Undergraduate students - FAQ
Scroll through our questions and you may see yours listed - along with an answer. If you don't see your question listed here, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I have questions about transfer credits, science electives and course substitutions.
A: Contact a Biology Undergraduate Adviser
- 1st and 2nd year advising: contact Dr. Francis Choy
- 3rd and 4th year advising: contact Dr. Will Hintz
- Registration help: contact email@example.com
- General questions: contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: What if I don't have Biology 12?
A: Students lacking Biology 12 will need to complete BIOL 150B. Those who feel they have the equivalent of BC High School Biology 12 can write a Placement Exam offered during the 1st week of classes. Contact email@example.com to register for the exam prior to the start of classes.
Q: What if I don't have any high school Biology?
A: Students lacking Biology 11 and 12 need to complete BIOL 150A and BIOL 150B.
Q: What is the GPA requirement for the Biology Honours program?
A: Your GPA must average 6.0 over all Biology courses (including courses taken at other institutions for which you receive transfer credit). For more information on the Honours program, please visit our Honours program webpage.
Q: At what point during an undergraduate degree can I enter the Honours program?
A: The Honours program is intended for students in the last year of their undergraduate program. Students should be investigating the requirements towards the end of their third year. For more information on the Honours program, please visit our Honours program webpage.
Q: I'm having trouble registering for courses/labs.
A: Please contact Janice Gough at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: I want to get some experience working in a research lab?
A: There are different ways to get experience in a research lab as an undergrad student. See the links below for more information on each program.
- NSERC Undergraduate Science Research Award (NSERC-USRA): a research-work term in a research a lab.
- Faculty of Science Undergraduate Research Award (SURA): a research-work term in a research lab. for more information, see terms of reference and application.
- Workstudy program: gain experience during the Fall and Spring term working in a teaching or research lab.
- Directed Studies: a credit course for senior students working on a project in a research lab. For more information, contact email@example.com.
- Honours program: please visit our Honours program webpage for more information.
Q: I want to be a botanist/entomologist/geneticist/conservation officer/marine biologist/vetinerary/medical doctor. Which courses should I take?
Q: I want to get a degree in "Marine Biology".
A: The Department of Biology doesn’t offer a specific program in Marine Biology but you can take you can take marine courses as electives for your Biology degree. Take a look at our courses by looking at our course outlines. Biol 311, 321, 322, and 319 are all marine courses.
While you’re studying at UVic, you also have the option of taking courses at Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC) http://www.bms.bc.ca/ for credit at UVic. BMSC is located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, a 5-hour drive from Victoria. Fees at BMSC include room and board. BMSC offers intensive, hands-on courses and is a great opportunity for in-depth study of marine science and ecology. For more information about opportunities at BMSC, please contact the University programs coordinator directly, firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also take courses through the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. The link to their course page is http://seos.uvic.ca/courses/index.htm. They offer courses in physical and chemical oceanography.
A: Visit the Undergraduate Admissions page and follow the directions. You'll find detailed information here to guide you through the process.
Q: I'm transferring from another institution. Will my courses transfer over to Biology?
A: Your transfer credits are evaluated when you apply to UVic. If you're transferring from a BC institution, check the BC Transfer Credit Guide to see if your credits will transfer. We can't evaulate transfer credits before you begin the application process.
Q: I'm a high school student. Which courses should I take in Gr. 11 and 12 if I want to study Biology at UVic?