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, in fields ranging from public policy and medical sciences, to renewable energy and pollution control.

This program is also offered at UBC's Vancouver Campus
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Why this program?

  • Work with renowned faculty researchers exploring topics such as gene regulation, immune responses, and susceptibility to inflammatory bowel disease
  • Take advantage of world-class research facilities, including the Centre for Microbiome and Inflammatory Research
  • Benefit from hands-on and in-the-field learning
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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. It will help you develop a wide range of lab, communication, and critical thinking skills. As a graduate of the program, you’ll be prepared to either begin a career in the food and beverage industry, health sciences, or environmental sciences, or to continue on to graduate school or a professional program in medicine or dentistry.

Experiential learning and research

Participate in original research – either your own or a professor’s in your field. The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences supports student research through the Undergraduate Research Awards, which allow students to carry out their own projects over the summer months, and other awards, which provide opportunities to work with professors on their research. You’ll also have the opportunity to take your studies abroad with the Go Global and Exchange and Research Abroad programs.

Campus features

UBC’s Okanagan campus is home to a number of world-class research facilities, including 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.

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 gene regulation, immune responses, and inflammatory bowel disease.

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Your future

Graduates from the Microbiology program on UBC’s Okanagan campus are equipped to work in:

  • Health sciences
  • Environmental sciences
  • Food and beverage industries
  • Forestry and agriculture
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine

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

  • IB Mathematics (Standard or Higher Level; IB Math Studies does not meet the requirement)
  • One of IB Biology, IB Chemistry, IB Physics, or IB Geography (Standard or Higher Level)
  • Chemistry at the junior or Grade 11 level
  • Physics at the junior or Grade 11 level (strongly recommended)
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