Bachelor of Science (BSc)
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What you will learn in this program
Biologists ask questions such as: How does an ecosystem remain productive? In what ways do fungi adapt to their environments? How do single-celled organisms lead their lives?
From biomolecules to the biosphere, the biological sciences consider life in all forms. As the most broadly based biological sciences program, this degree will provide you with a marketable set of transferrable skills upon graduation. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur while actively working on problems in class, during tutorials, and in the laboratory.
Biologists have career opportunities in areas such as environmental management and conservation, scientific research, biotechnology, and more. A degree in biological sciences can be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or to another professional degree such as dentistry, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.
Your courses include:
Foundations of Chemistry (Structure and Bonding), General Chemistry (Structure and Bonding), Introductory Calculus, Linear Methods I, Energy Flow in Biological Systems
Admission requirements and information
Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.
Practical research opportunities - Gain hands-on experience learning techniques and using tools to address real-world issues.
Lab work - Learn how to use tools and develop techniques within a supervised laboratory setting.
Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.
Early in my undergraduate career, I received outstanding support from Student Accessibility Services and met inspiring and passionate professors. They showed me how powerful it is to give someone the opportunity to succeed. I knew that if I worked hard and kept a constant focus on my goal of studying paleontology, anything could be possible. For me, studying paleontology is about uncovering the past and preserving current and future generations so we may prevent species declines in the future.
Amanda G., BSc'15
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UCalgary has been a fantastic place for me to work toward my goal of becoming a veterinarian. A general biological sciences degree gives me more control over the courses I take, and the freedom to explore what UCalgary has to offer. This year, I spent a semester at the Bamfield Marine Sciences Centre (BMSC). I completed many of my higher level course requirements while learning about marine sciences, and gaining experience, using equipment, and developing skills I couldn’t have anywhere else.
Alexis D., biological sciences student
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