Zoology

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

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What you will learn in this program

Zoologists ask questions such as: How do hurricanes disrupt nesting grounds? Can polar bears experience depression? Were penguins ever able to fly?

Zoology is the scientific study of animal biology from the perspective of the entire animal organism. As a highly interdisciplinary discipline, zoologists develop a broad knowledge base to inform their understanding of the animals with which we share our planet. During the course of your studies, much of your learning will occur in class, during tutorials, and through observing animals in their natural environment.

Career opportunities

​Zoologists have global career opportunities in areas such as environmental management and conservation, scientific research, biotechnology, and more. A degree in zoology can also be used as a stepping-stone to graduate studies or another professional degree such as law, medicine, veterinary medicine, or education.

Courses you'll take:

An Introduction to Invertebrate Zoology, General Chemistry (Structure and Bonding), Introduction to Human Anatomy and Physiology, Introductory Calculus, ​Energy Flow in Biological Systems

Admission requirements and information

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If you are currently in grade 12 or have recently completed high school, you must present five required grade 12 courses for your program as outlined below. Admissions averages will be calculated using either the early or standard admission processes.

Application Dates

October 1st 2018 to March 1st 2019

Faculty

Faculty of Science

Curriculum (Education System)

Alberta curriculum

Minimum Competitive Average

Mid 90s

Required Courses

  • English Language Arts 30-1
  • Mathematics 30-1
  • Two of: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, or CTS Computer Science Advanced Level (5 credit)
  • One approved course or option

Required Courses Notes

  1. High school direct entry to Biochemistry, Cellular, Molecular and Microbial Biology, Ecology, Plant Biology, and Zoology are all in the Honours stream. To enter the regular stream, seek a change of program from a different Faculty of Science program.
  2. Chemistry 30 is required as a prerequisite for courses in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics, and Astronomy programs.
  3. Biology 30 is required as a prerequisite for courses in Biological Sciences programs.
  4. Mathematics 31 is strongly recommended for all programs.
  5. Physics 30 is recommended for all Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Geosciences, Physics, and Astronomy programs, as well as for the Applied Mathematics major.
  6. A minimum grade of 70% in Alberta Mathematics 30-1 (or equivalent) is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  7. Students are encouraged to take high school courses related to their intended major, some courses not required for admission may be prerequisites for first-year courses.
  8. Equivalent International Baccalaureate (IB) or Advanced Placement (AP) courses are accepted.

Approved Courses/Options

Approved Courses

  • Indigenous Studies 30
  • Any 5-credit second language or language and culture course at the 30-level [1,2]
  • Any approved grade 12 IB diploma or AP academic subject
  • Biology 30
  • Chemistry 30
  • CTS Computer Science Advanced (5-credits)
  • English 30-1
  • Fine Arts (Art 30, Art 31, Choral Music 30, General Music 30, Instrumental Music 30, Drama 30, Dance 35)
  • Mathematics 30-1, 30-2, and 31 [1,3]
  • Physical Education 30
  • Physics 30
  • Science 30
  • Social Studies 30-1

Approved Options

  • Other five-credit 30-level courses excluding Special Projects 30 and English 30-2.
  • Three-credit courses: Two three-credit 20- or 30-level courses can be combined to fulfil ONE requirement. Courses at the 20- and 30-level CANNOT be combined to satisfy a course requirement.
  • One-credit courses: five intermediate or five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil one approved option requirement.

Approved Courses/Options Notes

  1. Two courses in the same subject area may not be presented to satisfy entrance requirements unless the courses are Mathematics 30-1, Mathematics 30-2 or Mathematics 31
  2. Only one grade 12 level course in a language stream may be used to satisfy admission requirements.: (a) one of Alberta French 30, 31A, 31B, 31C, 30-3Y, 30-9Y (or equivalent subjects); Alberta French Language Arts 30-1, 30-2 (or equivalent subjects), (b) one of Alberta Chinese Language Arts 30 (3Y, 6Y, 9Y, 12Y) (or equivalent subjects); Alberta Chinese Language and Culture 30 (3Y, 6Y) (or equivalent subjects).
  3. A minimum grade of 70% in Mathematics 30-1 is the prerequisite for first-year math courses.
  4. One-credit courses: five intermediate or five advanced credits in Career and Technology Studies (CTS) can be used to fulfil ONE requirement. Intermediate and Advanced Credits cannot be combined to satisfy a course requirement.

Standard Admission

If you are currently completing high school, you will automatically be considered for admission using the standard admission by calculating your admission average using final grade 11 grades and at least one grade 12 approved course (if both grade 11 and 12 grades are provided, the grade 12 grade will be used) from the required courses for your program choice. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent).

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Early Admission

You may be offered early admission (based on your available grade 11 or 12 results) for English, Mathematics, and two of Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Admitted students must complete all 30-level (or equivalent) required courses outlined above, maintain the admission average required for admission in the application year and obtain the Alberta Grade 12 diploma (or equivalent)..

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Required Documents

Alberta: There is no need to send your transcripts. The University of Calgary will obtain transcripts on your behalf from the Ministry of Education. Other Canadian Provinces and Territories: Official transcripts are documents which are sent directly to the University of Calgary's admissions office from your school or the Department of Education maintaining such records. It's your responsibility to request transcripts from any non-Alberta institutions to be sent directly to the university's admissions office.

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ELP

English is the official language of instruction at the University of Calgary. All applicants must demonstrate English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

See English Language Proficiency requirements

Indigenous Admissions Process

When you apply for admission, you'll first be considered under the program admission requirement criteria. If you've self-identified as Indigenous on your application form, you'll automatically receive consideration under the Indigenous Admissions process if needed. If you're granted admission under this process, you will be asked to submit documentation to verify your Indigenous identity before registering for classes. Self-identification also allows us to support you through your admissions process, assist you with academic advising and referrals, and provide you with updates about our many cultural and social activities.

See our Indigenous Admissions Process

Diverse Qualifications

If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and have achieved excellence outside of academics, or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process.

More information about Diverse Qualifications

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Program Highlights

Program enhancements

Collaborative team work - Interact with your peers while learning to collaborate on projects.

Program enhancements

Practical research opportunities - Gain hands-on experience learning techniques and using tools to address real-world issues.

Program enhancements

Lab work - Learn how to use tools and develop techniques within a supervised laboratory setting.

Hands-on opportunities

Study abroad opportunities - Cultural and academic experiences at destinations around the world.

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​Amar D., BSc'14

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2500 University Drive NW
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