Your degree in Biology

While studying biology, you’re looking at life around you as a scientist – marvelling about its amazing diversity, adaptability, and beauty, as well as embracing the process of science as a way to learn about life. You’ll develop important skills and understand more about specialized topics such as botany and zoology.

These skills may include:

  • Interdisciplinary application of biological theories, practices and ethics
  • Experiment and project design, organization, and implementation
  • Critical analysis and synthesis of scientific research and literature
  • Field work techniques, such as plot study surveys and population estimates
  • Laboratory proficiency including usage of scientific equipment and knowledge of safety protocols
  • Data collection and maintenance of accurate records
  • Statistics and quantitative reasoning
  • Development and evaluation of models, such as estimating the flow of pollutants through an ecosystem, or predicting growth or decline of populations
     

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including research, consulting, environmental issues, agriculture, education, park services, pharmaceutical development, medicine, and others.

There are many career paths that can combine your academics, skills, and experience with your different interests. See the job titles below for ideas, but note that some career options may require further education or training.

Visit the National Occupational Classification website to research basic requirements and responsibilities of jobs in your field.

Agricultural scientist

Agrologist

Anesthesiologist

Arborist

Biostatistician

Botanical technician

Botanist

Chiropractor

Clinical research associate

Cytogenetics technologist

Dentist

Ecologist

Environmental biologist

Forensic laboratory technologist

Forester

Geneticist

Health care manager

Health care researcher/planner

Journalist

Laboratory technologist

Marine biologist

Medical doctor

Medical editor

Medical librarian

Mycologist

Nurse

Occupational therapist

Optometrist

Ornithologist

Pharmacist

Physical therapist

Physician assistant

Plant scientist

Scientific writer

Soil scientist

Speech-language pathologist

Taxonomist

Teacher/Professor

Toxicologist

Veterinarian

Veterinarian assistant

Wildlife biologist

Zoological technician

Zoologist

Make the most of your specialization

Your experiences will open doors to new opportunities and help clarify understanding of your values and interests.

UBC Biological Sciences Club
Attend an annual Biology student career night in term 2 or other events throughout the year.

UBC Sustainability programs and clubs
Browse on-campus paid and volunteer opportunities related to sustainability.

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in biology between study terms.

UBC Life Sciences Institute
Discover research opportunities, events, programs, and student competitions in life sciences.

Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre
Take selected field courses in coastal and marine sciences for university credit.

Botany research opportunities
Reach out directly to faculty members to ask about potential research positions.

Zoology research opportunities
For research positions related to zoology, contact a faculty member directly.

Faculty of Medicine Summer Research
Get experience in undergraduate medical research at UBC.

UBC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine summer program
Apply for funding and propose your research project to gain clinical experience in laboratory medicine.

BC Children’s Hospital research program
Participate in an undergraduate research project related to child and family health.

Online tutorials and training in ethics
Develop your understanding of research ethics and integrity through online training and tutorials.

UBC Medical Journal
Submit your academic research, case reports, reviews, commentaries, and news or letters for publication.

Let’s Talk Science
Check out volunteer opportunities to engage children and youth in STEM learning.

UBC Gearing Up summer camps
Volunteer to be a camp instructor or counsellor for high school and elementary school students.

Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Explore exhibits and volunteer opportunities at the on-campus museum.

Make connections

Employers often hire people they know, so help them get to know you! You can build your network through clubs, classes, informational interviews, and more. There are so many ways to make connections and find mentors. 

The professional associations below are also great resources for meeting people, learning about specific industries, and exploring job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

More information

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