Bachelor of Science (BSc)


Explore the animal kingdom as a biological scientist by studying behaviours, physiology, anatomy, and the entire animal organism.

Zoology UBC Okanagan zoology major Eliza Maze volunteered at the Noah’s Ark Wildlife Centre in Namibia.

What You Need to Know

Why study zoology at UBC’s Okanagan campus?

Career opportunities
Build a broad foundation with a globally recognized UBC degree. A UBC degree in zoology prepares graduates for a range of careers in such areas as conservation, environmental assessment, aquaculture, forensic biology, toxicology, and more.

Access to professors
Visit your prof during office hours or volunteer to assist with a research project on biodiversity, resilience, and ecosystem services—just some of the topics renowned UBC faculty researchers are exploring.

Field research
Work closely with classmates and professors while studying in outdoor settings where you can apply your knowledge and skills to solve real-world resource management problems.

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 zoology, a College of Applied Biology accredited program that studies animal biology from the perspective of the entire animal organism. The major in zoology at Okanagan campus embraces a broad range of topics in animal biology (physiology, ecology, developmental biology).

Students gain practical experience and skills in laboratory and fieldwork, computers, and communication.

In zoology undergraduate studies at UBC Okanagan, you can complete a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in zoology, or a BSc  honours in zoology.


UBC Okanagan’s zoology program offers a variety of foundational and advanced courses that cover physiology, ecology, and developmental biology.

Sample courses:

  • BIOL 356 — Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
  • BIOL 372 — Field Ornithology
  • BIOL 417 — Evolutionary Ecology

Click here to browse zoology courses and descriptions.

Degree Options

The following links take you to zoology 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 zoology 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, while building a broad foundation and great career potential with undergraduate Zoology studies. Job opportunities range from animal care to fish hatchery technician and science policy analyst.



  • Agrology technician
  • Animal care technician
  • Aquaculture technician
  • Bacteriology technician
  • Bioanalyst
  • Biogeographer
  • Biological laboratory technologist
  • Biostatistician
  • Biotechnologist
  • Conservation officer
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental impact assessor
  • Fish and wildlife officer
  • Fish hatchery technician
  • Food inspector
  • Forensic biologist
  • Hydrometric technologist
  • Interpretive naturalist
  • Microbiology quality control technologist
  • Park warden
  • Pathology assistant
  • Pharmaceutical sales representative
  • Pollution control technologist
  • Science policy analyst
  • Soil conservationist
  • Toxicologist
  • Wildlife manager
  • Zookeeper

Potential Employers

  • Agricultural, dairy product, cosmetic, fertilizer, food, and pharmaceutical manufacturers
  • Architectural, engineering, and other science-based companies
  • Coal, oil, gas and forestry companies
  • Engineering and land appraisal firms
  • Federal, provincial, and municipal laboratories or regulatory agencies
  • Food and beverage processing and manufacturing companies
  • Post-secondary educational institutions
  • Private or public laboratories, including forensics
  • Service firms to agriculture/agricultural supplies wholesalers
  • Zoos and museums

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 Graduate Studies. 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.

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 Zoology program:
Alea Stockton

Alea Stockton, UBC Student

“It is such an amazing opportunity to get hands-on experience in the field.”

Mark Rheault

Mark Rheault, UBC Professor

“I get really excited about doing something that no one has done before.”

Matt Glover

Matt Glover, UBC Alumnus

“I went from feeling like ‘I have to go to that class’ to ‘I get to go to that class!’ ”

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 Zoology 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.
  • * Best viewed in Chrome and Firefox

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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