of Science in Wood Products Processing

If you’re an innovative thinker who loves to tackle problems, you’ll enjoy the blend of science, engineering, and business in the Wood Products Processing program. You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of wood science, business, and advanced manufacturing operations while you develop essential transferable skills such as problem solving, communication, leadership, and teamwork.

“If you are interested in building a successful professional career in an innovative, creative, and sustainable industry, then the Wood Products Processing program will provide you with a strong foundation. The faculty offers a strong co-op program, positive tri-mentoring program, and a range of leadership-building classes.”
–Jonathan Jean-Hwa Chu, 4th year, Wood Products Processing

Learn more about Wood Products Processing

 

Bachelor of Urban Forestry

The Urban Forestry program – the first of its kind in Canada, and the faculty’s newest degree – teaches you about planning and managing urban green spaces and ecosystems for human welfare, ecological health, and the protection of our cities’ support systems. You could tackle the problems arising from increased urban populations and global warming, and help create more sustainable and greener communities.

“If you are thinking of going into landscape architecture, urban planning, landscape planning, urban agriculture, or arboriculture, this is a great undergraduate program for you. You can minor in either Urban Green-Space Management or Landscape and Recreation Planning, or take courses from both minor pools.”
–Elliot Bellis, 3rd year, Urban Forestry

Learn more about Urban Forestry

 

Co-operative education opportunities

Completing a co-op is your chance to get real-world experience, make money – the average salary is about $3,000 per month – and begin building your professional network. All five Forestry programs offer co-ops so that you can learn about possible careers and jobs in your field of interest. UBC Forestry students have completed co-ops at organizations such as the Pacific Salmon Ecology and Conservation Lab, UBC’s Advanced Renewable Materials Lab, Pioneer Forest Consulting, and many more.

99% of co-op students reported overall job satisfaction
98% of employers said they would hire their co-op students again

Check out the Forestry co-op Instagram account to see the kinds of experiences UBC students are gaining as they get their hands dirty in labs and forests, and travel as far as Malawi. Plus, you can read students’ stories about their work terms.

Think studying Forestry could be the choice for you? Take our quick survey to express your interest in joining an online info session about UBC Forestry.