Your degree in Cellular and Physiological Sciences

Skills you’ll develop

While studying Cellular and Physiological Sciences, you’re inquiring into 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 studying 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 academic backgrounds, skills, and experience with your different interests. Read through the job titles below for ideas. 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
  • Anatomist
  • Bacteriological technician
  • Bioinformatician
  • Biological laboratory technologist
  • Biologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnology technician
  • Cancer research technician
  • Cardiologist
  • Cell biologist
  • Cellular physiologist
  • Clinical research associate
  • Clinical trials coordinator
  • Cytologist
  • Dentist
  • Developmental biologist
  • Forensic laboratory technician
  • Geneticist
  • Health care researcher
  • Health educator
  • Health policy research analyst
  • Infectious disease specialist
  • Laboratory manager
  • Medical doctor
  • Medical laboratory technologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Molecular geneticist
  • Neurologist
  • Oncologist
  • Parasitologist
  • Pharmaceutical quality control manager
  • Physiologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Renal technician
  • Scientific writer
  • Professor
  • Virologist

Make the most of your specialization

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

Build your network

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 finding job and volunteer opportunities. Most have reduced membership rates for students and new grads.

Connect with alumni on LinkedIn

Find UBC Cellular and Physiological Sciences (CAPS) graduates on LinkedIn to learn about where they’re working, and their career and academic paths.

More information

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