A Career in Biology

You want to be a biologist,
but you don't know where to start.

Photo of elkYou have decided you want to be a biologist and would like to come to the University of British Columbia, but just don't know where to look for information. This web site should assist you with some of the more commonly asked questions about studying biology at UBC.

You have several options after graduating from high school: You can either start biology studies at a college by taking courses that are transferrable to UBC, or you can apply directly to university.

If you want to study biology at UBC, you would apply for Admission to UBC (through the Registrar's Office) to do a B.Sc. with a biology specialization in the Faculty of Science. Admission is based on your taking a high school program leading to university entrance.

You are currently a high school student in BC or The Yukon

  • Required courses
  • Approved examinable Grade 12 courses
  • Approved Grade 11 Science courses
  • Approved Grade 11 Language courses
  • International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement
  • Concurrent Enrolment Policy
  • Adult Basic Education - Provincial Diploma

You are currently a high school student in another province in Canada

Curricula for university admission vary between provinces. If you are a high school student in another province in Canada, you should check with your school counsellor for a list of courses that would be appropriate for you.

  • Specific program requirements
  • Ontario
  • Quebec
  • Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia,Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Northwest Territories

You are currently attending school outside of Canada

  • General Certificate of Education of General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • School Certificate
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Secondary School Graduation from an accredited high school in the USA

You are currently attending a College or another University in Canada

  • General admission requirements
  • Maximum allowable transfer credit
  • Unassigned credit
  • Challenge credit
  • Institutes of technology
  • Appealing for additional credit

You have been away from school for several years but now want to study biology at UBC

  • Senior Citizen
  • Mature Applicant
Once you have started your studies, consult the Biology Program Guide for program requirements.