Microbiology

at UBC's

Okanagan Campus

Explore fascinating new worlds at the microscopic level in Microbiology, the study of life too small to see with the naked eye. This program will prepare you for a career in microbiology, including food and beverage industries, health sciences, and environmental sciences.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Program information

  • Campus: Okanagan
  • Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science
  • Length 4 yrs
  • Co-op Yes
    You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
  • Honours Yes
    You can study intense specialization in a single field.

This program is designed to provide you with a breadth of knowledge in microbiology as it applies to the environment, health, and industry. As a graduate of the program, you will have developed a wide-range of lab, communication, and critical thinking skills. You will be prepared for a career in microbiology (i.e., food and beverage industries, health sciences, and environmental sciences), graduate school, or other professional programs.

Experiential learning and research

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences holds an annual undergraduate research conference on UBC’s Okanagan campus to showcase student research projects. Join the Biology Course Union on UBC’s Okanagan campus to connect with peers, get involved in advocacy, and gain increased access to career resources.

Campus features

UBC’s Okanagan campus is home to the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services (BRAES). BRAES is a consortium of UBC faculty members and students, collaborators, and partner organizations working together to advance research and teaching in conservation and ecology.

What can you do with this major after graduation?

Your future

A UBC education will introduce you to people and ideas from around the world, open doors to new opportunities, and take you places you never imagined. You’ll graduate not only with expertise in your chosen field, but with the skills you need to continue growing, learning, and evolving with your career over time.

UBC stories

"My time at the BC Cancer Agency is the greatest learning and clinical health care experience I have had. I heard from other students working on research projects at the BC Cancer Agency that each year, the Kelowna centre hires students for summer positions. I simply reached out to the centre to apply for a position."

Bhavan Panghali, Microbiology Read the full story

Program requirements

English-language requirements

English is the language of instruction at UBC. All prospective students must demonstrate English-language competency prior to admission. There are numerous ways to meet the English Language Admission Standard.

General admission requirements

  • Completion of the IB Diploma with a minimum score of 24 points, including at least three Higher Level courses and additional points for Extended Essay and Theory of Knowledge.
  • Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction.

Degree-specific requirements: Science

  • Math (Standard or Higher Level) with a minimum grade of 3 (IB Math Studies is not accepted for programs requiring Math [Standard or Higher Level])
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, or IB Physics (Standard or Higher Level) (If you didn’t complete Biology, Chemistry, or Physics in the IB Diploma, you may meet this requirement by completing one year of this subject at the Grade 11, or junior level, under an international curriculum. Determine the level of study that satisfies this requirement)
  • Chemistry (at least one year)
  • Physics (at least one year) is strongly recommended
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