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Why choose science at UVic?

As a science student at UVic, you won’t just memorize facts. You'll see how the concepts you're learning can be applied to problems like diseases and climate change.

Undergraduate studies
Ian Manners

Our edge in materials science

Ian Manners, renowned for his work in molecular and materials chemistry, comes to UVic as a Canada 150 Research Chair. He joins a team of scientists who are leading the way in materials science research.

Materials science at UVic
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Hands-on learning opportunities

In the lab, in the field, assisting with faculty research or at a co-op job, our students develop the strong practical skills that make learning real. Yamila Michelle Franco Peña is studying biological pest control in agriculture. 

Hands-on learning
Biology professor Francis Juanes with lab manager Jessica Qualley taking acoustic recordings. Credit: UVic Photo Services

Sounding the alarm on aquatic noise

A collaborative team led by UVic doctoral student and Hakai Scholar Kieran Cox and fish ecologist Francis Juanes found that human-caused noise is changing the ability of fish to forage, reproduce and avoid predation.

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UVic medical physicist Magdalena Bazalova-Carter and graduate student Dylan Breitkreutz are researching how to reduce the cost of radiation therapy. Photo: Photo Services.

Turn down the dose

With lower-energy radiation medical physicist Magdalena Bazalova-Carter is striving to improve access and effectiveness of the cancer therapy while reducing its harms.

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Caroline Cameron in her lab

Research that makes an impact

Our researchers are recognized world-wide for their impact on the world’s most pressing challenges. Dr. Caroline Cameron and her lab are working on developing a syphilis vaccine.

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Focus on sugar in new immune cell cancer research

UVic scientist Julian Lum has received a $1.08 million grant to research a new type of immunotherapy that factors a patient’s diet as a means of engineering natural immune cells to fight cancer.

Immunotherapy at UVic

Discover the future

Science prepares us for concepts we can’t imagine today but will shape our world tomorrow. Whether it’s working on a more potent treatment to fight cancer, developing more accurate climate prediction models or understanding the secrets of anti-matter, we're having an impact on the world.

Our six units—Biology, Biochemistry & Microbiology, Chemistry, Earth & Ocean Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, and Physics & Astronomy—will take you to the limits of human knowledge and understanding. Our research-intensive undergraduate and graduate programs allow you to work closely with internationally-renowned faculty.

From the atom to the universe, from the cell to the ecosystem, from the theoretical to the applied, we explore the reaches of modern science and mathematics.

Find your edge in UVic's Faculty of Science