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What can I do with a degree in... ?

Learn about careers on departmental websites

Career advice

Questions about a career? Our career educator, ), offers drop-in appointments in Elliott room 306, Thursdays from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Get help with career exploration, résumés, CVs and cover letters. Michelle has information about the current labour market and can help you prepare for interviews. She can also give you more information about majors and program options.

Drop by Elliott 306 or visit the Career Services portal to book one-on-one appointments with Michelle and access online job boards, workshops and programs.

Career advice from co-op offices

Try asking the co-op program in your area about careers. Co-operative education (co-op) is a great way to get experience while making employer contacts and paying your tuition.

Department website Co-op office email
Biochemistry and microbiology
Earth and ocean sciences
Mathematics and statistics
Physics and astronomy

Still have questions or need advice? Contact our career educator, ), for more information about majors, program options and career advice.

Advanced degrees

  • Higher education leads to greater scope and responsibility in your career, so a researcher with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) or Master of Science (MSc) will do more than one with a Bachelor of Science (BSc).
  • Professionals like medical doctors likely enter their professional programs after they complete a degree.
  • Some careers are based more strongly on a combination of skills and interdisciplinary education.

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

With a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree you could apply your lab and data analysis skills in support of a research project as a technician/technologist. Learn about undergraduate programs in the Faculty of Science.

Master of Science (MSc)

A Master of Science (MSc) degree would allow you to train and supervise technicians, write up and present results, and solve technical problems as a research associate or senior technician. Learn about graduate studies in the Faculty of Science.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

With a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) you could lead research projects. You might find yourself applying for funding, selecting and training research staff, and presenting and publishing your results internationally. Learn about graduate studies in the Faculty of Science.

Professional programs

Most professional programs have specific course requirements and a profession-specific entrance exam. They reward relevant work and volunteer experience in ranking applicants. 

Are you considering going into a medical, dental, pharmacy or veterinary program? Those programs require specific courses that you could take as part of a biology, chemistry, biochemistry or microbiology program. Each professional school lists the entry requirements – including courses.

Law programs tend to accept any bachelor's degree. A science background would allow you to draw on that knowledge for specific fields of law.

If you go into education, the key is having teaching areas in subjects that are taught in high school. Learn about UVic Education's post-degree professional programs.


Interdisciplinary careers combine different fields and skills for success. There are many careers where areas overlap, like:

  • biology + psychology = neuroscience

Technical or journalistic writing: Combine your knowledge of science and your passion for writing.

Sales and marketing: Combine your people skills with specific knowledge, for example as a sales representative for scientific supplies and equipment.

Want to learn more? Contact a for interdisciplinary career advice.

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