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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:


NOTE:

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. **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 432 – Molecular Endocrinology
BIOL 435 – Molecular Evolution
BIOL 436 – Human Molecular Genetics
BIOL 439 – Molecular Epidemiology
BIOL 465 – The Molecular Basis of Cancer

Other possible courses (please note that most courses have prerequisites; advance planning is required):

BIOL 400 – History of Biology
BIOL 437 – DNA Mutation, Repair and Human Health (Prereqs 230 and 360)
PE 141 – Introductory Human Anatomy
PE 241A – Introduction to Human Cellular Physiology
PE 241B – Introduction to Human Systemic Physiology (Prereq PE 141)
PHIL 331 – Issues in Biomedical Ethics

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CONSERVATION BIOLOGY

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 311 – Biological Oceanography
or BIOL 319 – Marine Ecology (=MRNE 430)
or BIOL 314 A – Marine Field Biology
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates
BIOL 323 – Algae and Fungi
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 370 – Conservation Biology
EOS 110 – Introduction to the Earth System: I

Fourth Year

BIOL 345 – Animal Behaviour
BIOL 355 – Evolution
BIOL 418 – Plant Ecology
BIOL 427 – Population Ecology
BIOL 449 – Flowering Plant Diversity
GEOG 374 – Biogeography

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

BIOL 312 – Entomology
BIOL 335 – Ichthyology
MRNE 440 – Biology of Marine Birds
MRNE 445 – Biology of Marine Mammals
GEOG 375 – Forest Resource Management (Prereqs: GEOG 214)
GEOG 353 – Coastal and Marine Resources I (Prereqs: Geog 209 or 214)
ES 341 – Ecological Restoration (Prereqs: ES 200)
ES 402 – Global Issues in Sustainability (Prereqs: ES 200 and 301)
ES 418 – Environmental Law, Policy and Legislation (Prereqs: ES 200)
ES 446 – Sustainable Fisheries (Prereqs: ES 200 and one of 321 or 341)
ES 462 – Environmental Protection (Prereqs: ES 200 and 341)
Courses at Bamfield Marine Station

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ECOLOGY

Third year

BIOL 312 – Entomology
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates
BIOL 324 – Biology of Land Plants
BIOL 329 – Biology of Vertebrates of BC
BIOL 330 – Study Design and Data Analysis
BIOL 335 – Ichthyology
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 366 – Plant Physiology
BIOL 370 – Conservation Biology

Fourth year

BIOL 345 – Animal Behaviour
BIOL 418 – Plant Ecology
BIOL 427 – Population Ecology
BIOL 438 – Ecology of Prokaryotes
BIOL 446 – Advanced Aquatic Ecology

Other options:



Other possible courses (please note that most have prerequisites; advance planning is required):

ES 314 – Philosophy and the Environment
ES 321 – Ethnoecology ( Prereq ES 200)
ES 461 – Environmental Impact Assessment (Prereq ES 200 and one of ES 301, 321 or 341)
GEOG 328 – GIS for Natural Sciences (Prereq GEOG 228, CSC)
GEOG 374 – Biogeography (Prereq: GEOG 110 or 213 or 216 or EOS 110)

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EDUCATION

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

Third Year

BIOL 312 – Entomology
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates
BIOL 324 – Biology of Land Plants
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 370 – Conservation Biology
BIOL 400 – History of Biology
EOS 110 – Introduction to the Earth System: I (Could take in Year 1 or 2)
GEOG 101A – Biophysical Systems and the Human Environment (Could take in Year 1 or 2)

Fourth Year

BIOL 400 – History of Biology
Upper Level Biology in 1 Teaching Area (6 units)*

*Suggested courses:

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 318 – Flowering Plant Diversity
BIOL 323 – Algae and Fungi
BIOL 329 – Biology of the Vertebrates of BC
BIOL 345 – Animal Behaviour
BIOL 366 – Plant Physiology
BIOL 448 – Neuroethology
BIOL 355 – Evolution

MARINE BIOLOGY

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 311 – Biological Oceanography
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates
BIOL 323 – Algae and Fungi
BIOL 330 – Study Design and Data Analysis
BIOL 335 – Ichthyology
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
EOS 350 – Understanding the World's Oceans

Fourth Year *

BIOL 319 – Marine Ecology
BIOL 322 – Biology of Marine Invertebrates
BIOL 370 – Conservation Biology
BIOL 427 – Population Ecology
EOS 340 – Atmospheric Sciences

* NOTE: Fourth year MRNE courses taken at Bamfield Marine Station are considered upper level biology credits. See the Biology office for more details on current Bamfield course offerings in the summer or fall programs.

Other possible courses

EOS 408 – Marine Geology (Prereqs: EOS 201, 310, 340 or permission)
EOS 431 – Physical Oceanography (Prereqs: PHYS 112, MATH 205 or 200, 201; or permission)
GEOG 353 & 453 – Coastal and Marine Resources I & II (Prereq: GEOG 214)
GEOG 371 – Water Resources Management (Prereq: GEOG 214)

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MOLECULAR GENETICS / BIOTECHNOLOGY

Third Year

BIOL 309 – Developmental Biology
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
CHEM 213 – Practical Spectroscopy
MICR 302 – Molecular Microbial Physiology

Fourth Year

BIOL 401A – Biotechnology
BIOL 435 – Molecular Evolution
BIOL 436 – Human Molecular Genetics
BIOL 437 – DNA Mutation, Repair and Human Health
BIOL 465 – Molecular Basis of Cancer

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

BIOL 309 – Developmental Biology
BIOL 367 – Neurobiology: Molecules to Behaviour
BIOL 400 – History of Biology
BIOL 438 – Ecology of Prokoryotes
BIOC 401 – Gene Expression in Eukaryotes
BIOC 404 – Proteins
MICR 402 – Virology
MICR 405 – Molecular Biotechnology
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
BIOC 300A & 300B – General Biochemistry I & II

Fourth Year

BIOL 309 – Developmental Biology
BIOL 322 – Biology of Marine Invertebrates
BIOL 404 – Sensory Biology
BIOL 432 – Molecular Endocrinology
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 323 – Algae and Fungi
BIOL 324 – Biology of Land Plants
BIOL 325 – Tree Biology
BIOL 360 – Cell Biology
BIOL 330 – Study Design and Data Analysis
BIOL 366 – Plant Physiology
BIOC 300A & B – General Biochemistry I & II

Fourth Year

BIOL 449 – Flowering Plant Diversity
BIOL 418 – Plant Ecology
BIOL 453 – Plant Stress Response
BIOL 458 – Plant Biochemistry and Biochemical Ecology
BIOL 312 – Entomology
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates

Other possible courses

BIOL 334 – Plants and People (may ONLY be counted as elective for Biology students)
ES 341 – Ecological Restoration (Prereqs: ES 200)
ES 421 – Ethnobotany: Plants and Human Culture (Prereqs: ES 200 & 321)
GEOG 375 – Forest Resource Management (Prereqs: GEOG 214)
GEOG 379 – Pedology (Prereqs: One of GEOG 120, 213, 217 or EOS 110)

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VETERINARY MEDICINE *

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 329 – Biology of the Vertebrates of BC
BIOL 330 – Study Design and Data Analysis
BIOL 345 – Animal Behaviour
BIOL 360 – Cell Biology
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 401A – Biotechnology
BIOC 300A & B – General Biochemistry I & II

Fourth Year

BIOL 309 – Developmental Biology
BIOL 404 – Sensory Biology
BIOL 367 – Neurobiology: Molecules to Behaviour
BIOL 410 – Herpetology
BIOL 432 – Molecular Endocrinology
BIOL 355 – Evolution
MICR 402 – Virology
MICR 403 – Immunology

Other possible courses

BIOC 301 – Biochemistry Laboratory
BIOL 361 – Molecular Genetics and Genomics
BIOL 400 – History of Biology
BIOL 439 – Molecular Epidemiology
BIOL 448 – Neuroethology
MICR 408 – Microbial Pathogenesis
MICR 405 – Molecular Biotechnology
MRNE 440 – Biology of Marine Birds
MRNE 445 – Biology of Marine Mammals
MRNE 450 – Principles of Aquaculture

*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)

WILDLIFE BIOLOGY

Third Year

BIOL 307 – Chordate Zoology
BIOL 319 – Marine Ecology
BIOL 321 – Survey of Invertebrates
BIOL 323 – Algae and Fungi
BIOL 329 – Biology of Vertebrates of BC
BIOL 345 – Animal Behavior
BIOL 330 – Study Design and Data Analysis
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 366 – Plant Physiology

Fourth Year

BIOL 449 – Flowering Plant Diversity
BIOL 418 – Plant Ecology
BIOL 370 – Conservation Biology
BIOL 365 – Animal Physiology
BIOL 427 – Population Ecology
BIOL 446 - Advanced Aquatic Ecology
BIOL 355 – Evolution

Other possible courses

BIOL 319 – Marine Ecology (Prereqs: 323, 321, coreq 330)
BIOL 324 – Biology of Land Plants
BIOL 448 – Neuroethology (Prereqs: one of 345, 365)

 

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