Careers in biology

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Get the skills you need for a career in exciting fields like marine biology, genetics and genomics, forest biology, neuroscience, conservation biology and more.

What can I do with a degree in biology?

A degree from us will prepare you for a wide range of careers. Our alumni work in marine biology, genetics and genomics, forest biology, neuroscience, conservation biology, medicine, agriculture and more.

You'll learn to conduct research, work in the field and in labs, and gain skills in oral and written scientific communication.

  • Bioengineer
  • College/high school teacher
  • Conservation officer
  • Dentist
  • Environmental educator
  • Fisheries biologist
  • Forest biologist
  • Health educator
  • Health information specialist
  • Laboratory scientist
  • Medical doctor
  • Physiotherapist
  • Program coordinator
  • Research technician
  • Scientific writer
  • Sustainability consultant
  • Veterinarian
  • Wildlife biologist

More information from UVic Co-op + Career Services (PDF)

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Meet our alumni

Christine Roper

Marine biologist and graduate student

Participating in the co-op program at UVic had a pivotal influence on her work experience and successful employment after graduation. Her passion and interest for coral reef biology lead her to move to Australia to pursue a career related to the Great Barrier Reef. Since arriving in Australia, Christine has completed several research assistant jobs, helped in the filming of the documentary Chasing Coral, and worked as a marine biologist on a snorkelling vessel. Read more

BSc - Biology (2015), Marine Biology

Vishal Punwani

Physician / Entrepreneur
Royal Melbourne Hospital / Sage Learning Inc.

Vishal is a medical resident rotating through medical, surgical and emergency settings in Melbourne. He also works on the MD curriculum and on learning technologies at Harvard Medical School in Boston and is a consultant to the World Health Organization and the International Telecommunications Union in Geneva. Vishal also serves as CEO and Co-founder of Sage Learning Inc. Read more

BSc - Biology (2011)

Stacy Boczulak

Environmental Scientist
Associated Environmental Consultants Inc.

Stacy is a consulting scientist who aims to minimize impacts on the environment while meeting the growing needs of our society. Her experience in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems gives her a unique perspective and has allowed her to work on an array of projects. Read more

MSc - Biology (2013)

Erica Wheeler

Head of Collections Care and Conservation
Royal British Columbia Museum and Archives

Erica's job is to support and advocate for the development and care of the Natural History, Human History and Archival collections at the museum. She works with a diverse group of biologists, historians, archivists and museum professionals to physically document changes over time to biodiversity and to tangible and intangible cultural heritage of BC. Read more

BSc, MSc - Biology (2000, 2006)

Jackson Chu

Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow
Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Jackson is currently working on predictive habitat mapping of vulnerable marine ecosystems in the Canadian Pacific Ocean. Much of this work feeds into Canada's conservation efforts for establishing marine protected areas on our coast. Read more

PhD - Biology (2016)