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Bachelor's degree

4 years

Honours, major, minor, extended minor

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus



  • Field trips enhance classroom learning
  • Co-op semester(s) provide paid work experience in your field of study
  • The most lab-intensive Bachelor of Science with a Biology major in B.C.
  • Opportunities in all four years for student-driven biology research, either with individual faculty or as part of regular courses.
  • Program eligible for financial aid


Gain an excellent grounding in modern biology and obtain the working skills of a professional biologist with a UFV Bachelor of Science in Biology.

In your first and second year, you gain a foundational understanding of cell biology, biochemistry, and ecology/organism interactions. In your third and fourth year, you expand your knowledge through a wide range of upper-level courses. 

You may also choose to take advantage of extra-curricular learning opportunities through field trips, study tours, and directed studies. The UFV Biology faculty will support you every step of your academic journey — even in your own research undertakings.  

Customize your degree to your interests by choosing one of the following concentrations:

  • Pre-medicine/Pre-veterinary
  • Cellular, Molecular, and Genetics
  • Ecology and Biology of Organisms

The program:

  • offers you a rich lab-intensive experience for interactive, hands-on practice in laboratory and research skills.
  • encourages you to develop your own biology research, either with individual faculty guidance or as part of regular course material.
  • facilitates co-op placements and summer work experience with local companies and organizations.
  • prepares you for graduate or professional schools with concentrations in varied fields such as genetics, ecology, or pre-medicine.


The Conference Board of BC reports that careers requiring knowledge of natural sciences offer a low unemployment rate and rising wages.

Biology degree holders are well placed to compete for entry-level positions in a variety of employment areas including land management, environmental protection, fish and wildlife service, the food and drug sector, geographical survey, health agencies, or agriculture.

A Biology degree is the essential starting point for graduate studies in various fields of biology, including biotechnology, environmental toxicology, neuroscience, ecology, and microbiology.


The entrance requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree will apply to the Biology program.

View entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Students can declare a major in Biology after completion of at least 30 university-level credits with a minimum of 2.0 CGPA on all credits attempted, and after meeting the declaration requirements for Biology.


This program is open to international students


Students who do not meet the entrance requirements can upgrade in order to meet prerequisites for university classes.

Book an appointment with the Upgrading and University Preparation department to discuss your upgrading needs.


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