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Careers in biology - Suggested courses

 

A Biology degree can lead to careers in many areas. To help you navigate your way through your degree, refer to the Careers Flowchart. Course lists relevant for careers in:


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The following course lists are a suggested set of courses relevant to the respective career paths. For each area of interest, other possible course combinations exist depending on your career interests. The area of interest will NOT appear on your diploma when you graduate. Note that most courses have prerequisites.  Advance planning is required.  **Please BE AWARE that not all courses are offered in all years. See the UVic Calendar for Biology degree program requirements. Check the timetable for current course scheduling information.

BIOMEDICINE

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 309 – Developmental Biology
BIOL 360 – Cell Biology
BIOL 361 – Molecular Genetics and Genomics
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 367 – Neurobiology: Molecules to Behaviour
BIOC 300A & 300 B – General Biochemistry I & II
For medical students, 3 units of ENGL may be required.

Fourth Year

BIOL 401A – Biotechnology
BIOL 404 – Sensory Biology
BIOL 409B – Experimental Neurobiology
BIOL 432 – Molecular Endocrinology
BIOL 435 – Molecular Evolution
BIOL 436 – Human Molecular Genetics
BIOL 437 – DNA Repair, Mutation and Human Health
BIOL 439 – Molecular Epidemiology
BIOL 447 – Ion Channels and Disease
BIOL 459 – Human Microbial Disease 
BIOL 465 – The Molecular Basis of Cancer

Other related courses:

BIOL 400 – History of Biology
EPHE 141 – Human Anatomy
EPHE 241 – Introduction to Human Systemic Physiology (Prereq PE 141)
EPHE 242– Introduction to Human Cellular Physiology
PHIL 331 – Issues in Biomedical Ethics

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CONSERVATION BIOLOGY/ECOLOGY

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 311 – Biological Oceanography
BIOL 312 – Entomology
BIOL 319 – Marine Ecology (=MRNE 430)
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates
BIOL 324 – Biology of Land Plants
BIOL 325 – Tree Biology
BIOL 329 – Biology of the Vertebrates of BC
BIOL 330 – Study Design and Data Analysis
BIOL 335 – Ichthyology
BIOL 336 – Biology of Algae
BIOL 345 – Animal Behaviour
BIOL 355 – Evolution
BIOL 370 – Conservation Biology

Fourth Year

BIOL 418 – Plant Ecology
BIOL 438 – Nutrient Cycling & Prokcryotes
BIOL 446 – Advanced Aquatic Ecology
BIOL 449 – Flowering Plant Diversity
BIOL 457 – Paleoecology & Environmental Change
BIOL 462 – Community & Ecosystem

Other related courses are offered by the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (MRNE), the Department of Geography (GEOG), the Schools for Environmental Studies (ES) and Earth and Ocean Sciences (EOS).

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EDUCATION

Please refer to the Faculty of Education Secondary Post Degree Professional Admission Requirements

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 312 – Entomology
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates
BIOL 323 – Algae and Fungi
BIOL 324 – Biology of Land Plants
BIOL 329 – Biology of the Vertebrates of BC
BIOL 334 – Plants and People
BIOL 336 – Biology of Algae
BIOL 345 – Animal Behaviour
BIOL 349 – Flowering Plant Diversity
BIOL 351 – The Biology Behind The News
BIOL 355 – Evolution
BIOL 359 – Food, Disease and People
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 366 – Plant Physiology
BIOL 370 – Conservation Biology

Fourth Year

BIOL 400 – History of Biology
BIOL 438 – Nutrient Cycling & Prokoyotes
BIOL 448 – Neuroethology
BIOL 459 – Human Microbial Diseases

MARINE BIOLOGY

The Department of Biology offers a concentration in Marine Biology. Students have the option to declare this concentration, and must complete the courses noted below within the Bachelor of Science, Major and Honours programs. The chosen concentration will appear on students’ transcripts.

The concentration will require a minimum of 7 courses as follows:

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MOLECULAR GENETICS / BIOTECHNOLOGY

Third Year

BIOL 309 – Developmental Biology
BIOL 326 –  Development & Genetics of Model Plants
BIOL 355 – Evolution
BIOL 360 – Cell Biology
BIOL 361 – Molecular Genetics and Genomics
BIOL 362 – Techniques in Molecular Biology
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 366 – Plant Physiology
BIOC 300A & B – General Biochemistry I & II

Fourth Year

BIOL 401A – Biotechnology
BIOL 404 – Sensory Biology
BIOL 432 – Molecular Endochrinology
BIOL 435 – Molecular Evolution
BIOL 436 – Human Molecular Genetics
BIOL 437 – DNA Mutation, Repair and Human Health
BIOL 439 – Molecular Epidemiology
BIOL 465 – Molecular Basis of Cancer

Other related courses(please note that most have prerequisites; advance planning is required).

CHEM 213 – Practical Spectroscopy
MICR 302 – Molecular Microbiology
BIOC 401 – Gene Expression in Eukaryotes
BIOC 404 – Proteins
MICR 402 – Virology
MICR 405 – Biotechnology and Synthetic Biology
MICR 408 – Microbial Pathogenesis

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NEUROSCIENCE / NEUROETHOLOGY

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 312 – Entomology
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates
BIOL 345 – Animal Behaviour
BIOL 360 – Cell Biology
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 367 – Neuroscience: Molecules to Behaviour
BIOC 300A & 300B – General Biochemistry I & IIOR BIOC 299

Fourth Year

BIOL 309 – Developmental Biology
BIOL 322 – Biology of Marine Invertebrates
BIOL 404 – Sensory Biology
BIOL 432 – Molecular Endocrinology
BIOL 447 - Ion Channels and Disease
BIOL 448 – Neuroethology

Other possible courses

BIOL 400 – History of Biology
PHIL 331 – Issues in Biomedical Ethics

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PLANT BIOLOGY

Third Year

BIOL 312 – Entomology
BIOL 324 – Biology of Land Plants
BIOL 325 – Tree Biology
BIOL 326 – Development & Genetics of Model Plants
BIOL 334 – Plants and People (may ONLY be counted as an ELECTIVE for Biology students)
BIOL 336 – Biology of Algae
BIOL 360 – Cell Biology
BIOL 330 – Study Design and Data Analysis
BIOL 366 – Plant Physiology
BIOC 300A & B – General Biochemistry I & II
GEOG 379 – Pedology (Prereqs: One of GEOG 120, 213, 217 or EOS 110)

Fourth Year

BIOL 449 – Flowering Plant Diversity
BIOL 418 – Plant Ecology
BIOL 438 – Nutrient Cycling & Prokoyotes
BIOL 457 – Paleoecology & Environmental Change
BIOL 458 – Plant Biochemistry and Biochemical Ecology

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VETERINARY MEDICINE *

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 309 – Developmental Biology
BIOL 329 – Biology of the Vertebrates of BC
BIOL 330 – Study Design and Data Analysis
BIOL 345 – Animal Behaviour
BIOL 355 – Evolution
BIOL 360 – Cell Biology
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 367 – Neurobiology: Molecules to Behaviour
BIOC 300A & B – General Biochemistry I & II

Fourth Year

BIOL 401A – Biotechnology
BIOL 404 – Sensory Biology
BIOL 410 – Herpetology
BIOL 432 – Molecular Endocrinology
BIOL 448 – Neuroethology

Other related courses

MICR 303 – Immunology
MICR 402 – Virology
MICR 408 – Microbial Pathogenesis
MRNE 440 – Biology of Marine Birds
MRNE 445 – Biology of Marine Mammals

*please note that some veterinary schools require at least 2 terms of English and at least 1 term of Introductory Microbiology (e.g. U. of Saskatoon)

 

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