Get your hands dirty in the laboratory and in the field while you study all aspects of living things and their processes. You’ll gain an excellent foundation in all fields of biology while learning the practical skills of a working biologist. Within the Biology program, you can choose to focus on a number of subject areas, including ecology, cell and developmental biology, and physiology.
This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver CampusFind out more
Why this program?
- Tap into research opportunities and the expertise of renowned professors in the field
- Take advantage of world-class research facilities, including the Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services
- Benefit from hands-on and in-the-field learning
- Campus: Okanagan
- Faculty: Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences
- Degree: Bachelor of Science
- Length 4 yrs
You can combine your studies with full-time, paid work at top local and international organizations.
You can study intense specialization in a single field.
Biology is the study of all aspects of living things and their processes, including plants, animals and insects, and their relationships to their environment. The Biology program on UBC’s Okanagan campus offers you a wide variety of practical experience in laboratory and field work, the chance to leverage computers, and the opportunity to develop your oral and written communication skills.
Experiential learning and research
There are ample opportunities for field work in the Biology program’s course offerings, including Limnology, Field Ornithology, Flora of British Columbia, and more. Two senior-level course options allow you to conduct independent research projects in the field.
Take your studies abroad with the Go Global program and the Exchange and Research Abroad program, or participate in original research – either your own or a professor’s in your field.
- Go Global
- Irving K. Barber School Undergraduate Research Awards
- NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards
- Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund
UBC’s Okanagan campus is home to a number of world-class research facilities, including the Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology Research Facility, the Centre for Microbiome and Inflammatory Research, and 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.
- Biodiversity and Landscape Ecology Research Facility
- Centre for Microbiome and Inflammatory Research
- Okanagan Institute for Biodiversity, Resilience, and Ecosystem Services
Life at UBC's Okanagan campus
UBC's Okanagan campus is renowned for its research opportunities and access to professors. On a tight-knit campus like the Okanagan’s, you’ll be able to work closely with award-winning faculty and make meaningful connections with your peers. Professors are collaborating with student researchers on cutting-edge projects like climate change research, Alzheimer’s treatments, and even algorithms to optimize business and research.Find out more
Work in health sciences, environmental assessment, or food production, in national parks or with engineering firms. Biology serves as the gateway to a wide range of careers in fields such as:
- Human or veterinary medicine
- Molecular genetics
"UBC Okanagan provides you with a great education and excellent networking and relationship building opportunities. Developing those relationships helped me find an Honours Biology project that interested me, a great mentor (Svan Lembke), and the career that I am now in."Kaela Loffler, Biology and Management Read the full story
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