Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Investigate the origin, maintenance and organization of biodiversity and how organisms interact within the natural world.

Ecology Professor Michael Russello researches giant tortoises on Pinzón Island, Ecuador.

What You Need to Know

Why study ecology and evolutionary biology (EEBI) at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Obtain the skills needed to enter into a wide variety of career paths in conservation biology, wildlife biology, education, research, and law. Students benefit from courses that examine global biodiversity and ways to protect it, using tools such as geographic information systems, genetics, and population modelling. 

Research projects 
Work closely with faculty members who supervise independent research. Students can participate in lab-based or field research, at study sites in diverse forests, grasslands, lakes and rivers, and agroecosystems. Projects range from quantifying biodiversity in soils to modelling impacts of climate change on forests to the behaviour of wild predators.

Student network
Join our local student chapter of The Wildlife Society, composed of student and professional members. Take advantage of increased networking, career development and learning opportunities that you prepare you for national and international opportunities. 

Co-op experience
Put your classroom learning to the test with Co-op job placements throughout the region and beyond. Co-op helps you to gain beneficial skills such as how to build your resumé, apply for jobs, expand your professional network and earn money to pay for tuition.

Program Overview

Get your UBC degree in ecology and evolutionary biology (EEBI), a College of Applied Biology accredited program, and interdisciplinary field that draws on biological, earth, and environmental sciences among others. The study of ecology concerns itself with how organisms interact with each other and their natural world, while evolutionary biology focuses on the origin and maintenance of biodiversity. Both disciplines span the spectrum of biological organization, from molecules and cells, to communities and ecosystems.

Students in the EEBI program will develop an understanding of core biology concepts and principles, and gain practical experience in the laboratory, field, and classroom, where you will develop computer and communication (both verbal and written) skills. The program prepares students for graduate school and professional programs such as medicine and dentistry.

In EEBI undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in ecology and evolutionary biology. The BSc program offers a major and honours in ecology and evolutionary biology.


UBC Okanagan’s ecology and evolutionary biology program offers a wide variety of foundational and advanced courses that explore topics ranging from the structure and function of plant and animal cells to the fundamental processes underlying adaptive evolution, speciation, and extinction.

Sample courses:

  • BIOL 201 — Introduction to Evolution and Ecology
  • BIOL 301 — Evolutionary Principles and Methods
  • BIOL 401 — Spatial Ecology
  • BIOL 422 — Conservation Biology

Click here to browse ecology and evolutionary biology courses and descriptions courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links take you to ecology and evolutionary biology program details in the Okanagan Academic Calendar, a comprehensive guide to all programs, courses, services, and academic policies at The University of British Columbia.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

Find out more about graduate studies in biology.

Visit the biology homepage within the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences.


British Columbia High School Requirements

  • Chemistry 11 
  • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples
  • Pre-calculus 12 (minimum 67%)
  • Two other approved Grade 12 courses, including at least one of Biology 12, Chemistry 12, Geography 12, Geology 12, or Physics 12

For general admission requirements and program specific requirements, all Canadian high school, international high school, Canadian post-secondary or international post-secondary applicants should visit

Students are encouraged to declare their major in ecology and evolutionary biology at the end of their first year in order to take the prerequisite second-year courses. Refer to the Academic Calendar for admission requirements.

Deadlines and Fees

Application Deadlines
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at

Tuition Fees
UBC Okanagan's fees compare favourably with universities of the same high calibre. See Financial Planning for helpful resources, and add up your first-year costs with our Cost Calculator.

How to Apply

Apply to UBC at—there are just five steps in the application process. Soon you could be studying at one of the world's top universities.

Check out the steps to apply to UBC, and be sure to choose "Okanagan campus."

Or let our Student Recruitment & Advising experts guide you: call 1-877-807-8521.

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Your Career Options

Earn a UBC degree respected by employers around the globe. Build a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate Ecology and Evolutionary Biology studies, and explore job opportunities that include wildlife ecologist, environmental consultant, agricultural pest-manager, and geneticist



  • Bioinformaticist
  • Conservation ecologist
  • Ecological consultant 
  • Ecologist
  • Ecotoxicology technologist
  • Entomologist
  • Environmental educator
  • Field ecologist
  • Fisheries manager
  • Forest health survey coordinator
  • Forestry technician
  • Geneticist
  • GIS/remote sensing technologist
  • Integrated pest manager
  • Land management specialist
  • Land use analyst
  • Natural resource manager
  • Park warden/naturalist
  • Researcher
  • Restoration ecologist
  • Public policy advisor
  • Science writer/ journalist
  • Wildlife management officer

Potential Employers

  • Government agencies and environmental ministries
  • Universities, colleges, and research institutions
  • Agricultural, fertilizer, food, forestry, paper/pulp, mining, petrochemical, and food industries
  • Environmental, interpretation, and education consulting firms
  • Non-government conservation and wildlife organizations

Co-op Experience

Learn and earn with Co-op, a paid opportunity for students to enrich their education with work experience. At UBC’s Okanagan campus, sign up for Co-op to: build your resumé with professional experience; learn valuable tips on how to successfully apply for jobs; expand your network of industry contacts; and earn money to pay for tuition. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Further Studies

The Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences offers MSc and PhD degrees in biology. UBC Okanagan also has an Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (IGS) program in which students may have a biology department faculty member as their primary supervisor.

Gain Valuable Experience

Learning experiences beyond the classroom help prepare you for a career and life after university. Expand your horizons while studying abroad, conducting meaningful research, or working in the community with your UBC colleagues.

Travel and Learn

  • See the world through Go Global, a UBC program that allows students to complete courses or conduct research at one of more than 150 international partner institutions in 45 countries worldwide.
  • Travel to a conferences or competition with financial assistance available through the Tuum Est Student Initiative Fund, which provides financial support up to $3,500.
  • Take part in Research Abroad and experience different cultures while developing new research skills and accessing resources beyond what might be offered at UBC.

Undergraduate Research

Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:

Research Scholarships

Get a financial boost to start your research experience and help pay for travel and other expenses. Win merit-based cash awards that look awesome on your resumé.

Work Opportunities

  • Learn through doing, create strong connections, and develop professional skills with a campus job arranged by UBC’s Work Study Program.
  • Meet a community need and get practical experience by volunteering for a Community Service Learning project—a life-changing experience.
  • Co-op puts your classroom learning to the test, allowing you to explore career options while earning money. Inquire about Co-op by phone at 250.807.9623 or by email.

Meet Your Peers and Profs

Find out what students, faculty, and alumni have to say about UBC Okanagan’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program:
Taylor Weixl

Taylor Weixl

Student experience: “There are a lot of cool jobs in biology that involve outdoor activities.”

Michael Russello

Michael Russello, UBC Professor

"I was drawn to the idea of a smaller campus that was research-intensive and valued undergraduate research."

Jon Bepple

Jonathan Bepple, UBC Alum

“Being able to pinpoint where water is used and by whom is incredibly helpful.”

Welcome to UBC's Okanagan Campus

The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the 40 best universities in the world. In the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology program at UBC’s Okanagan campus, you gain all the benefits of attending a globally respected university while studying in a close-knit learning community.


Tour the Campus

  • Get a glimpse into life on UBC’s Okanagan campus at
  • Take a virtual tour of our state-of-the-art labs, modern facilities, campus residences.
  • Visit the campus in-person for a guided tour led by a student ambassador.
  • Tour the campus, city and lake with this interactive 360-degree Kelowna From Above* video.
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Day One: What to Expect

On the first day of university, faculties offer "Meet the Dean" sessions where you can get to know the Dean, professors, and the staff who provide student support. It’s all part of CREATE, UBC Okanagan’s new student orientation.

Attend an orientation that’s tailored to your needs as an aboriginal student, domestic student, international student, or a student living in residence. You can even register your parents for an orientation that includes a workshop and campus tour.

Academic Support

  • Peer mentors are a great resource — ask questions and learn from students who've been there, done that.
  • Navigate your studies with the help of a professor, your Program Advisor.
  • Use the library which offers print, audiovisual and electronic research materials, a leisure-reading collection and loaner laptops. It also offers research consultations, instruction and workshops.
  • The library’s Writing and Resource Centre can help you articulate your ideas. Pursue your research in a range of subject areas and scholarly genres including essay writing, grammar, presentation skills, punctuation, thesis development and coursework.
  • Familiarize yourself with resources designed to help you succeed. Student Services offers a variety of academic supports, from study sessions to tutoring and writing workshops.


Take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the new Hangar Fitness Centre, to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and varsity athletics.

Learn more at Sports and Recreation, which includes links to fitness facilities, sport clubs, intramurals and recreation programs, as well as the nationally ranked UBC Okanagan Heat varsity teams that compete in the Canada West Universities Athletics Association.

    Clubs and Associations

    • Make friends with similar interests and explore tutoring options with the Biology Course Union.
    • Branch out, get involved in student life, and have fun by joining various campus clubs.

    Living in Residence

    Meet new people while living in a study-oriented environment with easy access to academic and personal support.

    UBC Okanagan offers modern residence living surrounded by hiking and biking trails. One of the newest residences, Purcell, features a rooftop patio that offers a panoramic view of the campus and the Okanagan Valley.

    Find out more about living in residence at

    The Okanagan: What to Expect

    UBC’s Okanagan campus borders the dynamic city of Kelowna, a hub of economic development with a population of more than 150,000 people—the fourth fastest growing population in Canada. In fact, the Okanagan Valley is rated one of the best communities in Canada to grow your business.

    More than 160 buses travel daily from campus to key locations such as Kelowna's cultural district and thriving downtown waterfront. The campus is two minutes from the Kelowna International Airport, one of the Top 10 busiest airports in Canada.

    UBC Okanagan is situated within the First Nations territory of the Okanagan Nation, whose spirit of stewardship for the land is reflected in the university’s respect for sustainability.

    A diverse natural region with sandy beaches, beautiful farms, vineyards and orchards, and snow-capped mountains, the Okanagan Valley features sweeping stretches of lakeside and endless mountain trails for biking and hiking.

    Explore the Okanagan lifestyle at


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