Undergraduate programs

Students in an outdoor ecology class
Our programs incorporate hands-on learning in classrooms, labs and in the field. These ecology students are doing field work on campus.

Biology degree programs

You will have the opportunity to study Biology at one of the following levels of concentration: General, Minor, Major or Honours.  We offer:

Biology student advising

Course selection

Students have the freedom to design their own program in Biology.  Upon completion of the five core Biology courses, you can choose 300- and 400-level courses based on your interests.  The following course guidance documents can be used guide you to key courses in four major Biology disciplines: Ecology and Evolution, Cell and Molecular Biology, Organismal Biology, and Physiology. In selecting courses, you may want to combine courses from two or more disciplines. 

You may also select courses to complete one of three concentrations in Biology: Marine Biology, Forest Biology and Neurobiology.  Concentrations are indicated on your transcript.

A current list of courses is available in the UVic Academic Calendar. You can also take courses through the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre. Course outlines are also available.

Honours program

The Biology Honours Program provides an opportunity for qualified senior undergraduates to undertake a research project, to work closely with a research supervisor, and to improve their skills in oral and written scientific communication.  The Honours Program is especially recommended for students considering postgraduate work in biology.  It comprises three courses: BIOL 460, Honours Seminar, and BIOL 499A and 499B, Honours Thesis. 

For more information, read about the Biology Honours Program and then contact the Biology Honours Advisors.


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