Your degree in Cellular and Physiological Sciences

While studying cellular and physiological sciences, you’re exploring the basis of life. You’ll develop important skills and ways of thinking that can have a significant impact on communities of people and the world.

These skills may include:

  • Application of an in-depth understanding of the human body, spanning from a histological level to gross anatomy and physiology
  • Interdisciplinary approach to observing and exploring life and health sciences
  • Development and execution of research proposals and experimental design
  • Research and laboratory techniques with consistent application of safety protocols 
  • Laboratory report writing and presentation
  • Mock clinical testing in physiology labs, including usage of technology and tests for electrocardiograms, spirometry, and oral glucose tolerance
  • Technical biochemistry lab techniques using PCR, gel electrophoresis, UV spectrophotometry, and protein assays

Explore career possibilities

Career opportunities vary widely across a range of fields including health care, biotechnology, government agencies, education, research, 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.

Anatomical pathology technologist


Bacteriological technician


Biological laboratory technologist



Biotechnology technician

Cancer research technician


Cell biologist

Cellular physiologist

Clinical research associate

Clinical trials coordinator



Developmental biologist

Forensic laboratory technician


Health care researcher

Health educator

Health policy research analyst

Infectious disease specialist

Laboratory manager

Medical doctor

Medical laboratory technologist


Molecular geneticist




Pharmaceutical quality control manager



Renal technician

Scientific writer



Make the most of your specialization

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

UBC Science Co-op
Gain work experience in cellular and physiological sciences between study terms.

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

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

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.

Canadian Journal of Undergraduate Research
Submit your research papers for publication and gain experience with the peer review process.

UBC Undergraduate Research Opportunities club
Find a mentor, learn how to get into research, or receive help on publishing your manuscript.

Student Biotechnology Network
Attend events, meet professionals, and receive mentorship from innovative industry leaders.

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

From your Science degree, you’ll develop skills and experiences that can translate into many career paths. Check out other things you can do with your Science degree.