Bachelor of Science (BSc)
Explore the animal kingdom as a biological scientist by studying behaviours, physiology, anatomy, and the entire animal organism.
What You Need to Know
Why study zoology at UBC’s Okanagan campus?
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.
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.
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.
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.
- BIOL 356 — Comparative Vertebrate Physiology
- BIOL 372 — Field Ornithology
- BIOL 417 — Evolutionary Ecology
Click here to browse zoology courses and descriptions.
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.
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 you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc.
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
Plan ahead to ensure you meet important deadlines and other target dates listed at you.ubc.ca.
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 you.ubc.ca—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.
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
- Biological laboratory technologist
- 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
- Wildlife manager
- 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
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.
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.
Follow your ideas and get a head start on your career:
- Pursue innovative and original research as part of the IKBSAS Undergraduate Research Awards.
- Participate in the IKBSAS Undergraduate Research Conference.
- Check out these videos: Students and professors discuss the Undergraduate Research Conference and other undergraduate research opportunities.
- Take part in Research Abroad and experience different cultures while developing new research skills and accessing resources beyond what might be offered at UBC.
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.
- Irving K. Barber School Undergraduate Research Awards: Up to $6,500 plus $1,500 for expenses
NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Awards: Minimum $6,500
- Pushor Mitchell Gold Medal Leadership Prize: $10,000
- 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: ourstories.ok.ubc.ca.
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 you.ubc.ca.
- 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.
- 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
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 you.ubc.ca.
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 you.ubc.ca.
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